New member and my first post. A tad long, but I've been gone a long time.
Hello to everyone here, and a little bit of background:
I just had my 46 year old ZERO 100 completely refurbished after a 40 year hibernation!
It's now better than new, according to the Excellent service tech at TurntableExperts.
Many hours of painstaking labor to get it "unstuck", from that infamous Garrard grease!!
So glad I listened to my instincts and knew my limitations.
It's a vintage set for sure and I had fond memories spinning LP's, I can still hear
Pete Townshend doing the windmill on "Live At Leeds", a fav of mine among many others
from that era. Cleaning methods and devices have also evolved from Discwasher 4! lol
I'm quite excited to be revisiting my records after 4 decades and granted soo much has
changed since I went digital back in the early eighties with CD's.
My most immediate concern is the interconnect cable. The original is N/A and by today's
technology standards seriously wanting. What I had and knew then, about audio,
well, I've come along way baby.
The cartridge is an Empire 3000 Mk III, stylus #s912E, (purple). Virtually like new.
Reading online about today's TT's has me thoroughly out of step with analog audio.
Prices, capacitance values, types of wires, insulation, connectors, eddy currents,
skin effect are mind blowing to me. I have much learning to do and since my TT is
more of a sentimental device and the decision to resurrect it, a whim to placate my
senses of why I kept it 40 years. Then seeing it on eBay in mint condition and selling
for $500. had me thinking a classic, vintage TT that would look good and sound decent
in my current setup. Worthwhile to refurbish it, still aware far better and new TT's were
to be had.
So the big question is, what would be the proper IC cable that would match up to my Zero?
Does spending many hundreds or thousands of $$$$ make my TT sound better than it is?
What would be a sensible price point or the best bang for the buck?
My musical tastes run A-Z, classically trained on violin, switched to guitar but only recently
revisited R & R. Most of my LP's are late 60's thru the 70's. New age, world music, smooth jazz,
oldies, A.C. have been my down time music choices when I'm not listening to talk radio and politics.
I got involved with Dolby Pro Logic surround sound in 1990 and the merging of audio and video
was a big deal for me so I jumped right in. Then life happened and for many years my toys/
Possessions were kept in a climate controlled storage unit till about 3 years ago.
Today, I've evolved more so and refined my home theater system experience, incorporating a Samsung Quantum Dot (9 series) 65" curved 4K HDR TV with "one connect" and 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos (Andrew Jones) Pioneer Elite speakers into my media room. My only holdovers from my first system are the Yamaha sub, a modest 100W with a remote from 1993 and a Pioneer CLD-2080 Laser Disc player that was serviced for a
new laser lens, cleaned and aligned to factory specs, then shortly later, packed away.
The brains and brawn tying all this and other pieces together is a Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 AVR.
It's able to do 7.1.4 surround.
So again, thank you for reading and letting me catch up and hope to contribute to this amazing forum!
I welcome any and all thoughts and ideas from VE aficionados, long live vinyl LP's!