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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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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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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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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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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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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SYRINX: PU3 @ Audiophile Club of Athens

Back in late 1981, Scot Strachan unveiled his Syrinx PU2 to an unsuspecting world. It was a promising design, but strongly flawed in several important areas, such as resonance characteristics, ease of use and build quality. Enter the PU3 in 1983, substantially evolved and with ultra low resonance and ease of set-up as its goals. […]

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Garrard 401 or Wilson Benesch Full Circle?

Question for TT experts any anybody who had experience with both. At the moment i listen to my vinyl collection with help of Thorens TD160b mkii, but as always there is a time, when you wake up one day and fell that you’ve been bitten by upgrade bug. That timehas come for me. So which […]

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DECCA: Calling all Decca cartridge enthusiasts

These are a unique moving iron design, which mimics most closely the mastering of the LP with a cutting head. Here is first a side view and then a frontal view of the generator assembly. It has “vertical right angled cantilever”, which is hinged at the back. Like most cartridges, it has two lateral coils, […]

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GARRARD: The 301 and 401; best place to buy them?

A reader writes: Hopefully some of you will be able to help me choose the best place to buy a refurbished 301 or 401 from. We’ve got our 35th wedding anniversary coming up in June this year and my wife wants to give me something significant to celebrate it. As you can imagine after 35 […]

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GARRARD: …. or Michell Engineering?

“Hi guy’s, I hope someone can help I am thinking about getting a garrard 301 with sme arm old type. I have at the moment a Michell gyro se spider, upgrades are orb platter hr power supply arm is rega rb300 rewired, with techno weight. I just wondered if anyone could rate both these decks […]

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