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About ff1d1l

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  • Turn Table
    JVC QL-66Y, Techie
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Russel Technologies
  • Digital Source 1
    Sony CDP-557ESD
  • Digital Source 2
    Yamaha DVD2700,
  • DAC
    W4Sound,MusFid V90
  • Integrated Amp
    Luxman L5
  • Pre-Amp
    Khozmo zfoil passive
  • Power Amp/s
    Luxkit Z504, Z501
  • My Speakers
    Urei 811, 12"M Golds
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  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. +1 Edit....is there a sign up page anywhere? Have I missed it?
  2. ff1d1l

    Moving abroad - sell?

    Leave the vinyl, turntable and gear not taken, in storage or with a totally trustworthy babysitter. Take the Lentek and the Technics. Buy speakers appropriate to your accommodation out there and listen to digital. If you miss the Yams, or indeed vinyl after a year with your new speakers, whatever you land, then succumb and bring them out. Assuming the cash isn't needed, that is. Best of luck, Geoff, a wonderful thing to do. Sad to see you go.
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    Prog 1969-1973

    I still like: Gentle Giant up to Free Hand Tull up to Aqualung Yes up to Tales Focus up to Hamburger. Going to see them in New Brighton Floral Pavilion in November. Elp I liked a lot then - my teens - less so now. Bit of Genesis up to Selling England is very OK too.
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    How do YOU judge?

    I guess when assessing a system, or trying to evaluate a change in my own, I see how well it's succeeding at some of my prioritised areas of reproduction. First off, treble purity - any hint of sandiness, spit or grit on a known clean recording, and we're done. Not a lot of point in proceeding. If it can't do bells, cymbals and finger cymbals its not going to do so much else well. It it "open" from top to bottom, and does it reach respectably deep? Can you not only distinguish bass from kick drum, but the tone of the bass, electric or acoustic, and the air around it? Is there air and space around everything from there on up? The seductive JBL boof in the chest sometimes compromises this. How "present" is it? Does it sound "real"? Is it dynamic from top to bottom? Or just in certain areas? Are the dynamics "duck for cover" or merely "raised eyebrow"? Then on to the finer points, and possibly some re-assesment: Treble - hard or liquid? How does it handle recordings with known sibilance? How low is the bass really reaching? Is there boom at all? Just how well is it doing depth and space? In my experience, if a system manages the above with success listening to music on it is enjoyable and not compromised to a degree to give any concern by the system.
  5. A fine and rare Radiotone 855R mandolin, Schonbach 1920-1930 with double sound board, in original condition, excellent playing order with original hard shell case. This is a carved front and back mandolin not unlike the Gibson mandolins of the same period, and of a similar quality to an A3 or A4. It plays easily and has an excellent tone - full, cutting with archtop bite and good sustain but still round. I won’t rhapsodise, but it would be highly satisfactory for the more accomplished player. As good as a Gibson? Most definitely. Back – figured maple Sides – maple Neck is ebonised and finished black, so hard to tell, but probably maple. No truss rod but dead straight. Action as is is fine <2mm at 12th fret, but any lower would require cutting the bridge down – that is to say the adjustable bridge is at the lower limit of its adjustment. Fingerboard – high quality ebony and bound. Frets are level with no wear or buzzes. Headstock - ebony and inlaid in mother of pearl with “Radiotone” and a trademark sharp. For completeness I mention some very small shrinkage cracks in the ebony headstock facing too small to catch with the camera. Front and inner sound board – spruce. Internally, the inner soundboard is varnished and the oval hole is bound just like the outer soundboard. Bridge and machine heads are high quality and original.Condition – the mandolin is original in all its parts and unmolested, no body cracks or separations, some small unobtrusive scuffs and “patina” to the finish, but not unattractively so. As can be seen from the photos, there is no sinking to the arching. Neck is straight, no wear to the frets. A great playable antique with no issues. Rare in any condition - let alone great condition, original and highly playable. The case is in good condition, all hinges and lock release working – there is no key for the lock. There is light rusting to the metalwork. Looking for £750.
  6. ff1d1l

    Where we have been and where we are going

    A quality and thoughtful post I enjoyed reading. Back then my brain was very clean - it was washed by up to five magazines a month. Good to see you on here BTW Mr Dunn!
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    Petition for clean Brexit referendum

    Nearly at 150k https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/223729/
  8. ff1d1l

    Petition for clean Brexit referendum

    And the situation now looks like this
  9. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/223729/
  10. ff1d1l

    Advice for a mate

    JBL lsr 305s have the reputation of being stupidly good for the money - must admit I have yet to hear them though. And a Khozmo, which I have heard, also has that reputation and IMHO lives up to it.
  11. ff1d1l

    What forum changes do you want guys?

    Ok...As a semi frequent poster here, what would make me participate more? Old classifieds back, and the ability to comment on price, reputation and personal experience of whats being offered without sanction. Including trade offerings. Amalgamate half the forums, so the remaining ones seem more vibrant and diverse. An out and out vintage section would be attractive for me, possibly swallowing "Owners Club" A simple "music section" would be good. No need for folk or jazz or classical sections - aren't they music? I'd post more if there were more topics that interest me, and that's a difficult one - I'm interested, at the moment most in passive preamps and large speakers/gear of pro or studio heritage mostly , and homebuilds of similar, or using similar. I'll generally join in on a thread encompassing these, but they don't come up too often. Anyway, good luck with the changes - amidst the criticsm let's not forget the WAMs many achievements and successes.
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    Graphic Equaliser in my system

    I use a graphic (DBX 1/3 octave) to feed twin subs - way more control than available on the subs plate amps.
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    DAC recommendation

    And fed by a wyred 4 sound remedy even better.