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I discovered a neat little gadget that makes it super easy to manage cables on your rack, especially if you use a Salamander Synergy. The product is called Gear Tie and they are made by Nite Ize, it is a reusable rubberized twist tie available in a variety of sizes. However, the 18" ones have a ball on the end that happens to fit perfectly in the groove of your Salamander Synergy rack. They are easy to push in/out, but they stay put so you can easily make a loop to route cables through. They are super flexible, come in a lot of sizes, and you certainly could use them for cable management in a variety of situations, but too cool how the bigger size fits in the Synergy rack! JazzyG
The following is written with acknowledgement to Jimmy Hughes, who I am sure has written something not dissimilar many years ago in HFC. It is always worth checking your audio tweaks and foo every now and again. What works for one system configuration may not work so well once some other changes have been made. I found this out recently, having made a change in speakers earlier this year and more recently a change in amplification. As an experiment I played around with the cork mats on my Garrard timetable. I was rather surprised to discover that reverting to the original rubber mat and losing the damping rings brought some much needed zing back to the presentation at the expense of a little scale. The double layer cork mat has been in use for years through a change in arm and several carts, as well as various phono stages, amps and speakers. When I made the initial change to cork, I have no doubt it brought benefits that were tangible at the time. However, with the system in its current quite different setup, the original 50 year old mat is demonstrably better. When I recently tried a different amplifier, I auditioned it plugged it into the same power device which worked well with my last power amp. After a few days I tried plugging the amp directly into the mains, almost expecting to hear a drop in sound quality. So it came as a real surprise when I realised in moments that the opposite was true. The amp sounded more open and dynamic plugged directly into the mains, and extended listening has confirmed my initial impressions. The cumulative effect of both these tweak "rollbacks" is not trivial. It has allowed more of the systems potential to be revealed, sounding both more exciting and natural. So as we go into winter with its short days, and poor weather and you find yourself looking for something to keep you occupied, give a thought to your system tweaks and test if each one is still making a positive contribution.