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As far as a streaming solution goes, look no further than the Bluesound Node2, it will do everything you want and has an easy intuitive interface via it's App. 

As for an amp for ESLs then how about a Rogers A100. I have heard the 989s run on one of these and it is gorgeous, keeps the space, air & imaging but puts some meat on the bones giving weight to the sound. The Owner of the 989s (wizmax) also runs them via 18w Ming Da 845 single ended monos. 

Where abouts in the country are you?? If it's anywhere near the Southcoast I'm sure an audition could be arranged. 

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Welcome to the Wam. 😊 I love big Tannoys (old and new) so just wanted to confirm you meant the new legacy Arden, not the original Arden with HPD drivers?

interestingly your original system of Lancasters and Quad 303, was excellent and still is. The 33 pre is not in the same league, but if you fancied a trip down.memory lane a set of 15" monitor golds in Lancaster cabs, driven by a breathed on/refurbed 303 is still audiophile heaven I you like the Tannoy sound. A better (possibly buffer or TVC passive) preamp will make it fighting fit for the 21st century and you will have a system that will.only go.up in value !

A dedicated phono stage and a few tweaks and cart if needed and you wont be able to stop spinning the black stuff. Old Tannoys also work very well with digital sources, adding richness and scale absent in often drier digital material.

Just take your time and listen to plenty of speakers, then choose an amp to.match the speakers.

look forward to hearing of your journey 😊

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Forgot to say that I currently live 3 miles from Bromyard but will be moving to Worcester later this year. I suspect that there will be good dealers in Birmingham. I have thought long and hard about vintage equipment but for me, this would bring a host of potential problems that I want to avoid. On another point, wino2020 mentions record cleaning. I have never seriously cleaned my vinyl and for some time have been looking at options. Superglue on the album does not appeal to me! I have been following the development of the Degritter (https://degritter.com/) and wondered whether anyone has any views on this. Apologies if this is slightly off topic but is part of the emerging master plan!

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16 minutes ago, gheckomist said:

Forgot to say that I currently live 3 miles from Bromyard but will be moving to Worcester later this year. I suspect that there will be good dealers in Birmingham. I have thought long and hard about vintage equipment but for me, this would bring a host of potential problems that I want to avoid. On another point, wino2020 mentions record cleaning. I have never seriously cleaned my vinyl and for some time have been looking at options. Superglue on the album does not appeal to me! I have been following the development of the Degritter (https://degritter.com/) and wondered whether anyone has any views on this. Apologies if this is slightly off topic but is part of the emerging master plan!

I know Bromyard very well from the 90’s.. does it still shut down every afternoon? 🤔

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24 minutes ago, gheckomist said:

Forgot to say that I currently live 3 miles from Bromyard but will be moving to Worcester later this year. I suspect that there will be good dealers in Birmingham. I have thought long and hard about vintage equipment but for me, this would bring a host of potential problems that I want to avoid. On another point, wino2020 mentions record cleaning. I have never seriously cleaned my vinyl and for some time have been looking at options. Superglue on the album does not appeal to me! I have been following the development of the Degritter (https://degritter.com/) and wondered whether anyone has any views on this. Apologies if this is slightly off topic but is part of the emerging master plan!

Looks like it should make great toast.

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Hello Radiant Red. You are living in the past I am afraid. Bromyard now opens just one day a week on a random basis!

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5 minutes ago, gheckomist said:

Hello Radiant Red. You are living in the past I am afraid. Bromyard now opens just one day a week on a random basis!

Lol! I recall the factory that use to make plastic parts for Rover and rumour has it that each child was from a different father! 

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Sorry, back on topic.. 😂

Try to find a decent dealer who would bring equipment to you... nothing worse than going pillar to post. I know Midland Audio exchange goes out and about

http://www.midlandaudiox-change.co.uk/

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Also Peter from Cymbiosis nr Leicester would come out and fettle your LP12

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Super Wammer

And David, at The Little Audio Company based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, does home visits. 

https://www.thelittleaudiocompany.co.uk/

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Forgot to say that I currently live 3 miles from Bromyard but will be moving to Worcester later this year. I suspect that there will be good dealers in Birmingham. I have thought long and hard about vintage equipment but for me, this would bring a host of potential problems that I want to avoid. Thank you so much for advice so far. I have taken the plunge and ordered a new Radford 25 from Radford Revival. I did this because it is so well constructed, very good value and, most importantly, pairs with the Tannoy sound perfectly. I had a chance to hear this combination but using rebuilt 70's 12" HPD's. I was listening to Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy and I could hear her cat purring! I am still checking out the Tannoys and am going to audition some Ardens next week. The Linn Select or Akurate that I am keen on has an inbuilt pre-amp and dac and it seems like heresy to run a turntable into a digital path but I will wait and see if my ears detect anything. Two further questions arise 1. can anyone recommend a good valve based pre-amp that would pair with the Radfords without costing the earth. I am really into the sound rather than expensive bells and whistles. 2. it has been suggested that I cut my nostalgia for the LP12 and buy a new deck. This has to be a possibility but I have not looked at decks for 20 years and from a cursory look I am totally bewildered. I thought the Cambridge Alva looked intriguing and the Rega Planar 6 or 8. My maximum budget for a new deck would be £2k which would have to include tonearm and cartridge! Can anyone direct me a little please as I am still confused but at a much higher level than before I joined this forum. Very best wishes to everyone and I hope you are all getting this glorious sun.

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I would recommend taking your time. You have a lovely amp on the way, get familiar with this and build from there. It can be overwhelming the amount of options out there and you will get many good suggestions from this forum too.

I think you will find that your knowledge and understanding will increase significantly in the next few months, particularly if you keep listening to different systems, which means you are likely to make a much more informed decision.

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Also, the LP12 is a very good TT with a distinctive sound character. If you are adamant about buying new then a £2k budget incl arm and cart will get you a different type of presentation but not comprehensively better. I think the suggestion of getting the LP12 properly serviced and set up is a good one, so you know that it is performing at it’s best before deciding. You will recoup some of this cost anyway if you decide to sell on.

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Lots of people will tell you that an LP12 is coloured/inaccurate etc.  They might be correct.

However, over 100k people have bought them because they like how they play music.

Your ears will tell you, either way, if you can listen to one.

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Good morning. A little update and a couple of questions! I am enjoying my search and have bought an Audiolab 8000c to go with the Radford at least on a temporary basis. Will from Radford Revival suggested this and as it was a bargain, I just did it! I am still very keen to hear the Legacy Arden before going further but am really struggling to get my closest dealer to bite my hand off. This leads to my first question as I have had no involvement with dealers for over 20 years. If you are offering to spend at least £12k would you expect a dealer to get the equipment in for audition especially as the equipment is listed for sale. I am told that the speakers I want to hear are not in the demo room and no idea when they will be in! Have times changed and am I being unrealistic. The 2nd and related question concerns a pair of Ardens on Ebay (am I allowed to say this?) It is marked as new but "B" stock. I contacted the seller company to request photo's of the cabinets but was told the Ardens were sent by Tannoy in sealed boxes to be sold at discount and therefore no further information was available. The dealer seems to be well respected and sell some really high end stuff (i.e very expensive!). Given they are still approaching £5k is it unreasonable to expect further details or do people really buy what my mum called "a pig in a poke". Sorry if these are silly questions but I am so out of touch with the modern world. Hope everyone has a lovely day - sun is shining in Bromyard so weeding calls!

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