Lord Nitrogen

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  1. Arrived to find John standing between his own speakers. Beamed at him not just because it was good to see him again but because the sound I could hear was simple amazing, certainly the most beautiful integration of heavy bass into the rest of the sound. Just filled the room with gorgeous sound. That is one hell of a system. Ian put on some Augustus Pablo reissue vinyl later – tracks I know and love – and it sounded so much better than I have ever heard it, a superb soundstage with the bass drivers being given a thorough workout. So I’m down £28 already. Now for the kindergarten. Jammed full of people and kit. People clambering over, around and under kit (this season, arse cleavage is mostly being hidden behind proper underpants, although there were one or two traditionalists on view). My Sonus Faber Amator IIs sounded great after a bit of a warm up, they had the soundstage and the rather unexpected bass that I get at home. Then Joolz swapped in the Charios – a name that I had not even heard before – which proceeded to trounce them in every respect other than looks (imho). What a sound – so beefy and fun. External crossovers were hilarious, they reminded me of those white life-support suitcases that Apollo astronauts used to have to plug into and then carry as they walked along the gantry to the capsule. So much good kit. Some attempts at scientific comparison using the same tracks but generally both rooms were a blur of people putting on music primarily to enjoy rather than to audition. I don’t have good sonic memory and could barely make comparisons with kit I had heard a few hours back, unlike certain others who said things like “this DAC sounds similar to the xxxxx in Room 18 at the last Scalford, no I tell a lie it was the year before and probably Room 17. . . “. A few standouts for me: Carl’s Plinius amp just grabbed hold of the music and presented it to you the way I feel it was supposed to be. This was on the wish list until I swerved suddenly and kept on the valve path, I can’t help feeling that this might have been ‘the one that got away’. Barrington’s Big Bottle phono – I didn’t get much of a listen when it was swapped into the house system but it seemed to make a huge impact in the kindergarten. Difficult for me to find the words, the music just felt easier and more natural. Would love to try that out in my own system. Robin’s Technics deck was stunning, just dealt effortlessly with everything thrown at it. Went like a racing yacht, perfectly composed regardless of the genre of music. Random thoughts: · Met some old friends, many of whom had helped me in my own hifi journey (even though I never seem to take their advice) · Met some new folk, talked bollocks about chemistry and philosophy with a very interesting chap · Heard some great African jazz (Dollar Brand) then realised that I have that album, but haven’t played it for 20 odd years · Ate some competition-standard chips (and went back for more), even though I was concerned about expectation bias. · As I left I followed two guys loading up their kit to take to Non-Smoking Man’s after-party. Wam stamina! I could barely drive back home, let alone listen to more music. John, thanks again for the invite. It was obvious to me that you have a great many true friends - in that currency you are a very rich man indeed.
  2. Neneh Cherry, growing old so gracefully https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jan/26/neneh-cherry-interview-grandma-breakdown-milli-vanilli Saw her very close up at Love Supreme festival a few years back, I confess to experiencing certain rustling motions in the nether regions. Just a superb musician (he added quickly).
  3. Southeast, my understanding is that these speakers need 30W not 35W - maybe these specs are for the earlier version?
  4. £800, £700, audition/pickup in Brighton welcome. Will meet halfway in SE/London. No packing so reluctant to send even by courier. Wilson Benesch Actor loudspeakers in cherry. The first grown up speakers I ever had were S/H WB Orators and when these big brothers became available I had to have them. On Wammer advice they were replaced with Audionote AN-E 3-4 years ago and they have sat essentially unused since then. Spikes, terminal connecting plates and photocopied manual included. 88dB sensitivity. 110 cm tall (with sloping top), 23 cm wide, 37 cm deep. Approx 48 kg. Huge WAF (sample size n=1). Some dings and imperfections, nothing noticeable from listening position. Black bases could do with touching up (see terminals photo). Some historic love from the 'Wam:
  5. 45W Mosfet/Valve Hybrid Power Amp with volume control and single set of inputs. Serial number 6147. Details of the Series 7 here. Bought perhaps 4 years ago to see it would work in a macmini/DAC-only system [SPOILER ALERT it didn't]. In storage since then, maybe 5 hours use. I had thought that I bought it off the Wam, cannot find any trace of such a sale, so that backstory seems to be irretrievably lost. £330 + PP. Located in Brighton, would meet halfway in SE/London. All in excellent shape but no packaging, not even sure if a manual ever existed.
