What equipment have you bought this week?

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Big B5515
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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by Big B5515 » 18 Oct 2019 22:26

A NOS AT-450 cartridge and a elliptical replacement stylus. When I first opened the case for the AT-450, I about had heart failure, as 2 cartridges were inside case, loose with the hardware and their stylus protectors off #-o . By some miracle, the AT-450 appeared and sounded undamaged, showed no signs of use, and as a bonus, after careful straightening of it's bent cantilever, The extra mystery AT-250 it came with sounded almost as good.
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Call me a cheapskate, but here's that bent 250 stylus beside the blue 450 after being coaxed back into shape. Being it looked unused, tracked well, and produced balanced, clean sound on a test play, I think it will still do in a pinch.
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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by cockey » 18 Oct 2019 22:39

This week I purchased a mint Garrard SP25 Mk V turntable with a Shure M75ED cartridge along with a Dynatron SRX300 carrying a Goldring Lenco G101 and a vintage 'Argosy Super 5' Record Player!
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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by DasherF » 18 Oct 2019 22:51

So, B, what you're saying is you bought 1, got 2 (bent stylus or not)?
What...a... deal!
coc, I have a few Garrards, appreciate each one! So cool. Have fun!

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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by rewfew » 06 Nov 2019 21:40

Couple of sub drivers from Parts Express. On sale for $111 bucks. Finally going to add some multi subs, 3 total when done. These are very nicely made speakers with aluminum cones. Got all the parts less mdf for the boxes for 240 dollars.

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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by Lazarus Short » 25 Nov 2019 14:11

This week, I ALMOST bought a Dual 1229Q at an estate sale. I already have a Dual I've been working on (but mostly off), so I decided to pass when I saw that the pitch control lever was broken off. I went back on 75% off day, but just could not take it home.

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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by vinyl master » 27 Nov 2019 01:04

Lazarus Short wrote:
25 Nov 2019 14:11
This week, I ALMOST bought a Dual 1229Q at an estate sale. I already have a Dual I've been working on (but mostly off), so I decided to pass when I saw that the pitch control lever was broken off. I went back on 75% off day, but just could not take it home.
If the price was right, the parts alone would be worth it...Of course, one could get another Dual and turn two Duals into one...

Organdonorparts.com would probably have a pitch lever, as they have plenty of other parts for 1229's...

https://organdonorparts.com/Dual-1229-T ... s_c212.htm

Something to consider, in any case...maybe for the next time... :wink:

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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by spensar » 27 Nov 2019 04:04

Lazarus Short wrote:
25 Nov 2019 14:11
This week, I ALMOST bought a Dual 1229Q at an estate sale. I already have a Dual I've been working on (but mostly off), so I decided to pass when I saw that the pitch control lever was broken off. I went back on 75% off day, but just could not take it home.
75% off - that would be hard to walk away from unless the original price was pretty whacked.

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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by SpyderTracks » 25 Dec 2019 22:49

From my family, for mobile listening, was very grateful to receive these bad boys:

Sony WH-1000 XM3
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They're pretty impressive, especially when paired with Tidal, they do some very clever digital spatial surround that really does sound special. Full Alexa or Google Assistant integration. Nice all around sound and 30 hours battery. Very pleased, will help for the commutes to London!

Thank you Santa and family!

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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by spensar » 28 Dec 2019 16:44

For my spouse and travel. The JBL Tuner FM - a bluetooth speaker combined with an old school FM tuner that does need an internet connection. The sound is way better than any small transistor radio as we knew them. It's laid out nicely and has 5 presets you just hold down for a few seconds to set. Perfect little device for easy background listening and outside locations without messing with an AP and another speaker. You can also pair it to use a bluetooth speaker with other inputs. New digital school meets old school.

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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by DasherF » 28 Dec 2019 21:15

It's amazing what they can put in the transistor size cases nowadays, i'n'it?
We're always getting in these Bluetooth speakers...fun stuff...

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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by DT999 » 29 Dec 2019 03:33

I got my wife a Yamaha KX-390 Cassette Deck for Christmas as she was noting a while ago she had a load of cassettes and nothing to play them on. I managed to clean the heads etc. and get it working through my secondary system so she could play some tunes on Christmas Day. I ordered new belts through Thacker in Germany which arrived just after Christmas so just have to replace those now just to be safe.

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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by spensar » 29 Dec 2019 17:19

DasherF wrote:
28 Dec 2019 21:15
It's amazing what they can put in the transistor size cases nowadays, i'n'it?
We're always getting in these Bluetooth speakers...fun stuff...
The modern rechargeable lithium battery tech makes it great to.

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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by jdjohn » 02 Jan 2020 21:28

Not really 'this week', but over the last several weeks:

Acoustic Research AR XA turntable
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Don Sachs Model 2 tube pre-amp
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Cary Audio SI-300.2d integrated amp (a beast :shock: )
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New Year's resolution is to not buy any more gear. As of today, January 2: so far, so good! :lol:

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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by SpyderTracks » 02 Jan 2020 21:31

jdjohn wrote:
02 Jan 2020 21:28
Not really 'this week', but over the last several weeks:

Acoustic Research AR XA turntable
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Don Sachs Model 2 tube pre-amp
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Cary Audio SI-300.2d integrated amp (a beast :shock: )
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New Year's resolution is to not buy any more gear. As of today, January 2: so far, so good! :lol:
Ooooo, what's the tube preamp like? I'm getting a bit obsessed with tube gear, looking to upgrade my setup to a tube integrated and proper speakers (using a very good digital speaker at the moment, but it's not cutting the mustard with how I want the sound).

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Re: What equipment have you bought this week?

Post by jdjohn » 02 Jan 2020 22:15

SpyderTracks wrote:
02 Jan 2020 21:31
Ooooo, what's the tube preamp like? I'm getting a bit obsessed with tube gear, looking to upgrade my setup to a tube integrated and proper speakers (using a very good digital speaker at the moment, but it's not cutting the mustard with how I want the sound).
It's very 'tubey' :lol: I'm not very experienced with tube gear, but I think this one is a winner. Don Sachs took the SP14 kit from tubes4hifi, and upgraded it. This one uses four 6SN7 tubes, although I've placed two CV181-Z in mine. This unit has separate gain control knobs for left/right, which can help tweak the sound if the volume steps are too far apart. Don is also very accessible via email if you have questions, and he does further upgrades at a very reasonable cost. Of course you being across the pond might be a hindrance for that sort of thing.

As most folks know, tubes inherently add noise into the chain, so I'm having to adjust expectations for that. It is minimal - I can only hear it when there's no signal, and my ears are within about a foot from the tweeter - but it's there. Honestly, I've heard the same noise with some solid state amps as well, so nothing new. The key is getting a good complement of tubes with low noise and matching gain. Easier said than done! I really don't want to do a lot of 'tube rolling' with this, as I have enough rabbit holes already!

Anyway, this unit has a nice mid-range bloom, which can be advantageous at lower listening levels, since the mid-range is where most of the audible information is found. And then when it gets cranked-up a bit, everything fills out nicely. I've had other amps where the opposite is true - lots of lows and highs at lower levels, so you HAVE to turn them up in order to hear the mids properly.

I definitely hear the 'holographic effect' through this, with good separation of instruments/voices, and the typical tube harmonics added. I run it through a class-D power amp, which some people would say is sacrilegious :shock:

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