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About Purplefowler

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  • Location
    leighton buzzard

Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
    Thorens td160 mk1
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    tp16 ortodoncia 2m b
  • Integrated Amp
    pioneer sa9500 mkii
  • My Speakers
    ruark talisman mk1
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade
  1. Michell Engineering Thread

    I ended up dropping Michell an email. What a lovely company, everything I'd heard about them is true! Anyway long and short of it, yep it was the fuse. It was showing areas of corrosion so a clean up of the fuse holder and a shiny new fuse and she's back in business! yep, I'm in leighton (for my sins!). I'm the dog walker with the cowboy hat who is normally lurking around black circle or catching up with John in espressohead
  2. Michell Engineering Thread

    Hiya, thought I'd pop my head in this rather sexy thread and also hopefully pick your collective brains! I picked this beauty up from eBay a month ago and it was love at first sight! It needed a clean and the motorboard was squiffy and there was a bit of a hum coming up which turned out to be vibration from said squiffy motor board. All sorted and cleaned and it's been brilliant. Even the unipivot arm wasn't as scary to set up as I was expecting! But it's developed an odd habit...it randomly stops spinning! I'll be listening to a record and then suddenly......burrrrrrrrrmmmmmppphhhhh!Sometimes it will start again on it's own and other times it needs kind words and encouragement. It isn't the belt (checked that first, I think it's either the motor or the switch but could maybe be the fuse? It is like it just loses power. Any ideas?
  3. Mono Vinyl , how do you listen ?

    I've just been flicking the mono switch on my amp but have been seriously thinking of picking up a spare headshell for a mono cart as I'm getting a nice little collection of original monos. But whenever I look for tp16 headshells, they seem to disappear from fleabay! It's like they know I'm looking for them
  4. Upgrading from ruark to......ruark!

    Bugger! I went with the quick option and just replaced the talismans with another set. That said, I'm amazed the difference having two perfectly formed tweeters has made, just so much more open and airy. I only have a small room, it's a Victorian two up two down so they fill the room pretty well. That's not to say I won't try the prologues next time I get upgrade fever
  5. Ruark Speakers

    Well I've been on a road trip today to pick up another pair of mk1 talismans. I'm blown away all over again, I didn't realise how tired my old black ones were. I think there must have been some changes in the short time they made the mk1s as these have gold speaker connectors and I'm sure the tweeter is slightly different. The bass is more even and the soundstage is wider. I'm in love all over again! I will keep an eye out for some mk2s at some time though
  6. Upgrading from ruark to......ruark!

    I'm veering towards option one, mainly because it means I could have new toys tomorrow (there's that little patience thing again!). But I'm also a bit intregued as the tweeters look different, no wire grill over them and hex screws holding them in, and the speaker wire connectors are gold with ruark embossed on instead of the plastic red and bleck ones that are on mine. So I'm wondering if they are 1's that have been upgraded or if they are a later crossover model? The auction ends at 9am so I guess I'll have to see if I get lucky this time (they were up yesterday but the buyer who out bid me was in Poland and didn't realise they were collection only so the seller relisted them on a 24 hour auction). Wish me luck!
  7. Thorens Thorens Thorens

    It looks better from that angle, the base is still just naked board
  8. pooper snoopers get free council tax

    Really good idea! Anything that helps stop the blight of dog poo can only make things better. I'm a professional dog walker so most of my day is spent dodging the turds of doom. It did make me chuckle the other day though. Someone went round one of the local parks and sprayed each and every abandoned poo bright pink! There were tons of pink blobs all over the place, certainly made it easier to spot but it was shocking how much was actually there!
  9. Newbie Intro's

    Nobody told me there was cake...awesome! I have found the fry up thread though so I know I'm in the right place
  10. Newbie Intro's

    ok now Ive got it! just need to work out where the kettle is and where to put my slippers and I think Im all set
  11. Thorens Thorens Thorens

    wow, there are some sexy thorens here I have a humble td160 mk1. i bought it from fleabay as a non runner untested so was delighted when it arrived fully working and just a bit tired. spit and polish and a new belt and it was off and running. its got a broken hinge but i can live with that. Ive since changed the base board for a thicker one (probably should varnish it some day!), dampened the usual places, modded the head shell to take my 2m bronze and made some new van damme interconnects. It still looks like a barn find but i love it. Its been a great learning experience as Ive refused to let my fella take over and Ive done the work myself.
  12. Newbie Intro's

    Nope it wasn't me being blond! Might have to dust off my laptop later and set it up
  13. Upgrading from ruark to......ruark!

    That was option 4! But you know what it's like, can't help feeling I could be doing better. But I don't think that feeling ever stops-damn upgrade fever!
  14. Newbie Intro's

    I might have forgotten to hit save...doh!
  15. Newbie Intro's

    Already filled out tbh it's the banter here that I like. Just because we are deadly serious in our hobby, birdbrain mean we have to be boring and not have a laugh. I'm an admin on another large (non audio) forum so I'm definitely used to large amounts of banter