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Reply #50 - 01/08/21 at 12:23:48
 
Custom Bottlehead Kaiju 300B amp with DC filament upgrade and Shuguang Audio Treasure Series 300B's.



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Reply #51 - 01/08/21 at 14:24:30
 
Looks as if it sounds very interesting.
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Reply #52 - 01/22/21 at 02:35:51
 
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Reply #53 - 02/02/21 at 17:20:59
 
Cleaning up the main room (moved three sets of huge speakers and tons of gear into the office room 2nd system area) in anticipation of my one of a kind Jon Anderson Shindo 604 builds which are almost done. It is very exciting times around here for sure.









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Reply #54 - 02/03/21 at 18:43:22
 
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Reply #55 - 02/08/21 at 23:55:33
 
Greg Metz STS modified Thorens TD124 MKII in custom plinth, with an Alfred Bokrand Custom Ortofon Tonearm mounted on a black sourced armboard, with a beloved brand new NOS Ortofon SPU Royal A cartridge, topped off with Nordost Quattro-fil phono cable.



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Reply #56 - 02/09/21 at 13:51:42
 
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Reply #57 - 02/10/21 at 21:36:11
 
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Reply #58 - 02/10/21 at 21:41:38
 
Mr. Hidalgo, you are an audio prince!
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Reply #59 - 02/10/21 at 23:32:47
 
Beautiful Charles. Bet they sound magnificent.

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Reply #60 - 02/11/21 at 23:36:16
 
Charles, you have an amazing collection!
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Reply #61 - 02/12/21 at 00:27:22
 
Charlie, you constantly amaze me. Would love a tour if you weren’t on the other side of the country.
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Reply #62 - 02/12/21 at 19:09:29
 
Kind words everyone thanks.
Things have been running now 48 hours non stop and they are sounding better and better and I think by next week they will really be impressive though they sound amazing now. I moved them back closer to the front wall corners also. Damn impressive bass.



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Reply #63 - 02/16/21 at 02:05:48
 
Lenco PTP build... 65 pounds of analog goodness. She’s in the room now and will be fitted with a Fidelity Research arm this week. Three extra arm boards also for easy change out of tonearms.

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Reply #64 - 02/16/21 at 02:11:21
 
Wow! That is an absolute work of art!!!
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Reply #65 - 02/20/21 at 20:02:06
 
Fidelity Research FR-24 MKII tonearm is setup with an Audio Technica cartridge for starters. I'll be trying several different cartridges in the coming time.

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Reply #66 - 02/21/21 at 01:43:34
 
a lab technician's paradise. incredible!
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Reply #67 - 04/11/21 at 05:17:39
 
Tascam BR20T wireless control hack.

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Reply #68 - 04/11/21 at 13:48:48
 
my draw drops to the ground with drool. you are an obviously very dedicated audiophile. amazing. my hat is off to you.
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Reply #69 - 05/14/21 at 21:38:04
 
STS serviced with upgrades including a rewired and serviced Ortofon RMG-212 tonearm. A new idler wheel from AudioSilente, A WoodSong Audio thrust bearing kit with an 8mm thick bronze cap, a 6mm thick Torlon thrust pad, and a Grade 5 sapphire ball bearing. An MK2 conversion kit with the Hanze Hi-Fi Motor Spring Suspension kit is also installed. In this conversion, the 3 motor suspension mount studs of the MK1 motor, are replaced with longer motor suspension studs to give more motor suspension travel as well as allowing installation of the Hanze HiFi motor spring suspension system which reduces motor noise into the chassis by -16db over the standard double polymer bushing design which is still installed on most TD124’s. SPH copper mat copper record stabilizer, and Waynes outer ring round things out.
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Reply #70 - 06/09/21 at 22:39:00
 
I have wanted to do one of these correctly for a long time. Krebs Upgraded Technics SP10 MKII, DAS dual arm plinth, Fidelity Research FR24 MKII 9", Jelco TK-950L MKII 12", Sph copper mat and record stabilizer. Ortofon and Audio Technica carts.

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Reply #72 - 06/10/21 at 16:10:18
 
I've often wondered, why two arms?  Is it only so you can have two carts mounted?  I've been under the impression that a 12" arm is superior to a 9".  If so, why one of each?
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Reply #73 - 06/11/21 at 17:03:20
 
Personal preferences over 25 years of searching for arm/cart matches that suite my taste for different types of music. 12" is amazing but it can be easier for a 12" to sound amazingly bad if all things are not right. Some surprisingly very inexpensive carts sound amazing with my FR24 MKII arm on less than great rock recording from the 70's and 80's. There are just soooo many factors involved from the source media to what makes it to my ears and these arms, carts, and tables represent years of experimentation. It's still fun, and interesting after all these years.





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Reply #75 - 06/16/21 at 22:13:23
 
All of that and yet not a 8-track player in sight. Sigh....
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Reply #76 - 06/18/21 at 03:55:38
 
Thank you John at Lynwardwoodworks.com/ for helping make my project a very beautiful and special one!

Audio-Technica LP1240 with bypassed internal phono section and Cardas cable wiring from the tonearm leads directly to the RCA's. An Audio-Technica cartridge on modified stock arm. Black Diamond feet between the TT and neoprene layered MDF internal base with kiln dried domestic hardwood that are at a max of 8% moisture content for the rest of the plinth. This was made from 3/4" curly maple inlayed with curly Claro walnut. Joints are mitered and biscuit joined to add strength. The very bottom and inner base of the the turntable sits on is 3/4" MDF and the base has threaded 1/4 20 inserts for my choice of footers which are currently Mapleshade. Copper platter mat and record stabilizer from Sien at SPH.




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Reply #77 - 07/14/21 at 16:49:57
 
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Reply #78 - 08/24/21 at 12:23:34
 
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Reply #79 - 09/04/21 at 20:33:28
 
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Reply #80 - 11/09/21 at 17:18:28
 
Charles,
When can we get some comparative reviews on all these amazing speakers?  Give us something about what you like about each and why you prefer one over the others or some such. Strengths versus weaknesses and rankings or anything like that as I for one will never hear these amazing speakers and have to live vicariously through you. Are you familiar with Glow In The Dark Audio's web page? http://www.glowinthedarkaudio.com  I would love to see something like that from you with whatever you wanted to post and when the DIY projects die down.
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Reply #81 - 11/09/21 at 19:18:29
 
Scott,  

Thanks for the link.  Can you say anything more about the web site?  Have you found it useful, and how so? Thanks.

BTW, Great playlist on this site.
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