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  1. Hi all, Just thought I’d share my recent LP 12 adventures. My table has seen an extraordinary amount of love in 2021: in early March a new Karousel, Kore and Krystal ... and just last week a pre-owned Ak Radikal and Urika 2 were fitted. I was previously using a Lingo 2 and the ASH built-in MC stage. Arm is an Ittok LVIII (mk1). Having upgraded to Exakt early this year with Linn Winter promo (new ASH w/ surround module and 2x new Ak Exaktbox-6s) + the fast follow LP12 upgrades, I wasn’t really looking to spend more $ for new gear ... but I wanted to upgrade my motor, so I was on the lookout for a pre-owned Ak Radikal. I saw @akamatsuwas upgrading to Klimax Rad, so reached out if he would sell his Akurate. Alas, he’s keeping for another system, but connected me to Ron at Definitive who had a customer looking to upgrade to Klimax. Fortunately for me, that customer was also willing to part with his Urika 2 :-) (being replaced with a brand new one in his system). Ron was super helpful, fair and knowledgeable ... he boxed up the used gear beautifully and shipped to me in Chicago from Seattle. Fortunately for me, that Ak Rad also had a recent motor swap out (that Ron informed me of in advance) so I contacted Linn to verify date ... it was produced August 2020, so like new! So a huge thanks to this forum, @akamatsuand Ron for helping me find exactly what I hoped for and more! Then, also by the goodness of this forum, I learned of @ThomasOK and that his shop is “only” about 3 1/2 hours drive ... so I made the trip. Wow was it worth it. Thomas is extremely kind, knowledgeable and skilled. We took about 5 hours and left NOTHING to chance with my LP12, testing and torquing everything that could be. I learned so much just watching Thomas, and he is what makes this hobby great for me. So full of fun stories and Linn history, and welcomed any question I had, including sharing a number of useful tips. His experience was put to great use as my Ittok arm stand bolt was too long, and my plinth not tall enough for everything to simply plug-and-play ... he wasn’t deterred in the least, and smartly deployed his tried and true adjustments on the fly. We renewed my cartridge leads with the latest Ekos versions (mine were brittle and one lead had partially snapped), a new belt, installed the Ak Rad, installed the Urika 2 (which brings a Tramp 2 type base with it - bonus for me since I previously had only the fixed baseboard) ... even replaced/affixed my missing tiny lid feet! And of course, in true Thomas fashion, checked torque on everything including the electronics. Everything Thomas does is with great intention. I felt like he was setting up his personal table, and he wanted everything to be right. I love finding serious, experienced people dedicated to their craft. I know many on this forum have personal relationships with their local dealers, and there are certainly a number of pros out there ... so let me add, I’m fortunate to have met Thomas and proud to now essentially have his “signature” on my table. I added a pic while my LP12 was in his workbench. You can see his (in)famous torque screwdriver in the bottom right of the pic. Most shocking discovery: we found my Karousel was absolutely cranked wayyy too tight (different previous installer), and making the change to a torque 2-3x less (around 3.2ish) was instantly FAR more musical! I also didn’t know there was such a thing as outer platter sweet spot alignment, but as Thomas diligently dialed in, you could definitely hear it’s worth the discovery effort. Our most comical moment was needing a DS/system hub to hook up for testing with Urika 2, so we sourced a Klimax from a listening room. Lol, not bad for just some old test bench kit! I have it home now, and it’s just amazing. I couldn’t be happier, not only for the improved sound, but also for the experience. Had I just dropped for later pick-up, I would have missed a rare chance to be part of what makes this hobby great. Thank you again Thomas and forum members who share all your stories, wisdom and good humor. (yes, that’s Steely Dan Gaucho on the platter. First 15 secs of Hey Nineteen frequently repeated as the test track).
