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  1. I'd like to sell my Garrard 301 here. It's serial number 67277, pretty much perfect condition apart from some marks under the speed controller which I've photographed. It's with an original mat in very good condition, with no tears and still flexible. It has many Martin Bastin mods including thrust bearing, 60Hz running, motor unit attached to the lower part of the plinth rather than the motor unit, and a supplementary foam mat. It sits in a gorgeous oak-veneered MaxPlank plinth complete with an unmarked perspex lid. It has Martin's 60Hz power supply too, obviously . There's a few bits to go with it including oil, some grease, original motor fittings, etc. I also have an original unmarked manual for the deck complete with an unused template. Oh, and a good and heavy record weight too. I'd also like to sell, along with it if I can, an early Rega RB300. This is Incognito-rewired, has the Martin Bastin counterweight and stub as well as the original stub and tungsten weight, and sits on Martin's Armony base which makes height adjustment a breeze. I have its original polystyrene-and-cardboard packaging too. I have a Decca Gold which I'd also like to sell, fully serviced by Len Gregory to a spec provided by Glenn Croft as being the very best ("1.5 Thou armature, the Parmeko coil and the Super Gold tip") and hardly used since then. I also have one of Martin's Deccapods, one of Len Gregory's cartridge isolators which works very well with it. Finally, I have an early Bugle battery-powered phono amp. Not pretty but works very well with the Decca. I'm not sure on pricing. I think the deck alone is worth around £1200 with all its Martin Bastin improvements in its plinth. The arm probably £100, the cartridge £400, the phono amp £75, and all the bits another £50. It would make a great Christmas present! So how about £1700 for everything, collected? I'm open to sensible offers too, and will split if necessary but since it all works so well together it would be a shame. NOW SOLD
  2. Cal123

    SPU with RB300?

    I'm currently running an Audio Note TT2 with Arm 3 and Ortofon Rondo Red through a Croft ECC88 based step-up (fitted with Siemens Halske E88cc) and Croft RIAA. The result is both refined and dynamic, but I'd be keen to get a bit more midrange magic and wouldn't mind giving up a bit of the polished presentation in the process. The latter is a typical sound signature of Ortofon, although it's much less prominent in the Rondo than in the MC30 supreme, which I've previously owned. I'm thinking I could either go all in and purchase an Ortofon SPU Royal N, or I could go for a cartridge with just a slightly more organic sound than the Rondo Red and exchange my active Croft step-up with a passive transformer. From what I understand, a SUT, when properly matched with the cartridge, offers better midrange than an active step-up. But getting the right cartridge and the right SUT may be quite an endeavour and I'd be restricted by the SUT, should I feel like trying another cartridge later on. As midrange magic is what I'm after, going directly for the SPU is tempting, and I presume I could think about purchasing a SUT later, if I feel like it. But is the RB300 based Arm 3 suited for the heavy SPU? The theoretical resonance frequency comes out at 11.4 Hz based on the following numbers: RB300 effective mass: 11.5g. SPU Royal N weight 13g. Combined: 24.5g. Cartridge compliance: 8 µm. From what I understand, this is pretty much ideal. But although the RB300 and the SPU are both very popular, I haven't found anyone actually combining the two. Any thoughts?