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About BillShatnersToupee

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    Jon Vincent

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  • Turn Table
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    TP16 + Ortofon MC3
  • Digital Source 1
  • DAC
  • Integrated Amp
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    Senn HD650
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. BillShatnersToupee

    Laskys and Tandy

    I also remember buying cheap Realistic-branded open reel tape from Tandy's circa 1987-88 when they were the last place in town to sell it. It wasn't particularly great stuff and was prone to squealing on the heads of my Akai 4000DB recorder towards the end of a reel.
  2. BillShatnersToupee

    Laskys and Tandy

    Still got four pairs of gold plated RCA->RCA interconnects I bought from Tandy's. They were £6.99 each. I bought two for the cassette deck, one for the CD player and one for the turntable. I had to lop the plugs off one end of that one to solder it up inside the turntable, because a TD160 doesn't have RCA sockets. The one I bought for the CD player I eventually also butchered by turning it into a jack-to-phono lead. The other two remain intact and still work fine after 30 years.
  3. BillShatnersToupee

    Jokes, old or new

    Man comes home from work to find his wife packing her suitcase. He says “where you going?” She says “I’m leaving you to join a brothel: I’ve found out that clients will pay me £250 a time to have me do to them what I do to you for free”. Husband says “right I’m coming with you”. She said “what for, to make sure I’m safe and not mistreated?” He said “no, I’m just curious to see how you plan to survive on £1,000 a year”.
  4. BillShatnersToupee

    Jokes, old or new

    Sadly I lost my job making computer keyboards They said I didn't put enough Shifts in. I said can't I at least Enter one last time? They said what the F4? I said to settle my Tab with the canteen manager, Del. But they told me to go Home and not to Return. Ah well, I'll just look for Alt-ernative employment. Really I was happy to Escape, I had no Control over my Space. I won't be going there again unless I really F2.
  5. BillShatnersToupee

    Guilty Pleasure.....Music

    Syd Lawrence recorded some of the best-sounding authentic covers, but unfortunately CDs and even vinyl versions of the original recordings by the Glenn Miller orchestra are all 'rips' from 78s, because it wasn't recorded on to tape first in those days.
  6. BillShatnersToupee

    Guilty Pleasure.....Music

    Glenn Miller = seriously good. In fact all the Big Bands were. There were no rock instruments in the 30s/40s, but the big band leaders got the teens boppin' by almost repurposing the woodwind, brass and string instruments that had been designed really for playing classical music. Genius. My favourites include String of Pearls, In The Mood, Skyliner, among others. I thoroughly hate 'Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree' though, and would happily make it my life's mission to hunt down all remaining 78s of that awful song and smash them up with a sledge hammer.
  7. BillShatnersToupee

    Guilty Pleasure.....Music

    Yeah that's not a guilty pleasure. They were always hip.
  8. BillShatnersToupee

    Guilty Pleasure.....Music

    I have 'Night-flight To Venus' by Boney-M on CD. I wore the LP thin when I was a kid so I subsequently went on to buy the CD. The title-track, which is orchestrated around a cover of Cozy Powell's seminal 'Dance With The Devil' drum riff, is one of my staple test tracks when I buy new hifi.
  9. BillShatnersToupee

    Loudness Wars

    It really depends. 'Self-contained' bands and artists who produce or co-produce their own material certainly will, and will have a lot of input into the final sound of their material. But the kind of bands and artists who rock up in a studio just to record their songs or some other writer's songs and rarely venture into the control room...probably not. In the latter category think of the likes of X-Factor winners, and even historic famous singers like Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley, Gladys Knight...well-loved voices behind five hundred hits but I wouldn't trust any of them to know where to even shove an XLR plug.
  10. BillShatnersToupee

    Loudness Wars

    For decades it's been relatively normal for popular music to be mastered to suit the replay equipment of most of its consumers. Most 60s pop records were mastered to sound great on AM radios and mono Dansettes: the equipment teenagers owned at the time. Listen to some early Stones for example on Decca and compare the sonic signature of those songs and albums to the SQ of the classical music the same label was producing at the time. They're worlds apart, purposefully, because they were aimed at different generations of audiences listening on different kit. All we've really seen for 50 years is that trend continue and evolve in line with whatever replay device was the most popular at the time. Maybe early 70s to mid 80s was the sweet spot - the time when costumer-grade hifi took off, peaked, then declined - and it's been continuing downhill since then, to the point where it's now all about making your track jump out among the crowd on a pair of Apple AirPods
  11. BillShatnersToupee

    Jokes, old or new

    So I said to my boss 'what should I do with this 100 meter roll of bubble wrap?' 'Just pop it in the corner of the warehouse' he said. Well it took me nearly four frickin' hours...
  12. BillShatnersToupee

    JM died 10 years ago today.

    Glad it's not just me then
  13. BillShatnersToupee

    Cassette Deck Thread

    Ignorer all the Buy It Nows on eBay wanting stupid amounts. You can get them under £100 if you ignore all these and are prepared to wait. Because eBay chooses not to charge sellers for unsold items, eBay now is just an open season for dreamers wanting stupid Buy It Nows in the hope they'll find that one gullible / rich buyer.
  14. BillShatnersToupee

    Cassette Deck Thread

    The only side affect was that recordings made on some Nakamichi machines could sound a bit dull and lifeless on other brands of deck. Though I think by the time the Cassette Deck range was launched in 1990, they had smartened up their act with regards to the slightly non-standard EQ.