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  2. 7 points
  3. Grace Jones - Nightclubbing vinyl
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  4. Further update - Roxy is now home!! Collected her from the vets just over an hour ago. She seems really bright, such a transformation from the previous 24 hours. Here we are having a quick cuddle in the back of the car: She's now snoozing in her favourite place in front of the patio doors. Boiled chicken and antibiotics for supper tonight - yum! Your donations keep rolling in, I can't thank you enough for your amazing generosity. The bill for the last 24 hours is significant, but a couple of hundred less than anticipated, so better than the other way round! Now it's time for R&R, and lots of hugs of course... Will post again soon, when she is recovered and looking towards her neck operation.
    6 points
  5. Thanks! A couple more... To give some idea of scale, there are people on the far shore in the image below, and the jagged slates protruding from the wall were once a stairway.
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  6. I can’t afford your amp, but I can afford a donation. Close to my heart as just over a year ago we lost our hound, and two months ago had a £3000 bill for one of our cats.
    5 points
  7. David Bowie - Station to Station original vinyl
    5 points
  8. [1983] Marillion ‎– Script For A Jester's Tear [flac]
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  9. Just donated Jules, lost my beautiful King Charles Cavalier Harley last June so suddenly at only 7, still as painful 10 months on :-( Praying Roxy comes through this. All the best, Paul.
    5 points
  10. Ministry of Sound, 80’s Electronic. CD
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  11. London Grammar - Californian Soul. CD
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  13. Bryan Ferry - Bete Noire. on vinyl...
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  14. Roxy Music - Stranded. My favourite album of theirs by a mile. The cover's not half bad, either (Marilyn Cole) . A true classic and I think rather different to their other albums. More inventive, some great lyrics and lovely piano work. Only just read that Eno didn't appear on this album. A coincidence?
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  15. I grew up with dogs around me other than 9 years in H M Forces and have had dogs ever since (40 + years) and there were a couple of times I found myself in this situation with no one to turn too. I know only too well how desperate you feel Jules and hope with every bone in my body it all comes good for you and Roxy. I have contributed mate all the best. Steve.
    4 points
  16. this evening featured Pink Floyd’s Division Bell.
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  17. I'm not a 'twitcher' at all nor do I think I've contributed to this thread previously but - I found this amongst some images I'd taken a couple of weeks ago at a nearby Nature Reserve which I visit for exercise almost every day. He seems quite tame and unperturbed by humans, perhaps because food is left every day by visitors. Fuji XT3 with XF55-200 mm
    4 points
  18. Maybe start a little collection and some people can donate a few quids towards helping Roxy... I would. These puppy eyes work every time.
    4 points
  19. Latest 'use up some components' power supply now up and running. This will probably go into service with the new phono stage when I finish it. It seems to be as low noise as I'd hoped. CLCLCR, then shunt reg with a VR valve for reference voltage and then a final CR stage. Separate left and right supplies. Under the hood, there are also a pair of solid state regulator boards for two filament supplies. It will eventually live on the bottom shelf of the rack, and the part-built DHT preamp will have pride of place on the top. Only negative is the CV449 VRs are bright as hell Onwards and upwards in the attempt to get some workshop space back.
