SME: ‘When it came back, the sound was transformed…I’m not exaggerating ….’

After all these years, I got a bit of a surprise with my system this week. I took my arm (series Five, 12inch version) back to SME in Steyning for some minor changes to the wiring. The arm is five years old, so I asked them to check and clean the bearings, as they had […]

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The Strathearn Story

Many will remember the British Leyland Motor Corporation, the nineteen seventies state owned purveyor of such automotive design masterpieces as the Morris Marina and Austin Allegro. A decade of industrial strife and dreadful quality ensured that BLMC’s dalliance with disaster was well publicised, but what many don’t know is that hi-fi had its very own […]

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THORENS: TD 135

A new thread about a recently acquired TD135 which I hope will be of interest. There seemed to me to be lots of good reasons to buy one of these turntables: they share many of the components of the better know TD124 and although lacking some of its refinements, have some extra features which make […]

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How do you determine when an LP is worn ?

As per title,played a Steve Hacket LP the other night,this would have been played to death back in the 70’s with many different cartridges including Decca’s.First track has a couple of Acoustic guitars playing,I could usually locate where they were in the mix,but it sounded all jumbled up with little separation.Another track had a guitar […]

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