I would classify myself as a lapsed Hi Fi enthusiast, I had a Saturday job and then spent a summer working at Laskey's (yes I'm that old) and built up a reasonable system over the years however over the last 25 years or so I've hardly listened to 'music'. The system I ended up with was PT-1, Linn Ittok LVII, Ortofon MC20, Audiolab 8000a (original model with DIN sockets) and Heybrook HB2 speakers. I'm intending to recommission every thing except the speakers which are no more.
I bought the PT1 (s/n PT 4553) in 1984 for £449 (plus £205 for the Ittok and £125 for the cartridge), paid extra for a rosewood plinth but had a clear lid. I had the bearing replaced sometime ago by Pink Triangle, in south London.
My plan is;
- Establish a baseline using the turnable as is, with a Musical-Fidelity X-LP phonoe pre-amp
- External low-noise regulated PSU (eBay)
- Get the turntable overhauled at True-Point (I did speak to them a few years ago but never followed through on it).
- External AC PSU for the X-LP.
Although not strictly relevant to this sub-board I also want to include digital, initially using an old Rotel RCD-820BX as a transport with a Musical-Fidelity X-Dac. I'd love to get an Audiolab CD/CDT or a Musical -Fidelity X-Ray. I'll probably build a DAC so I can connect (USB) to a PC for streaming.
I also need to sort out speakers, I have seen that Wilmslow Audio do a HB2 inspired kit.
I'm not adverse to a bit of DIY improvements, but not sure where to post a thread on the system as a whole.