    4 points
  20. I thought I ought to start a thread here rather than continue to hijack my own for sale ads, and indeed it seems the entire classifieds section! It's not fair on other sellers also trying to find homes for their kit. I wanted somewhere to keep people updated of the progress of my dog, who is being so wonderfully supported by the 'Wam family. So for those of you who may not be aware, I put a couple of items up for sale to raise some funds towards the seemingly-exponential growth in vetinary treatment costs for my gorgeous companion Roxy, a 9 year old Boxer who my partner and I adopted around 16 months ago. This is her, in happier times: She's an extremely active dog as you'd expect for a Boxer - as a breed they really are like the canine equivalent of Tigger and she's no exception. Bounce, bounce, run, chase, bounce, that's basically her life. However towards the end of March she strained on the lead trying to chase a cat, and it was immediately obvious that she had done herself some damage and was in a lot of pain. I won't give chapter and verse on all the details but she has been on a diet of up to five different different painkillers and anti-inflammatories to manage her discomfort, and (worst of all for her) on a regime of rest and extremely restricted exercise. Boxers don't "do" rest! My other half and I managed to find enough money between us to pay the £2500 for the referral consultation and MRI scan that confirmed that the problems a slipped disk in her neck that is bulging and putting pressure on the spinal cord and causing the pain and the symptoms she has been displaying: We were presented two possible treatment options. The first is to continue to manage to condition with the painkillers and the rest, and this can be very effective over a period of some months in remedying the problem. However there is always a possibility of the issue recurring again, and I was concerned that she may never be able to run and chase her ball again, in case it aggravated the disk. The other option is to elect for surgery to remove the soft part of the disk that has exploded and is putting the pressure on her spinal cord. Obviously there is a risk involved with this, but it's a common enough procedure for this to be pretty low, and the recovery rate is as high as 95%. For me, it's a no-brainer, to give her back the quality of life that she is missing, and can have again. Then the estimated cost came in - an additional £3-4000. And so we have been on a drive to try and find the money to pay for it, hence the amp & DAC sale. It's only "stuff" after all, and can be replaced. Roxy can't be. So the scan took place last Wednesday and she seemed to recover pretty well (she's tough for an old bird!). However in the early hours of Friday morning she started going downhill with diarrhoea and vomiting, was lethargic and acting erratically. It got progressively worse through the day, and in the early hours of Saturday morning we rushed her to the emergency vet as she had lost control of her back end, convulsing and collapsing all over the place. Following a transfer back to my own vet (and then onwards again to another out of hours vet to continue treatment) it seems that she probably has something called HGE - Haemorrhagic Gastro-Enteritis. The symptoms are exactly what we had experienced, and it's something with a sudden and dramatic onset with little warning. The main treatment is to administer fluids as they lose a lot. It transpires through speaking to our vet that there is a nasty bug or virus that seems to be doing the rounds in the Southampton area at the moment, they saw another two dogs yesterday morning while Roxy was with them, displaying exactly the same symptoms. So this is also a bit of a warning to dog owners in the eastern Southampton area at the moment - please be careful when you're out walking your dogs and be mindful of the signs of HGE and the suddenness with which it comes on. Make sure they don't scavenge anything. If your dog starts displaying these symptoms, act quickly and get them treatment, the earlier you act the better their chances. I was also warned that it can be contagious so we are having to keep our other dog Poppy confined to barracks until we can be sure she hasn't also picked it up. Good hygiene at home including clean bowls, washing hands, etc also helps a lot to avoid transmission. Thanks to the brilliant care she has received from both our vets and both of the emergency vets she has attended, Roxy appears to be making a very good recovery. The vet this morning described her as "super-perky"! Hopefully she will be coming home later today, to continue recuperating on antibiotics and possibly then on probiotics afterwards to re-establish the gut biome. Obviously she is not in a fit state at the moment for us to think about her having the neck operation, she will need to get back to full strength first, but once she is able to withstand the anaesthetic etc then we will book her in. Bizarrely, the emergency vets said that they have not had to administer any painkillers to her today, which is amazing considering what she had been taking this last couple of weeks. This was her yesterday morning when we collected her from the local vets to move her to where she is now (unfortunately she was unable to stay there due to staff shortages) - looking very sorry for herself and yet still 100% better than 1:30 am yesterday: She's lost over 1kg in weight in the last two days and her harness doesn't fit! I am hopeful that she will put this back on once she is home and eating again. Thanks to the overwhelming kindness and generosity of so many 'Wam members, who have contributed