Non-Smoking Man

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    Bracknell, Berks
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    Jack lambert

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  1. A fair question..

    Why? Jack NSM

    I have a Blue Jeans RCA to XLR female spare. Its yellow and it was made up from their subwoofer cable. I chose it for my horn system because its very well shielded and I had a hum problem at the time. Its Belden cable . Speedysteve made it up for me, so professionally terminated. Someone's borrowing it and returning it to me at Scalford. £15. (1 metre.) Jack NSM
  4. I am enjoying my newly retipped and mono'd Decca Gold at this very moment. It arrived from John Wright the other day and my mate (previous owner) installed it in my unipivot (Wilson Benesch Act.5) (Decca owners know they go well in Unipivots) and its behaving very very well and sounding terrific. I always thought a Decca Gold, without the vertical coils and operating as it was originally designed as a mono with a single generator would be a cheap way to get a good mono cart - and I am being proved right. In this guise it doent need the front end arm damping that I have always maintained the stereo one needed. Its following an AT33PTG and, with all other variables held constant, its beating it. The cart cost me nothing - it was given back to me worn out by my mate after 37 years of combined use in our ownerships - and cost £258 to retip and convert to mono. Jack NSM
  5. Well said Graham. I respect Max Townsend for his engineering and design prowess. I well remember wandering into Jefferies Hifi in Brighton when I was at Sussex Uni with a fellow student to listen to a Townsend Rock. This was 37 years ago. That same student will be my right hand man at the forthcoming Scalford Show, demonstrating, inter alia, a Cranfield Rock Gramaphone . Going back to my Brighton days, a bit later I actually answered an advert in the local evening paper and found myself in Elm Grove with that selfsame demonstrater in position to buy his personal Cranfield Rock (with an Ittock). The one you can hear at the show isnt the same one but it is the same model - the Rock Reference without the electronic speed change. In those days Popular Hifi edited by Chris Frankland ,ruled the roost and Max was in the position of having a superior turntable to their reference (Linn Sondek) at half the price and a tenth of the sales. He has been to Gibralter and back since then, but still soldiers on with innovative products. He was rumoured to be turning up at Scalford when I was last there but the rumours proved unfounded.. I met him once in Molesey when I went to find a replacement motor for that Cran Rock I mentioned earlier. There were 3 on his desk - 'that's all there are', he said. I bought one for £50. Jack NSM
  6. ....You are a chat show host and you have a celebrity from stage, screen or the music business and an opportunity to ask a 'burning question'. Who would be your guest, and what would be your question? I'll kick off: To Van Morrison .. was Gloria a real person? Jack NSM
  7. Sorry I couldnt be there Graham: 1. I didnt spot it; 2., Saturday p.m. is horseracing time for me. The Vida is very good - I tried my Welborne Labs valve phono against Montesquieu's Vida and , whilst not disgraced, it wasnt as good. On the subject of AC/DC, on my frequent visits to Speedysteve's to check if his system STILL sounded better than mine, one of our reference tracks, which we both loved, was 'The Jack'. Do you know it? ..'she played the Jack..etc.,' Howcome you didnt make Lurch's bake Off? It was good. Make sure you get your name down for May. Keep in touch, Jack NSM
  8. Having a 5 way horn system ( and therefore 5 amps, plus SUT, phono stage and pre amp, and Turntable) means I have a racking problem greater than most. Previously I was using chrome garage racking on wheels (to help getting behind it) with carpet and wood slats for damping and isolation from the ringing metal. The RR was housed in a pine hall furniture item and some of the electronics was on one of its shelves. I removed the chrome unit recently, retained the hall pine unit that houses the TD124 , and put the electronics on some standard Target tables. (I moved it all to the middle of the room - but that's irrelevant (i think).) The relevant point I wish to make concerns the use of isolation cones: My pre amp (a valved DIY Supply Basie) was moved from the chrome racking to the wooden hall furniture and sat on a wooden shelf. When I came to reset the levels on the adjustable electronic crossover (which we do by muting each level in turn and listening separately, and thenassessing the combined sound) I found that the bass controls were at an unusual point