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    Pro-Ject Debut III
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    Polk Audio RTiA1 (2), Polk Audio PSW 110
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    Marantz SR-63 Integrated Amp
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    Parks Audio Budgie
  • Turntable Cartridge
    Ortofon 2M Blue
  • Turntable Speed Controller / Speed Box
    Pro-Ject Speedbox S
  • Interconnects/Wires
    Blue Jeans Cables LC-1 Interconnects

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  1. https://www.discogs.com/sell/release/4337886 Steep, but there
  2. I thought I would throw this together for any others experiencing a similar issue - it may be common sense to some, but it sure helped me. TLDR: Oil your motors and sub-platters! I've had my current Pro-Ject table for about 8 years now, nothing special but it's been a solid performer and never let me down. Over the past year or so I noticed a very slight hum developing - this would occur only when the needle was in contact with a moving record. After searching high and low, attaching and detaching motor mounts, oiling parts, replacing the belt, isolating the table, etc., I could not get the hum to go away and over time it became more and more noticeable. At this point, I had just about accepted this as part of my set-up when I stumbled on an old post in the blackholes that are audio forums from the early aughts. I was turned on to a small bottle of sewing machine lubricant and a few places to try oiling so I thought "what could it hurt?" I started by oiling the base of the motor spindle, which immediately made a noticeable difference in sound, the hum had been reduced to about 60%. In search of the cleanest sound possible, I started poking around the table for more metal-on-metal action when I moved to the sub-platter. This was most likely the true culprit as there was very little lubrication on either the spindle itself or the surfaces inside where the spindle rotates. Just 2-3 drops of lubricant onto the spindle, a few manual rotations to spread the oil and my table is running as it did out of the box on day 1 – ZERO HUM. For those interested, I used ProTeca synthetic oil per some suggestions to look into sewing machine oils – it's $8.99 on Amazon and the needle applicator works like a charm for those tight spots! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041OXUZS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  3. I got my early bird in the mail yesterday and for what it's worth it doesn't look half bad, but it ain't got nothin' on that BSM blue mix.
  4. Dang, same, my label was created on 3/13 and no movement since. Glad to know I'm not alone.
  5. Just got mine today and had a chance to spin Stratosphere - very pleased and the moon dust color looks fantastic.
  6. I'll make deals for multiple, just trying to free up some much-needed space - freebies thrown in $5 • Autarkeia – S/T (NM/VG – black vinyl) • Collections of Colonies of Bees – Six Guitars (NM, single-sided & etched, plastic jacket) • Dave House – See That No One Else Escapes (NM/NM - grey marble swirl, /600) • Pacemaker – S/T (NM/VG – silver vinyl, /200) • Wedding Dress – Desperate Glow (NM/NM – black vinyl) • Rural Alberta Advantage - Terrified - 7" Flexi (NM - clear vinyl) • Rozwell Kid/TWIABP - Split - 7" (NM/NM - white vinyl, /500) $10 • Kevin Devine – Bulldozer (NM/NM – black vinyl) • Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band – Bubblegum (NM/NM – black vinyl) • Neutral Milk Hotel – On Avery Island (NM/NM – 180g black vinyl) • You Blew It! – Abendrot (NM/NM – pink vinyl) • Bicycle Sunday/Park Jefferson - Split - 7" (NM/NM - black or "smurf blood" vinyl, /100 & /225 respectively) • Modest Mouse - A Life of Arctic Sounds - 7" (NM/NM - clear vinyl, /421) $15 • Blis. – No One Loves You (NM/NM – black vinyl) • Dowsing – It’s Still Pretty Terrible (NM/NM – mustard yellow /350) • Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost (NM/NM – 180g Easter yellow /3700) • Sweet Valley – Eternal Champ II (NM/NM – blue vinyl) • Underoath – Erase Me (NM/NM – 180g acid green vinyl) • Beach Slang - Beach Slang - 7" (NM/NM - black vinyl) • Father John Misty - Real Love Baby - 7" (NM/NM - black vinyl) $20 • Father John Misty – Pure Comedy (NM/NM - red cover, black vinyl) • Moving Mountains – Foreword (NM/NM - 2012 RSD RP) • Thursday/Envy – Split (NM/VG+ - #’d, gold/black swirl, screen printed jacket) Other • Bon Iver - 22, A Million - (NM/NM - transparent red vinyl) - $35 • Circle Takes the Square – As the Roots Undo (NM/NM - gray/aqua /600) - $40 • TWIABP - Harmlessness - (NM/NM - clear & pink swirl, /1000) - $35
  7. If you're only getting distortion on the inner-tracks, then you've most likely got a bad alignment. Take care with the protractor (go by the glass Ortofon protractor, not the paper print-out) to see that the cartridge is equally aligned at both the outer and inner points. Also, the stylus (not the cartridge body) should meet the record in as perfectly vertical a manner as possible. I always follow-up a cartridge alignment with a visual and auditory inspection. Take a flashlight and shine it directly at the point where the stylus meets the record - the needle should be receiving the groove as "straight" as possible at any given point. If you still hear distortion, stop and start again. Good luck!
  8. Best of luck with this, I've been looking for a copy (at a reasonable price) forever - I'll be filled with envy upon your success!
  9. Yes, but let's not all get excited just yet - I followed up with an email given the extremely early date and it was indeed a mistake. I ordered some t-shirts a week or so back off that $15 sale and I guess the wires got crossed somewhere along the line.
  10. Shipping info says I'll have this early next week - slightly less amped after hearing a few tracks but I'll always be an AF/Kinsella fanboi.