  6. Thanks, just ordered this on eBay (Amazon prices obscene). Great obituary: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/sep/15/jazz
  7. Dear Harv - would you have space for me? Thinking about a major shuffle of the system next year, so keen to get some advice and hear something different.
  8. I need help distance-troubleshooting a faulty (turntable will not spin) TD-125 Mk II belonging to a relative in Italy. He is an rather elderly gentleman who is unlikely to be interested in a) any 'upgrades' such as an OL motor kit or b) buying a Rega or something similar and eBaying the Thorens as spares or repair. He just wants his beloved turntable, bought from new, to start working again. There are some shops in Naples that seem to do hi-fi repairs but I'm asking for help in excluding anything simple first. There is another relative who could pop round and have a look, but he doesn't know about turntables so I want to provide some sort of trouble-shooting guide. This much I do know: The deck had not been moved, nor had there been any power cuts or similar trauma. The light at the front comes on when the ON switch is pressed. There is no vibration or rumble detectable when the turntable is switched on. The belt is properly positioned. Setting the other speeds does not help. There is no resistance when the table is rotated manually. I've downloaded a manual, but here are my questions: 1. I see mention of capacitors failing in the motor circuitry - is this a likely problem? 2. If so, are there any inexpensive (say less then £50) replacements that could be installed by someone with a soldering iron? 3. Are there any fuses that might have blown? 4. Any other areas to investigate? He has sent me a photo - that rack certainly made me wince . . . I'd be very grateful if anyone can suggest a strategy for him. Many Thanks LN
  9. Yep, saw Lemmy in a pub in Wardour Street, playing a fruit machine with some passion. My idle/idol moment: At Gatwick airport, wife returned from duty-free shopping saying "Lee 'Scratch' Perry is standing around the corner". He was standing there looking a little lost, full CD-embellished hat etc. I introduced him to my two young daughters. I babbled a bit. What I should have done was say "let me take you to the bar and buy you the finest wines known to man".
  10. Look out for the parallel universe of quotes eg 'the difference was not subtle', 'even the wife noticed the difference'. Some of those forums scare me, especially when it comes to modding pressure systems. Like Original Poster I have started on this journey, but worry that already my expensive burr grinder isn't doing the business and I'm looking at an upgrade . . .
  11. Hi Rich, borrow my Vinyl Flat next time you are in Brighton? A bit binary in that it either sorts things out completely or has very little effect. But worth a try if is a gentle warp.
  12. Must be six or seven years now, my Okki Nokki cleaned about 2000 albums over a winter, then cleaned them once again when I became a convert to the wisdom of a steam cleaning step Now just doing the odd batch of 20 or so. Within months the platter stopped rotating, sent it back to the slightly huffy distributor (I think they had stopped selling them) and it came back fixed. Then it happened again and this time I had a rummage around (there is an excellent tear-down available on the web - sid'n'coke?) and realised that the screw that attaches the platter was working loose. Never had that problem again. Never had a problem with the pump - I ignore the recommendations to frequently drain the thing and just do it at the end of the session. I'd buy it and spend the difference elsewhere. If it does go wrong outside of guarantee I suspect a cry for help on a forum such as this would produce results.
  13. I meant 'cabinets' not 'carcases' . . .
  14. I looked into this a while back - general advice was that you risk changing the sound of the speakers given that AN-E work in a rather atypical way. One suggestion was to speak directly to AN-E (Peter Q in Hove) in case he knows of any AN-E carcasses lying around the place. Ended up going up the AN-E food chain a little and selling the old ones on.
  15. I think that I have those same something solid stands sitting unused in a corner here . . . I'm sure you have your welding kit out already, but maybe pm for pictures (they do look the business, but I'm satisfied with my 'vanilla' AN stands).
  16. I took advice from baked-off wammers and went to AN-E. Cannot believe how well these work with the Unisis, never had any idea how good the music could sound in my room. 'Different' bass to Wilson-Benesch Actors at first but have grown to love/prefer it.
  17. Contact the Wammer 'falcoron'. A good ear for hifi plus paintspraying expertise beyond belief. It's all about the preparation . . .