Lurch

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  1. The 83 for V2 is on its way and have the 88s on my watch list, will hopefully win them Wednesday lunchtime.
  2. A few weeks back, in a wanted classified on AoS, I made a comment Re having a TSU (which the OP had) and getting a BB3, (I beat to it in our classifieds) that I would do an a/b and report back. Below is what I posted tonight. Well I've had the BB3 in my system for a couple of weeks now, and all I can say is WOW!!! The Tron Seven Ultimate has spent 13. 5 of the last 14 days impersonating a doorstop, let me explain. A few weeks beforehand I had acquired an early (serial number 1205) Garrard 401 with SME 3009 s2 which I'd fitted with an A&R P77Mg and it was producing a wonderful rich though not as detailed sound as my Bardo/Conqueror/Axia combo via the TSU. A sound I much preferred that made me realise that I had moved too close to that line that exists between musicality and hifi. It was at this point I also realised I wasn't at all happy with my vinyl front end, what I needed was a sound profile halfway between the 401 & Bardo. I then changed arms on the 401, sticking the Conqueror & Axia on it and bingo, I had the sound I wanted. Richness, body AND Detail. At this point I was seriously considering selling the Bardo in favour of the 401. Move on a few days, Bardo still on the floor and & 401 rehoused in a heavy plinth I'd been given instead of the hollow lightweight 60s plinth it came with, when the BB3 arrived. I did an a/B against the TSU for a couple of hours then decided the Bardo needed another chance given the sound signature the BB was giving out. I put the Conqueror back on the Bardo and fired it all back up, and damn, there it was, the sound I was looking for. The BB redeemed the Bardo, changing the decks sound sognature to one with air, space, body, detail and richness. Bere in mind also that this is what the BB did with new valves and only a few hours on the clock. I did put the TSU back in but it only stayed in the system for 3 tracks before becoming an expensive doorstop. Don't get me wrong the TSU is a fantastic phonostage, but the BB3 in my system and to my ears gives me the sound signature I've been chasing, though I didn't really know what I wanted until I heard it. The BB3 is now fully beded in and sounding absolutely fantastic, better than it did initially, and I didn't think that was possible. So when I get round to it the will be a newly serviced (by GT) 2018 SPEC, TSU in the classifieds. As for the 401 it's now been fitted with an RB250 and the P77Mg and is doing Stirling service in my 2nd system, so will also be selling the 3009 s2.
  3. McVities Ginger cake (yes a whole one) with fresh brewed coffee for me this avo. Whilst listening to war of the worlds on the 401 in my 2nd (vintage) system.
  4. Yep me to I bi-wired my Arcam Alpha IIs with one run of the XL on the LF and the thinner xs on the hf. Have stuck some VD XKE, QED and some Audioplan from my main rig, the QED was shite, XKE was good but the monster matched the Audioplan for SQ event hough I'm not so bothered with absolutes in the 2nd system. Even so I've not switched the main rig much lately since I've put a 401/RB250/P77Mg in the mix, it sounds superb the the Cambridge amps & kef 104ab.
  5. The RB330 is a solid arm, but if your looking at getting it modded further down the line then I'd be inclined to go the cheaper route that will end with the same result and buy either a used RB250 or 300. These can then be self modded with an Origin Live stub & counterweight or Michell Techno-weight. They can also be sent away to OL or Audio Origami for a rewire, these 2 mods would come in at under £200.
  6. I have some 0.5m monster cable interconnect I bought back in 88 to go between my then new Cambridge Audio C50/A50 pre/power combo. Still using them in the same position (though now have a pair of A50s in bridged mono mode) in my 2nd system, and they still sound bloody good
  7. Deck currently only has armboard for Rega geometry. Board for other arms yet to be produced so its Rega, OL, AO & AM only for the time BEING.
  8. Lurch

