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  1. lostwin

    Valve info

    Any thoughts or knowledge out there on 6SN7 valves and possible drop in alternatives? Used in pre stage of an integrated amp and currently fitted with Brimars. I understand that these valves have medium gain, are there higher gain options?
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    What's yer bits'n'bobs ?

    I am interested in this cart as well. Can’t find much variation in selling prices out there, where did you get yours from?
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    And now for something completely different.

    Starting from scratch, it would be extremely difficult to justify vinyl as a primary source. The cost of building up a reasonable record collection is so prohibitive. I might just have to swallow hard and go digital, but make sure I match it with components that add copious amounts of distorting colouration to compensate. 😀
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    WTD: iCubes LP Storage

    12 weeks and several reminders to get mine, looks like a theme. Having said that I am contemplating moving them on. Let me have a think and I’ll get back to you (the OP, of course).
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    Superb Marantz PM-4 Integrated Amp

    Where are you located, pick up would be safer on a vintage amp like this?
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    John Wood Amps

    Generally positive so far but a bit difficult to judge as I have upgraded phono stage at same time. Speakers are a relatively difficult load and the JW gives me a bit more control but not as much difference as I was expecting compared to my 25W Audio Innovations. Having said that it doesn’t lose out musically to the AI either and the AI is very strong in that regard. Mr Wood is proving hard to get hold of currently as I want to discuss with him thoughts on gain in the pre stage, tube options and possibility of benefits from adding the Border Patrol regulated supply to the amp as I could move it from the AI where it is currently residing. Guess I will keep trying to call / text.
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    John Wood Amps

    Mark, I am also the owner now of JW KT88 integrated. Would d be interested to know if you have tried any tube rolling. I have seen various suggestions on KT88’s - mine are Gold Lion. What type are the signal valves? have you tried different options on these?
  8. Thanks Graham. I am looking on behalf of a friend, will check with them if they are ready to buy.
  9. Would you be prepared to meet at the border, aka Watford Gap services? 😀
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    FS - Rega RB250 - old mounting

    Great user name and avatar, such a good band and this is my favourite track of theirs. Love the way that it they fade the band in at the start and it sounds like they are already 1/2 hour into a massive jam, 15 mins or so later the track fades out with them still going full pelt.
  11. Very kind of you. Not as close as I was hoping so i’ll Have to hope I am down that way sometime. Is the Denon TT mounted in a custom plinth?
  12. I do hope you live nearby, that is a system I want to hear. I can bring cake...
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    Cartridge advice

    I’ve been watching your avatar for the last 5 minutes. Before I invest any further time can you give me a hint, does either player ever score?
  14. So, I have had my VIDA phono stage hooked up for the last week with my existing Ortofon 2M Bronze MM cart. This then goes into a John Wood KT88 integrated. It sounds 'nice' but down on dynamics and just a bit flat overall. The issue I believe is the gain on the VIDA which is quoted at 38db for MM which seems well down on comparable phono stages (the Trilogy is quoted at 50db, for instance). This means an input voltage of about 0.45V into the amp. Might not be an issue if I was going into an active pre or had sensitive speakers, but neither is the case. I have contacted Guy at Puresound and John Wood to see if tweaks can be made to the VIDA and amp respectively, but I think that changing to an MC cart ultimately is going to be the answer. VIDA is quoted as having 64db gain on an MC, this seems in line with other MC stages. It has two impedance settings of 10ohm and 100ohm. There seem to be quite a few users of the VIDA on the forum, what MC would you recommend? I am thinking in the £500 to £1,000 price range, the higher the rrp the more likely I will seek a suitable used option. The Hana SL might have been a obvious choice in this price range but a preferred loading of 400ohm would seem to preclude this. What else should be on my list?
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    VIDA - Cartridge Issues & Recommendations

    Solid advice, thanks Uzzy. The cart does seem to be the key step (for now) to tune the overall sonic signature so I will take time and see if I can try some options out.
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    VIDA - Cartridge Issues & Recommendations

    Interesting thoughts, I appreciate your insight. What you are suggesting is that what I am getting is more a mis-match on the characteristics of my current cartridge (at least compared to what I would like to achieve) rather than it being down to a gain specific issue. As such, perhaps I need to be considering MC carts that are a touch more dynamic in nature. I do want to keep an eye on gain, my speakers are 86db sensitivity, so a .4mV output looks to be a good minimum to aim for. The Hana ML looks a possibility and the AT Art 9 also mentioned in the responses looks worth investigating. What type of arm do the Decca’s prefer?
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    VIDA - Cartridge Issues & Recommendations

    I’ll see if I can get a loaner ML to try it out. From my calcs the .4mV output from the ML will result in a .65V input into the JW after the gain from the VIDA, a useful increase on the MM cart. i retrieved my old CD player from the attic and plugged that into the system last night. I assume it has the standard 2V output. Definitely gives me more headroom and touch more dynamics, but not as much as the 5x increase in input Voltage would suggest so I assume that the JW pre is active. Any other MC cart suggestions?
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    Rogers LS55 speakers - any experience?

    Cables or copper wire, much better than original jumpers. Definitely on the spikes.
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    What's yer bits'n'bobs ?

    just seems appropriate somehow...
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    Impressions of the new Hana ML cart?

    I have an under slung counter weight as well and use digital scales. I would estimate that when the stylus sits on the scales it is about the distance of 2 x 180g lp’s from the platter surface. To get round this I rest the scales on a small block of wood just at the edge of the platter. The wood block is slightly lower than the platter so when the stylus sits on the scales it is at the exact height of the platter plus an lp. i get a difference of around .2g between the two methods - a significant amount - and illustrates how sensitive under slung weights are to measuring at the correct height.
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    Impressions of the new Hana ML cart?

    I recall comments suggesting that the SL works best with 400 ohm loading, does this also apply to the ML based on people’s experience so far?
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    Little Turntable Stand

    Neat solution for housing a phono stage. Not convinced that I would want to put a power amp that close to the turntable cartridge, wouldn’t there be a possibility of electrical or electromagnetic interference?
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    Stacked Quad ESL57s

    Looking at the room the ‘wife friendly’ issues may extend beyond the speakers 😀 GLWTS anyway, seems a good price and similar Quads were making great sounds at Kegworth this year.
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    Took the plunge again....Harbeth

    Holy crap, i’m Not letting you anywhere near my home renovation project!
  25. They look fabulous Rick, I know you said you were after a pair of these. Sound as good as they look?