KOETSU: Can a retipped Rosewood really be worth £1000?”

The thread starts: Picked up a used koetsu rosewood signature last week for £600. It was advertised as in excellent condition and had been given a clean bill of health from a dealer. The cart arrived and the bodywork and cantilever are in excellent condition but the diamond is very worn, and it sounds poor. […]

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TECHNICS: SP10 Mk2 owner causing a headache

My search for audio nirvana is proving frustrating the constant pain in my frontal lobe coming from the continued banging of my head against a brick wall. First things first, my system comprises the following; Technics SP10 MkII Slatedeck plinth SME V Denon DL304 Trichord Dino for vinyl duties, Esoteric X03se CD spinner, Linn Klimax […]

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SUGDEN: Their Connoisseur turntable – is it really a lost classic?

  Just curious; seems the Sugden company rarely makes a mis-step, but I’ve never heard anything about the TT. Anyone like to share their experience. MORE   EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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Direct Drive TT…vintage era….sleepers….

Looking at something like the Pioneer pl-530 or similiar with above ave sound, build and performance but not as well known…any specific models? Technics? MORE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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FIDELITY RESEARCH TONEARMS: Overrated nostalgia or … timeless classics?

I’m trying to get a handle on what’s up with these arms. It seems there isn’t alot of info available outside of the most desireable FR-64 and -66 series, though the FR-14s seem to command a bit higher prices. From what I can find: The -24, -34, -54 and -64 were contemporaries, with the -34 […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: TecnoDec (RB250 Tonearm / Denon DL103 Cartridge) test review

“Its neutral balance is good for keeping the various elements consistent with one another and it makes a clear case for itself next to a more affordable deck like the Rega P3-24, thanks to a decent grasp of timing. Some will prefer a warmer sound, perhaps, but that’s a matter of cartridge choice and while […]

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DUAL 505 – opinions differ!

I got intrigued yesterday by all this talk about the superiority of vinyl over anything digital, so I went into the archeological expedition deep into the bowels of my basement. Lo and behold, I managed to unearth my ages old Dual 505 TT! It is even fitted with Audio Technica cartridge, so that got me […]

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STRATHEARN: THE ultimate addition to Lecson equipment!

Lothar Kissinger writes:  Strathearn produced two very beautiful turntables that are THE perfect match for Lecson components! They had a revolutionary direct drive, a bit flexible at first, as it turned in both directions, BUT it did so beautifully! They also produced very good speakers that are almost unknown (with electrostatic panels) and should be […]

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LENCO: The 88 – worth reviving, or better to junk it?

I have a Lenco 88 that’s been up in the shed for longer than I’d care to admit, and I now feel the urge to get it sorted at long last. I’ve started looking at plinths; what is the general consensus regarding slate vs. layered ply? I was going to go for an SME 3012/SPU, […]

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