    Amplifier current

    I may be mistaken, but I believe that the nearer an amp gets to doubling in power as the load halves then the better it's current delivery. So 100w into 8ohm & 200w into 4 Ohm denotes an amp with good current delivery, and the lower the ohms go and the closer to power doubling the better the current delivery.
  9. Which are you after as you have a mix of cc83 & 83cc above, and to the best of my knowledge (very limited) they are different animals with different requirements.
  10. Further to my earlier reply, I agree with RR and taking it easy on the arm front initially and moving up later as funds allow so your sensible arm options are: 1. NEW, Rega RB330, Origin live Alliance 2. USED, Rega RB250/300. The above will probably cost between £150 - £350. For amplification the aforementioned Audio Innovations or maybe a Pre power combo. Going pre power would mean you could retain your actives for a while and feed them with a Preamp like this one in the classifieds. If you wanted to go the whole hog (power amp & passive speakers) straight away then I have a Rotel RB06 power amp you can try. I've been using it as a summer amp in my main rig feeding quad 989s and it sounds brilliant to me, giving me 80% of what my MB845SE valve monoblocs achieve. On an initial £1k budget this would leave you £250-£400 for speakers. Your phono and fitting the 2m blue head to the red body will be more than adequate whilst you build up funds/sell your other kit to fund a better cart & phono. And as for cables, Van Damme XKE interconnect is very good but inexpensive, they also do speaker cable, ignore the studio stuff (black & Blue) and go for some 4mm2 HiFi series.
  11. Re-posting my reply in newbie intro thread to keep all ideas together. Hi and welcome Paul. I'm not far from you (Chichester) so once restrictions lift I'd be happy to help you dial your tt in. As for arm I would say look at one of the lower end Origin Live arms the Onyx is great value at £475 new, or else a used RB250 on ebay at around £200. Unless you plan to change to passive speakers then I don't see how you'll fit a valve amp in. Icon Audio valve integrated occasionally come up at sub £1500. Though if your quick there is an Early Audio Innovations S500 for sale on AoS for £950 https://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?71466-Audio-Innovations-Series-500-MkI a stonking valve integrated which still has its mm Phonostage. Jaunco on here knows them inside out and can service/upgrade it as you need.
  12. Yeah sorry about that but accidents happen. Might be worth contacting @AnilS he had a few nice tts to shift a while back including a very nice TD160.
  13. Lurch

    Newbie Intro's

    Hi and welcome Paul. I'm not far from you (Chichester) so once restrictions lift I'd be happy to help you dial your tt in. As for arm I would say look at one of the lower end Origin Live arms the Onyx is great value at £475 new, or else a used RB250 on ebay at around £200. Unless you plan to change to passive speakers then I don't see how you'll fit a valve amp in. Icon Audio valve integrated occasionally come up at sub £1500. Though if your quick there is an Early Audio Innovations S500 for sale on AoS for £950 https://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?71466-Audio-Innovations-Series-500-MkI a stonking valve integrated which still has its mm Phonostage. Jaunco on here knows them inside out and can service/upgrade it as you need.
  14. @radiant red I have a pair of 350R & 470R plugs here I'm not using at the moment if you'd like to borrow them to play with.
  15. Yep definitely don't want a penis sticking out of ya psu. 🤣🤣
  16. Oii!! Leave his toggle switch alone, its very useful if you also play with MMs or SUTs. (providing you remember to remove the loading plugs 1st )
  17. Hopefully your reducing the size of the logo for the new one box unit as that's the only thing I personally feel let's things down a bit. Infact I think it would look very professional if it was, only around 30-40% of its current size. Or may be separated with the 9 circles in a box top left & BigBottle Audio BB3 as a line of text bottom left.
  18. Yep, but the BB3 has taken the Bardo/Conqueror/Axia combo towards 401 levels of richness and tonality as opposed to the almost stark hifi type sound I was getting, (conq + Axia on the 401 was sublime) . The 401 is now residing in my vintage (70s/80s) 2nd system inplace of an Ariston RD80SL which I'm trying to move on. I may have found you 2 more customers, Speedracer who rates the BB3 above his now sold Vida, and wizmax who heard the BB3 yesterday and was very very impressed with it.
  19. I have a pair of 1951 Sylvania 6SN7GTs (labelled bad boys) sitting here doing nowt if you get the Freya and fancy a play.
  20. I know where your coming from Jon. The BB3 not only trounced an £8.4k Tron Seven Ultimate, it transformed the sound of my Axia S from a very good hifi cart into a wonderfully rich nuanced musical cart. A cart I hasten to add I was looking to move on if I kept the Bardo, as I felt it was to blame for me getting to close to the line between music and hifi. I'm now keeping the Bardo & Axia.
  21. Another older pair of speakers to look out for is KEF 104ab, superb sounding and available for sensible money. I'm running a pair in my 2nd system fed via a 401/RB250, Marantz CD63se (mk1) and chromecast audio/FiiO Taishan DAC into an 80s Cambridge C50 Pre & 2x A50s as bridged monos.
  22. It's a pity we've have this lock down shite this year, as I regularily travelled to visit a mate in Ledbury and would be more than happy to have brought my MFA Baby Reference passive pre up so you could have had a listen. If your in no rush then we could sort something very early next year if travel is possible. The Baby Ref is in another league to the regular MFA passive preamps, ask Nick @Fourlegs he had a silver wound classic? and moved it on for a baby ref V2 after hearing a V1 (the one I now own).
  23. He is a weirdo & pedant who has been banned from here and other forums under various guises for his views & attitude. Anything he says is best taken with a shovel of salt.
  24. Well I'm running a 2 box Lector CDP7TL, however in this instance the 2nd box is the psu as opposed to a DAC. Lector also do a 4 box version, cdt, dac, 2x psu. Sent from my I3312 using Tapatalk
  25. There's this finishing tomorrow evening, looks to be a small form factor.