HELIUS DESIGNS: Servicing their tone arms; the policy defined

They say: Helius has produced over 15 different models of tonearm over the last 23 years and still regularly services all models, regardless of age and condition.   Where parts are missing we can usually make replacements A standard service involves stripping down the arm, cleaning, checking and re-polishing bearing needles and cups, reworking solder joints, […]

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Don’t miss this!

Phill Jupitus and Clare Grogan want your stories, dedications and memories about a stack of classic BBC Music performances, around the theme of friendship. Check out the selections on the Clips page and email us jukebox@bbc.co.uk to request a song and give us your reason why. Choose from the likes of Carole King, Paul Simon, […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: Their tone arm upgrade policy defined

They say: Upgrades can be divided into two arenas, electrical and mechanical.  The most popular upgrade is to the wiring and cables. The standard internal wire is copper, so the first upgrade we offer is to change this to single strand silver. The wire is 0.25mm in diameter with both channels being twisted into pairs. […]

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Don’t You Forget About Me The 12-Inch Single

From the mid-1970s the humble 7-inch vinyl single was joined by a much grander relative – the 12-inch single. It reached its peak in 1983 with Blue Monday by New Order, probably the biggest selling 12-inch single of all time. Music Journalist and co-founder of ZTT Records, Paul Morley visits the Factory Club in Manchester […]

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This is My Song invites ordinary people to work with the music industry’s most talented producers to create a track for a very personal reason

This is My Song invites ordinary people to work with the music industry’s most talented producers to create a track for a very personal reason. Every song tells a story, celebrating the power of music to uplift, to inspire and to transform.   The first episode sees 23-year-old Jordan and his grandad Ronnie, 72, step […]

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The Return Of Dave Lombardo

My favourite rock drummer is, without question, Dave Lombardo. He is quite the versatile musician; collaborations with the outstanding composer and jazz artist John Zorn, the experimental group Fantomas and the 1999 album, ‘Vivaldi: The Meeting’ by Lorenzo Arruga, Dave Lombardo & Friends (Luca Avanzi (oboe), Mauro Scappini (flute) and Ottavio Dantone (harpsichord)) clearly showcase […]

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Female audiophiles; an oxymoron perhaps?

Michael Vronsky writes: Joke, truism or what? It’s a standard joke and also to some extent a truism that female classical composers are extremely rare and in quizzes, at best some people can only ‘point’ to two, possibly three. For myself, I can’t even point to one! This doesn’t mean that women in general are […]

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CLUSTERSON: Surfacing To Breathe

  We are told: Psych-Gaze Outfit Clustersun Announces Sophomore Album, Previews First Single ‘Raw Nerve’ FOR LOVERS OF: Nothing, Whirr, Bauhaus, The Cure, Pink Floyd, The Chameleons, A Place to Bury Strangers LEAD TRACKS: Raw Nerve, Lonely Moon, Don’t Let The Weight of Your Soul Drag You Down, Emotional Painkiller FOR SHARING Surfacing to Breathe […]

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Elvis – I’m Leavin’: Elvis Folk- Country (RSD2016 Limited Vinyl LP)

    The very best of Elvis Folk-Country 1966-1973. This special release includes masters from Elvis’ sessions at RCA Victor’s Studio B in Nashville in May 1971, a period in which several folk writers’ material surfaced spontaneously amid gospel and holiday recordings, plus others with similar provenance: from Dylan¹s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” in […]

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THE FOREIGN RESORT: She is Lost

We are told: The Foreign Resort releases ‘She Is Lost’ video, Announces Video Crowdsourcings & Tour with Dead Leaf Echo FOR FANS OF: The Cure, Foals (Antidotes phase), Joy Division, Tones on Tail, The Damned, Killing Joke, New Order FOR SHARING Bandcamp http://theforeignresort.bandcamp.com/album/she-is-lost-single Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/theforeignresort/she-is-lost Video crowdsourcing for ‘She is Lost’ https://youtu.be/17fW9P2LOlk ‘Skyline/Decay’ single https://dkfmshoegaze.bandcamp.com/track/the-foreign-resort-skyline-decay ‘Skyline/Decay’ https://youtu.be/hdLhlwzi06Q ‘Suburban Depression’ https://youtu.be/poCGR9LLM3g ‘Dead End Roads’ https://youtu.be/p01g13IasAQ “The […]

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