via her GoFundMe page, we should be able to cover a large chunk of the costs of this unexpected emergency treatment, which so far is hovering around an additional £1500 (final bill not yet in). If I can find homes for my amp and DAC, that will cover the rest, and also put a big chunk towards her main surgery, once that can be scheduled. I just wanted to extend my gratitude again to everyone who has sent kind words or donations - it really means so much to us to know that there is such love and care for her, and from people with whom I've probably never even had a conversation, let alone actually met in person. The 'Wam truly is the most amazing community and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it. I doubt I will ever be able to repay all the kindness, but I will do my best to try, and hope that in future I can return the same favours to someone else in their hour of need. Fingers crossed Rox will soon be back to doing what she loves the most! Here she is, goading Poppy into playing with her: Untitled.mov More updates to come later. Much love to you all in the meantime. Edit: here's the GoFundMe link if anyone wants to take a look: https://gofund.me/42dc2624
    3 points
  21. Withdrawn - sold to a dealer Can't believe I'm having to do this. I had no intention whatsoever of selling my wonderful amp, but unfortunately I am desperately in need of the money. An MRI scan this week has confirmed that my beloved 9-year old Boxer Roxy has a slipped disc in her neck and needs further surgery to get her out of pain. Being uninsured due to her medical history and age, that cost falls to me, and at the moment it's running to over £6000.... So as much as I adore my Gato, I adore my dog far more. There's simply no contest, and so in order to raise funds to put towards her medical costs, I am putting it up for sale. I purchased it directly from Gato on 12/8/2019 and it's registered for their extended warranty, so it's covered until 12/8/2024. Not that I would expect anything to go wrong, it's basically bullet-proof. I will confirm that this is transferrable to a new owner. This is the non-NPM version of their DIA-250S Class-D amp, i.e. it does not have built-in streaming features, however it does have its own built-in 24/192 DAC and a Bluetooth receiver. It's fitted with a gloss white top cover. These are interchangeable, so if you're not keen on white you can swap it for gloss black, or a gloss Walnut veneer. It features two unbalanced RCA inputs (one of which can be configured to use as a home theatre bypass), one balanced (XLR) input, one optical and one coaxial digital input, a Type-B USB input plus the aforementioned Bluetooth receiver (AptX) for streaming from other devices. There's one set of unbalanced RCA outputs and one set of XLR balanced outputs should you wish to connect something like a headphone amp perhaps. You can also switch off the speaker outputs if you're using a headphone amp (I found this out by accident - had to ask Frederik @ Gato what button I'd pushed to do this!) There's been quite a bit of conversation on this forum recently about these super-classy and beautifully built amps, and Class-D in general so I'd direct you to some of those threads if you need to understand a bit of the flavour of the amp. To summarise however I'd say it's a natural, neutral but not sterile sound, it "does" emotion as well as accuracy. They have quite a fanbase on the forum now, and deservedly so. As is often the case for Class-D it has pretty big reserves, close to doubling its output into 4 ohms and then again into 2 ohms so it will drive most speakers with gusto. If you want something to take control of your drivers, this will do the job nicely. Cosmetically, I was going to post that it's absolutely immaculate, until I took it out of the rack to take photos, where I discovered a very small scuff / scratch on one of the fins of the right-hand heatsink. I must have done it previously moving it around, and curse myself for it. I have taken a close-up photo to show it, but in truth it's not really noticeable form a normal distance. That mark aside, the rest of it is as-new. As you'd expect, everything functions perfectly. The companion remote control is pleasant to hold and use - not quite Plinius-quality or heft but decent. It controls all the major amp functions including allowing you to mute the output and dim or turn off the display (you can also do that with a button on the back of the amp itself). The amp comes in its dedicated packaging, including the double-box, instruction manual and a USB driver disc for Windows. I've just checked shipping costs within the UK. I won't send this without insurance to cover the full cost and will only ship within the UK (apologies to our overseas forum members). Using UPS it will cost £30 - I prefer to stick with them as I have never had any issues using their services. I am perfectly happy with collection in person (with all appropriate Covid precautions) if you would prefer - I'm based in Southampton and will also deliver locally (within 30 miles radius or thereabouts). Current list price from Gato is €2499 or roughly £2200. Audio Emotion have an ex-dem for just under £2000. I would like to offer this for £1700 £1600 £1500 (no offers) I really do need the proceeds from this sale as quickly as possible but given what the money is to be used for I can't accept any low-ball offers. Please do ask if you have any other questions, and thanks for reading. Now... break open the piggy bank and treat yourself! And here she is - the girl of my dreams who will send tail wags and licky-licks to the new owner! (yeah, I'm shameless enough to tug on your heartstrings...)
