Direct drive vs belt vs rim vs idler arm?

Is one TT type inherently better than another? I see the rim drive VPI praised in the forum as well as the old idler arm. I’ve only experienced a direct drive Denon and a belt driven VPI” Classic. Dip in and out HERE   EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not […]

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Ask Mr. H: FUNK / PINK TRIANGLE & BREUER – a few observations

  Howard – one of…no, the best turntable I ever heard was a special fully funked LP12. Sure it sat on a mountain of Mana, and was part of an awesome system…but it really out-shone the original modified (Ninja) LP12. So..if the Funk Firm could transform a Sondek like that, surely their own decks would […]

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LINN: The LP12 and eBay?

Hi Howard. I know you won’t represent Linn, even though you did. However … I am thinking of buying a used Linn LP12. There are loads on eBay and quite a few of hififorsale.com, but none of the Linn dealers I contacted have any for sale. What’s going on? Linn dealers in the main are […]

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SAEC: Are their tonearms worth considering?

Hi Guys. SAEC arms seem to attrack big money pre-owned. What’s the story? Thanks. Brad Well Brad, here’s all we know so far. These were high quality Japanese tonearms with engineering up to SME standards. The WE-308L & WE308N are fairly common and usually not that expensive used but note that the SX version of […]

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DECCA: XMS specifications

Hello Mr. McCauley. What can you tell me about the Decca XMS please? Well now – a blast from the past eh? Okay, here goes: Plug-in type head was available separately for either Standard or LP Records. Brown head was standard. Red was for microgroove. The seal plate colour identified the impedance as follows: Gold […]

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Garrard 401 not working!

Hi I had my 401 overhauled by Classic turntables Company a couple of months ago and after FINALLY getting all the other pieces together, setting the first vinyl and pressing “on’…no movement no sound, nothing, just the strobe light. I’m wondering if I’ve overlooked anything that needs ‘released’ after transport. I removed the clamp, and […]

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TRANSCRIPTOR: Skeleton – misplaced nostalgia, sensible purchase or what?

I have just been offered a Transcriptor Skeleton. But to me it seems as a somewhat strange construction? Why the glassbox ? Won’t it resonate like a bell? 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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Vintage DD turntables. Are we living dangerously?

I have just acquired a 32 year old JVC/Victor TT-101 DD turntable after having its lesser brother, the TT-81 for the last year. TT-101 This is one of the great DD designs made at a time when the giant Japanese electronics companies like Technics, Denon, JVC/Victor and Pioneer could pour millions of dollars into ‘flagship’ […]

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Transciptor Skeleton – misplaced nostalgia, sensible purchase or what?

I have just been offered a Transcriptor Skeleton. But to me it seems as a somewhat strange construction? Why the glassbox ? Won’t it resonate like a bell? 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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