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About cre009

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  • Birthday 21/02/1955

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    UK Bristol

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  • Turn Table
    LP12, 301, XA + 18
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Kinshaw + 3 others
  • Digital Source 1
    Linn Mimik
  • Pre-Amp
    Kinshaw Perception
  • Power Amp/s
    Lumley Reference ST4
  • My Speakers
    HB1 or Kendal2
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. My Musician is as per your description with 2 silver bolts at the head shell and a black counterweight. I have a Hi-Fi Choice Feb 1990 review which states that just as they were about to publish they heard that the arm was going to change with the head shell glued amongst other detailed changes and a price increase from £170 to £230. It appears that yours may be one of the later variant. As far as I am aware Manticore just made the 2 arms along with 3 decks with the Mantra deck being its most well known component. They did market an extremely expensive deck called the Magister but this cost several times more than decks like the LP12 or Xerxes and I have never seen one show up though I do have a review somewhere.
  2. If noise is only being removed from one channel then maybe you only selected that channel for cleaning. The number of clicks it is identifying is normal. The software uses algorithms to identify the clicks as opposed to signal. If you are concerned about what it is identifying then output clicks as opposed to music to check that what it has identified is ok. I will only usually do one pass for de-click on the basis that over processing risks introducing artefacts. .
  3. I had a look at the documentation here because the repair assistant is a new feature that I do not have in my copies. This implies that it is necessary to select what you wish to process but it will process the full frequency bandwidth even if you only select some frequencies. It remembers settings so check if the bypass switches have been set or are available for setting.
  4. When I wrote Ariston Acoustics I meant it The Ariston Audio name was trademarked by Dunlop-Westayr at the beginning of 1973. Ariston and Ariston Audio had previously been names used by Hamish Robertson for the components produced for the Audio side of his Thermac business though probably not formally registered that I can find. Ariston Audio folded mid 1977 and the Ariston Audio name was then acquired by Fons International though I have not located any Ariston components produced while they owned it. At the end of 78 John Carrick acquired the Ariston brand and in mid 79 created the Ariston Acoustics trademark. The Ariston brand then continued under the Ariston Acoustics trademark initially producing the RD11s and RD11E decks but then quickly moved over to a new set of decks such as the RD110 and RD80. Ariston Acoustics continued to the early1990's when Julian Richer acquired it but the Ariston brand then became dormant.
  5. The user interface for RX is intuitive. For me much easier to get to grips with than Audacity. There are RX tutorials out there but elements is a basic version so many will not apply. The manuals are pretty good.
  6. The early versions of RX2 and RX3 advanced I have use wav but not flac. Later versions include support for flac as well as wav. The ability to use flac is nice but was not enough to convince me to get a later version. I believe elements has a record/transfer capability.
  7. For LP transfers I would normally run declick on the entire file. If elements has the same functions as RX then there will be various options regarding strength etc. Best to not over push otherwise you may get artefacts. If there are very bad clicks then it may be necessary to use other stuff that may not be available in elements. I do not have any experience with elements to know what you have. The advanced version of RX has additional functions for declick but I believe the basic declick is the same and should do the job for you. What I find with the basic declicker in isolation is that it will clean up minor clicks very well so a run on the whole file works well. In some cases bad clicks will convert to a dull thump and these can be annoying to eliminate. The visual display of the information in iZotope is excellent so very easy to zoom in to see what is going on.
  8. Just reinstalled Audacity so I have the current version. The protocols are on the left at the top in a drop down list under the pause button. On my installation I have 3 options one being "MME" and the other 2 being listed as Windows without any detail. If I select one of them and mouse over it then it shows as "Audio Host - Windows WASAPI". The other shows as "Audio Host - Windows Direct Sound". We are not looking at night and day differences but the WASAPI version is best. Most people are unfamiliar with the protocols. I have a lot of concert material I wanted to transfer mainly from cassette tape but some from LP and looked at how to achieve the best quality. These transfers need use of both declick and denoise as well as spectral repair. I did a lot of research on how to transfer in 24bit and settled on ASIO in iZotope. At the time there were extensive discussions on the Audacity forums and elsewhere about Audacity not supporting true 24bit transfers in Windows but this changed when WASAPI support was introduced.
  9. Early on most of the cheaper phono stages that acted as an ADC only did 16bit. Check the specification for the Rega. If it does support 24bit then transferring at 24/48 will be ok but it will be pointless if it only does 16 bit which will push up file sizes with no processing benefit. However it will be better to use WASAPI or ASIO even at 16 bit. Other protocols available in Audacity for Windows do not support genuine 24 bit transfer even though it appears possible to set them for 24 bit. The extra bytes were just filler. The genuine 24 bit only became possible as a standard function when WASAPI support was added.