    3 points
  22. Apologies @Nopianoand all. The 'blue box' is the chunky structure towards the rear of the Linn factory. It is essentially the warehouse holding parts for product build and finished stock. Alternatively for anyone needing a little mystery and magic.....it's a dark place without lighting that only robots can access. Humans are not able to be in this space. So. When you see images of the Waterfoot building that's what the big blue thing is.
    3 points
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  24. @Moomintroll There is no built stock in the blue box at Linn in either finish. Black product build begins potentially late in the day tomorrow (Monday 26th) all components are ready for the next batch and await finished metalwork. That was the latest update I had from Linn Friday 23rd. Hope that's useful. Simon
    3 points
  25. I haven't posted for ages. I can't believe people are still arguing over this nonsense - the fedabs are on the march again! I'd be the first to agree that there are some sharks in the hifi world - particularly in the UK and US, where daft prices are very much the name of the game. This is 2021, there's incredible technology out there and... then there are still human beings. Most electronic engineers and science graduates are so obsessed with measurements that their families make them eat in another room at meal times. Now I've met some doctors and surgeons who have a similarly high opinion of themselves but because they deal with real living beings every day, they admit that we still have much to learn about the mysteries of life - particularly the mind, exactly how we perceive what we see, hear and feel. It's mysterious stuff I'll have you know! There is a great deal of the listening experience which remains unfathomable. I love chatting to other music lovers, particularly those even more passionate than myself. To me it's very interesting to listen to what people talk about, what they say they hear. We do NOT all hear the same things. What might be an obvious characteristic to one listener is not heard by another. We could talk about neurodiversity here, we know some of the greatest musicians didn't exactly fit dead middle of the autism spectrum. And the same is true for pretty well all of us I expect. Many music listeners can hear shape and form when listening, whether an instrument sounds more rounded etc. Some listeners can hear colour (hello!). We do not fully understand why this is. We are, almost literally, wired up in many different ways. (My internal wiring is all Van Den Hul.... ). You simply can not just dismiss the experience of so many hifi enthusiasts who choose to explore mains cable options. I'm sorry but there are far too many of us who CAN hear the great improvements they can make to your system. As for the oft posted "expectation confirmation" remarks - sorry that's a bit insulting. I will just express my opinion here and say quite confidently that you don't just put a £200 mains cable in your system and say "Oh that's great" and leave it there. Of course not, what one does is put it in different places in one's system, mix and match with other cables and live with them, switch again, dismiss or keep - that's an open mind at work. If anybody is engaging in expectation bias I rather think it's the flat earth deaf aid brigade who don't want to hear something that challenges their mindset - typically trying a nice mains cable in their system, claiming it doesn't make a difference, just taking it out after 30 minutes, then insulting the other half of the hifi community.
    3 points
  26. Having tried many many diff cables, speaker, I/c, power cords, the ones that were most likely to disappoint were russ andrews. They effectively ruined sound, turgid and flat. Also stupid pricing. I appreciate people have diff views, but posting any item on cables and tables on this forum is a risky experience. Shame as it kills open views and possibility to gain knowledge from others experience. Just because it’s doesn’t make sense to one person doesn’t imply stupidity of the other. quantum mechanics are only understood properly by a handful of people, doesn’t mean it’s rubbish, just difficult.
    3 points
  27. By the road from Southwell to Oxton this morning: Nikon Df/Tamron 70-210 f4
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  28. The reference point is always the real thing. Just as it always has been. That the sound will be different depending on the venue, room, etc. is irrelevant. These are changes that we are all aware of and the mind is perfectly capable of filtering. If you know what a violin sounds like, then you'll recognise it as a violin regardless of whether it's being played in a sewer or an anechoic chamber. To start arguing around which recording or recording method is 'correct' is to totally miss the point, because none of them are.
