Alphason’s titanium tubed arms – HR100S or a Xenon

The thread starts:  I’d always fancied one of Alphason’s titanium tubed arms like the HR100S or a Xenon. The HR100S tends to be quite expensive (too much for a punt anyway) and I can’t say I’ve ever really heard one at its best as they mostly tend to have been wired with the horrible vdH […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Ask Mr. H: Pink Triangle & Breuer 8 Dynamic (Part #1 of 2)

Howard, Many thanks for replying to my email. Would you perchance be the renowned Howard Popeck? Well, yes. It’s me – but far from renowned though. I have a PT Anniversary/SME V/Ortofon Rohmann which I’m shortly upgrading with the aid of the Funk Firm. I may change tonearms and cartridge – I’ve read somewhere once(the […]

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Ask Mr. H: MICHELL ENGINEERING: Synchro versus Mycro turntables

I was reading your observations on The Michell Synchro. Did you ever hear the Mycro? How was it by comparison? At one time Subjective Audio stocked the entire range of Michell Engineering turntables including the Prisma and the twin-platter Prisma. Sonically we heard little difference between the Mycro and the Synchro. This was pretty much […]

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Ask Mr. H: Pink Triangle & Breuer 8 Dynamic (Part #2)

Howard, did you sell the Breuer 8? Yes. After 19 years of use I got £1,750 for it. I bought a Brinkmann 10.5. Never looked back! Which cartridges did you find worked well with the Breuer? Loved the Van Den Hul MC-1. Denon DL-103 was great. Koetsu Black, Supex 901 too. Is it, in your […]

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