mountain biker

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About mountain biker

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    Trail of the month. Kentmere
  • Birthday 20/03/1954

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    Torrisholme, Lancs
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  • Turn Table
    LP12 SE Khan
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Ekos SE Kandid
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Icon PS3, linto
  • Digital Source 1
    Linn Karik
  • Integrated Amp
    Roksan K3.Hafler200
  • Pre-Amp
    PS3, Kairn, OBH22
  • Power Amp/s
    Icon 845, Ion MA400
  • My Speakers
    Proac R2.5 Mis770
  • Headphones
    When nagged
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. In a nutshell then Steve. I had my Linn Kandid re-tipped and within 6 months the glued on tip dropped off as it only lasted around 1200 hours from new to being re-tipped I didn't wish to buy another Kandid, I tried a Hana ML and after a very long run in I think it is one hell of a cartridge.
  2. During my recent visit to the Northwest Audio Show I noticed anyone who had an arm round Hana sounded very contented, I thought one for the future maybe. Some very seasoned reviewers were saying "the best 3-4k for 1k", another said " best I have heard" Come of it lads. If only I knew...…………. Only ten days later when asked to play Metallica Black Album Linn made a load of noise and chucked away the diamond I had bought her last Christmas I had been well and truly binned. No music depression sinks in, a trip to Turntable World was arranged as I was not sure Hana would fit in my small hand and line up correctly with me. The excellent Simon undertook the match making and all went well perfect chemistry between SE and ML. I must say Hana looks the type of lady you can take home to meet mum in her long black dress with gold accessories keeping her working parts well out of sight whilst Linn just wants to dance naked on the table wearing only what appears to be a nappy is that why they called her Kandid? On returning home and setting up the balance etc I was disappointed by a very thin lady with no bottom to feel, she was a bright and sharp girl however in a nice way. The usual advice is feed her up about 150 plates of chunky tuna, give her nothing at all to drink especially alcohol as this can effect her damper and coils and she won't wiggle the way she should, just tickle her with a soft brush and use the vibrating pad on her occasionally. Well she really put me through it for the next month I thought she didn't want to be with me, some evenings shouting at me, some where she was so reticent. On about 35 hours she was far to warm for me I thought of selling her but I persisted. It paid off now well over 50 hours of dancing round in circles she is divine she is telling me things I have never heard before, cymbals are wet sounding, just like live. I have never experienced piano playing like she plays it. Her tone colours are very wide ranging and she keeps everything well separated, a very tidy lady who is always open and honest. Don't upset her though as she has a lot of punch. Her bottom has filled out and she can shake the floor. I realised this could become a long term relationship so I had a CRB check on her and sure enough she has a very clean background and comes from a respected family. Some examples Led Zep Four, Battle of Evermore can get hard and difficult to tell if Plant or Sandy Denny are singing, well this is the best rendition I have heard of this, it doesn't harden up and the voices are easily distinguished. Grace Jones singing La Vie En Rose really swings a superb rhythm I have a very worn grainy copy of CSNY Deja vu which is well worn but comes up better than it has since I bought it in the early 70's Whilst she won't make a poor recording good she will make it listenable. I have to finish with an apology to Alan Sircom and Noel Keywood, I should have known better as they introduced me to the ProAc Response 2.5 and Icon Audio MB 845's respectively. I still use both today but most of the above was heard through Roksan K3 power amp and Ion Systems MA 400's as the lady who has always been there when these affairs end did not want the "heaters on" during the hot weather. It wouldn't have bothered me as I'm in the other room with the speakers.
  3. Yes a great afternoon of music superb hi-fi and banter. I heard two fantastic and very different systems today. The pies were excellent, thanks to Nigel and Mike for the fabulous systems. It was nice to see Paul and Mike again and meet Nigel for the first time, hope to see you all again soon. Love music. John. Pictures of the systems would be better than our mug shots.
  4. You must have got the full kit with alignment protractor, strobe etc. I just wanted the oil best contact the man direct as I did with your requirements
  5. I got just the oil and nothing else except the suckers an buds. I contacted J7 direct via his web site and sent the money via paypal it came first class next day.
  6. I was going to put this in the LP12 thread but it seems it applies to many turntables. What I am referring to is Audio Origami turntable bearing oil it costs £5 + £2 P&P. I contacted J7 at AO who assured me it is safe to use in a Linn and many others. When it arrived with 2 suckers and long cotton buds to clean out the housing, I installed it, I keep check of my oil level and know it was not low. I didn't expect much if anything in improvement especially in an LP12 at top spec. how wrong can you be, the first thing I notice was a smoother sound and increased high treble detail, the midrange is also better hence the extra smoothness I guess. Surface noise is even less and clips and pops (scratches) lower in level, the image also seems wider and on some records outside the speakers, something that has always alluded me in my system. The bass doesn't seem any different but I maybe (hope) I'm wrong, will try some of my bass strong records soon eg INXS Kick. I know this seems a bit much but its all true, changes and improvements are easy to hear on my system. Also the switch light does not go dim/ bright as much I assume because the bearing is slicker and is finding and holding speed easier. It's worth a try and for £5 if you are not convinced you can always go back to your TT makers oil.
  7. Steely Dan Aja, followed by a bike ride as it 'aint going to rain today. The joys of retirement
  8. Mine just sits on the clip without being pushed home and is way clear of the platter so no fear of stylus damage when changing records, the lift lower is level with it so I don't see your problem. maybe your arm is not in the correct position in the keel clamp it should be facing forward if you see what I mean, or the lift lower can easily be adjusted up or down. Hope that maybe helps
  9. Please don't use the one you have linked to, yes its the same tweeter but the sound is different to the ones made for Proac they are modified. I did that and soon changed to the ones supplied by Proac. The ones you have linked to killed the sound in my Response 2.5. Pay the premium you wont regret it. The mid bass in the 2.5's are also modified. Talk to Proac they will explain the mods to you.
  10. A couple of things bought second hand and am enjoying:- Mission 770 original model, you will not get that quality sound for £130 new. Hafler DH 200 power amp, I wanted to try a mosfet and am very impressed for less than £1/ watt (£120). Both items were delivered for these prices. Also some Mission 737R for £60, I wanted these for the mid/bass drivers but they are also quite good especially for the money. There must be loads of really good used bargains out there it is really worth the effort looking. Great thread we may all learn from it.
  11. Excellent, I've got two systems here running side by side makes for an interesting comparison. Anyone else interested let me know. Don't think I'm being ignorant if I don't reply quickly as I am busy with other things but I will generally get back eventually. Cheers.
  12. Hi Nigel. No worries, I haven't been around here for a while, anyway, if you want me at any time to bring some kit up let me know what, its all mainly old gear, a recent purchase of a Hafler DH 200 has surprised me at £1/ watt delivered it seems like a real bargain. If you ever want to call in here let me know the kettles always on and the discs a spinning. All the best. John.
  13. Sounds like a good day wish I had known about it as I'm only down the road and could have added some interesting vintage speakers to the mix and amps if required.