  10. The iZotope declicker is very good. I have an early version of iZotope RX advanced which has given me very good results in the past. I believe the functions are the same in elements. You have not said how you are converting analogue to digital. Are you using a pc sound card or an external ADC or other method? If using Audacity on Windows to transfer then look to use the WASAPI protocol at 24bit/96 if available to you. I transfer with iZotope using the ASIO protocol that is not available in the standard version of Audacity. Both ASIO and WASAPI pick information direct from the sound card and give crisper transfers compared with other protocols that have a lot of intermediate processing. 24bit is better for processes such as declick or denoise. The problem is that at 16bit/44 there are more likely to be artefacts introduced by the processes such as warbling and chirping at the higher frequencies. You can always convert from 24/96 to 16/44 at the end. If possible try to make sure your deck is running at the correct speed. You can do speed/tempo changes using Audacity but they can be long winded and best to minimise the processing you perform. If you do not have a strobe for speed checking then use Audacity to compare speeds with a CD version of a couple of tracks that you have on both formats. For splitting LP sides into tracks after a transfer a utility called CD Wave is very good.
  11. The RD40 is an 80's deck manufactured by Ariston Acoustics as opposed to the mid 70s decks manufactured by Dunlop-Westayr. The RD40 had both AC and DC variants so you would need to check the motor specification. I would expect the motor spindle size to be common so the clip should be ok but do not directly swap a DC motor for an AC motor. There was also a 70s Ariston RD11E (E stands for electronic) which has a DC motor. We have been assuming that the RD11 that Andre owns is the original AC variant.
  12. I will agree with Uzzy about replacement Linn motors being an option. The pulleys on the Linn motors are press fitted so will need a suitable extractor to remove the Linn pulley otherwise there would be a risk of damaging the motor pulley spindle.. The RD11 and RD11s decks had pulley changes over time so you would need to swap the pulley over if your deck came with a 2 speed pulley. The Linn pulley may be a good match for an early RD11 with a single speed pulley. The inner platter on the early Systemdek transcription is a smaller diameter than the LP12 inner platter so the pulley on the Systemdek will not be compatible. Rare for Systemdek motors to come up as spares and purchasing/splitting a working deck seems pointless when LP12 motors are common. I am wondering if there is an issue with or lack of thrust pad on your existing motor. However fixing motors is not my area of expertise.
  13. There was a service announcement a few years ago which implies replacement after around 10 years - no idea if the advice still applies Service Announcement: LP12 drive belts Extensive and continuous tests of our LP12 drive belts since the launch of the Radikal power supply have shown much greater durability than previously thought. The drive belt is now expected to perform beyond ten years or even longer if periodically cleaned with standard household furniture polish. As a result the drive belt should no longer be changed automatically at every service. In light of these findings and as part of our commitment to waste reduction, we will now supply one drive belt with each turntable or Cirkus kit instead of two.
  14. There are options for sorting out the Axis power supply provided the board is not toasted. There is an ebay dealer offering a service. Class A at Sheffield are known as the go to people for fixing Valhalla boards and early Lingo power supplies and may be sufficiently close to you to at least merit an enquiry about whether they would sort the Axis. There is also a version of the Hercules board that can fit beside and replace the original board for around £230. I would suggest having a look at the Linn price list which is available on the Cymbiosis website to get a view about new spares costs and then see if second hand parts may help to keep the cost down. Probably worth a check with Peter Swain to see if he could build you a deck within your target price because he usually has plenty of used spares available. Other dealers may be able to do the same but will probably have fewer spares. Given your desire for electronic 45rpm switching consider the following Not sure if the Lingo 4 still comes with a new replacement motor or whether that now has to be purchased separately. Price listed as £1,450. Cheaper alternatives would be Lingo 1 second hand at about £450 to £550 (which could then be serviced by Class A) or the external version of the Mose Hercules at a little less. The internal version of the Hercules would not be compatible with the Karousel. These options would require a suitable motor which should be less than £100 second hand. Karousel listed as £750 but comes with inner platter and springs and grommets etc. . With the purchase of Karousel and Lingo 4 you would need the following. If you purchase second hand the parts are likely to retain value close to your purchase price if you subsequently decide to upgrade any of them. Plinth - new Linn plinths are listed at over £600. Second hand original Linn plinths are usually around £100 for non corner braced plinths but can be had for less but will potentially be tatty. People here will say to get a corner braced plinth which will be in the region of £150 up to £250 for a very good one. They are real wood so used ones may have scratched or dinged a bit but provided there is no separation at the corner they should be structurally sound. Top plate and fixings - second hand from around £80 up to £150 depending on condition. Baseboard - cheap second hand unless you go for a Trampolin base (new at £170) Sub chassis - choice new is Magik, Kore or Keel. Second hand main choices are pre Cirkus at around £50 or Cirkus at around £100. The early sub chassis are supposed to be compatible with the Karousel but I have seen one report where there was a problem with the Karousel not fitting properly on an early sub chassis. Outer platter - new at around £200 but second hand can be had for around £100 to £140 depending on condition. Armboard unless already part of sub chassis. Cross brace
  15. I have photos of RD11 decks as early as 11001835 with twin speed pulleys.