on the scale, ie different to the way we assessed it when it was housed on the heavily damped chrome racking. I had some isolation cones available and tried these under the pre amp. (I used 3, as it happens as I found 4 made it rock slightly) and the result was the amount of bass dropped.significantly. I reflected that I had been getting some boom from the bass so I went back to the old bass settings (on subs and bass that 500 Hz and below) and the bass reverted to something tighter and better defined. The wooden hall furniture had been playing the bass along with the pre amp. (Whether it was because it was valve and subject to different susceptibities compared to SS I couldnt say for sure.) The cones made a big improvement by isolating the pre amp from the properties of the wooden unit. Its safe to say I think that if for reasons of expense or convenience ,say, you press a non hifi rack into service, then you can improve its performance by the use of isolation cones. It is possible that dedicated hi fi racking should also benefit from them. Not just cones perhaps -.I use hockey pucks for some items
  9. Moggy58 knows a Wammer who, I believe might be able to help. Jack
  10. Im a late entry. The kit is all analogue and comprises the Cranfield Rock 'Gramaphone', sporting a rewired Alphason H100S, and Ortofon Cadenza Blue MC cartridge; Welborne Labs clone phono stage (MM) with Partridge SUT; analogue electronic crossover splitting the signal south to the 15" hornloaded (ex Speedysteve) conical horns acting as subwoofers to (northwards) standmounted Revel Gems doing the midbass/mid and tops Amps to be decided. Valves to the Revels for sure. We havent tried it yet! Dry run pencilled in at my place Thursday. Revels kindly lent by Batterredhaggis following Lurch's Bake Off where I heard them. Dont forget those LAT International cables Jamie.. Jack NSM
  11. In the specifications for every amp there is listed a sensitivity figure which loosely speaking determines their output in relation to the input. Audio Innovations valve amps are very sensitive as are Leak Stereo 20s. However, it may not be enough to match the amps paper specs because it could be that the 2 parts of the Ushers crossover have different sensitivities eg., the tweeter crossover may be slugged (attenuated) to match the bottom one. It will be suck it and see. Between us we should be able to determine a good match by listening (dont tell Serge though...) Jack Ive got a Korato V4 EL84 single ended pentode amp with a volume knob. Ill bring it along.
  12. John - from what I have read about the Mini Dancer range the crossover is set at 2.3K Hz. It is an 11 element design (4 resistors , 3inductors, and 4 caps) and it is actually physically split into 2 substantial separate boards bonded to the speaker inside walls on opposite sides. I presume its 11 elements per side. The construction of the crossovers greatly impressed the reviewer and another good feature of the range is the cabinet design (and weight and shape (not a box)). I wouldnt expect a mix of SS amps rated at 100 watts, say, and push pull to go well. I would expect 2 sets of Alectos to be about as good as 2 sets of Tag Mclarens(sp?) and each better than any mix of the two. I think at your next bake-off, having done some homework on the sensitivity of the amps you would be assembling (brought along by us lot) I would be trying some low powered valve amps on the upper crossover (ie 2.3Kz upwards), or indeed a class A transistor design (of which there arent many!, Sugden, Tellurium) and leaving the Tags on the bottom throughout. If you can match the sensitivities they should sound as loud as each other. Or, better still... All thats holding back biamping this way is the absence of a volume control on one of the levels to match the outputs of the two amps. Now if you drafted in a valve amp with a volume control you COULD match the levels. Obviously the valve amp would go on the tweeter. That would be an interesting listen and knock spots off what you and Chris heard. Jack
  13. SALE

    Im no valve expert Jerry, but I know that there are many varieties of any brand's signal valves - black plate, grey plate, long plate, dinner plate, - in order to try and look for another to make a pair do you have more info on this one? Jack
  14. The Kinshaw Perception 2 Box fits the bill. Its SS but has very good bass for the money and isnt a million miles behind the Art Audio Vinyl (I have witnesses) and betters the Moon Audio £1000 plus offering (more witnesses). If you need MC compatibility it is usually a good idea to get a MM phono and connect with a decent SUT (step up transformer). Expect to pay £250 for the phono and £120 for SUT. I fancy the Minimax but never tried it. Hope of some help, Jack.