    3 points
  29. William Orbit - Pieces in a Modern style. On cd.....
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  30. Nat King Cole - Love is the thing Original Vinyl
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  31. Small donation just made anonymously (I think) from me and the two boys in my avatar along with our heartfelt best wishes.
    3 points
  32. Gary, that is so kind of you. I'm not on Facebook (never have been) so this is a big thing for me. I have to say that the incredible response I have received from my 'Wam family has been nothing short of astonishing. Really, genuinely moving. The emotional support means as much as the financial, to be honest. There were a lot of tears yesterday morning when we thought that she may not see out the weekend. It was terrifying how quickly she went downhill, and yet thanks to the care of my brilliant local vet and the continued are of the emergency vets she has visited, the improvement in her condition in the space of a few hours was unbelievable. All the kind words of support from everybody here really kept me going through yesterday evening and again this morning. Thankfully it looks as though she will be able to come home later on today, to finish recuperation and get strong enough to face the big operation to deal with the slipped disk. So that I don't keep cluttering up this thread (which is after all a genuine "For Sale" ad!) I'm going to post something the public bar to keep you all updated on her progress. thank you all again for everything, it really does mean so much to me and my partner, and of course to our darling girl. My other dog, Poppy, is missing her too, so the sooner Rox is home, the better! The amp is now boxed up and ready for collection or delivery, so I'm hoping that it finds a happy new home soon
    3 points
  33. ...also shared on my facebook page. Even if it raises an extra couple of quid, eh...The cost of animal healthcare is astronomical these days, when insurance is not an option.
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  34. 3 points
  35. Here’s to Roxy’s health. Donation made. All the best, Russ.
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  36. Ricki Lee Jones debut album Vinyl
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  37. 3 points
  38. in a similar vein . . . . Jesus looked across the table and asked his father: "So where have you been these last few months?" God replied: "I've been all round Yorkshire" Jesus was shocked. "There's been a pandemic for a year and you've been in Yorkshire! What were you doing there?" "Working from home, my son. Working from home!"
    3 points
  39. Thanks, guys. You’re very welcome. My order is in for a new system hub.
    3 points
  40. Image: Not the New Klimax DSM I had the opportunity to have a quick audition of the New Klimax DSM, hooked uo to up to date 350s, at Speakers Corner yesterday. At volume 53 the performance was really nice, soundwise. As I only auditioned a few digital tracks, all one can judge is virtually limited to the New Klimax clock, though, as the ADC and DAC are not being used. Thus, conclusions about analog sources or analog sinks, cannot be drawn. Unfortunately, I also had no opportunity to a one-on-one comparison with the original Klimax Hub. So my verdict with caution: I could not find anything to complain about soundwise. What I still don't like is the design. In real life, the box actually looked even worse, than expected. Hiding the display behind mirror-glass (!) is not a good idea, and can impair readability - depending on the light in the room. I missed this detail from the images so far. The upper part really reminds me of the lid of a biscuit tin. (compare image above). What happens to the LP reminiscent grooves over time remains to be seen. The carved out Linn logo is nice, though. This all refers to the silver version. I did not see the black one. But obviously, this is a matter of taste. Others may have other tastes. Replacing my Linn master clock at the price of a Rolex? I'm not convinced, yet.
    3 points
  41. 'Every valley' CD- Public Service Broadcasting.
    3 points
  42. https://gofund.me/2bab7cd5 Just found the link and donated
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  43. I have worn my thumbs flat from typing replies on my phone, to everyone who has kindly donated so far. I do hope these messages are coming through - I haven't used GoFundMe before so I've just used the "send thanks" option. Presumably it comes through to the email address you used to make the donation with, please check spam / junk mailboxes if nothing has arrived. And of for whatever reason nothing turns up, then have this one: THANK YOU!
    3 points
  44. Best way to do it Jules - and remember, you didn't ask, everyone offered
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  45. Supertramp - Some Things Never Change 1997 Cd Ripped to flac
    3 points
  46. Sorry to learn that Roxy is in pain. Full marks for your decision. All the best for a successful outcome for her, for you and your HiFi. You're doing the right thing.
    3 points
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