pcxt21 wrote:Recently got a hold of a Dual 1218. When through and re lubricated it, per the service manual in the Library. Then I replaced the steuerpimpel and made a few adjustments. However I've been noticing that near then end of records especially Close to the Edge the audio specifically the vocals and high frequencies become....distorted almost tinny. For reference I'm currently running my 1218 with a Shure M97xE and have it aligned per the protractor that came in the box. I'm just wondering if anything on the Dual may be causing this? Any help would be appreciated I'm somewhat new to turntables and this is my first Dual.
Every US Atlantic pressing of "Close to the Edge" that I've had (3 copies) sounds fairly tinny & harsh in the last few minutes of (especially) side 1. Alignment helps, but can't entirely eliminate it. I think some of it must be on the master tape, as even the CD seems to have some of it. It sounds to me as if engineer Eddy Offord may have deliberately underbiased the tapes to increase treble response.
Just my 2 cents. Try Alec's suggestion, if it sounds good on other albums, you're good.