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About Daveyf

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  • Turn Table
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    WTA Black Lyra Kleos
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    CAT BPX phono stage
  • Digital Source 1
    Esoteric DV60
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    Jeff Rowland 8ti
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    CAT SL1 Ren BPX
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    Jadis JA30Mk2
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    Sonus Faber Guarneri
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  1. Given what the OP posted as his update, I would think it has to do with the motor, like other members are suggesting. Another possibility, maybe remote, is that the outer platter is slipping on the inner platter. Is the outer platter from another era to the inner?
  2. So why does the noise go away ( OP says doesn't come back?) when the motor is running and the record is on the platter?
  3. Very odd. Could it have something to do with your tonearm bearing or lift? Is the noise there if the record is spinning and not playing?
  4. Anyone noticing an increase after US cleaning of groove noise...pops, crackles etc.? I have cleaned a few newer records that were basically quiet before, and now they seem to be much noisier..which is very concerning! Not sure if it is the 'Guru' causing this...but?? I'm just using the method described by 'Guru'..DW only...no surfactants of any kind.
  5. I use the same method for the HG that the Kirmuss method uses to dry the record...a optometrists micro fibre cloth to dry any remaining wet areas after the drying cycle...works well.
  6. If we remember that just one pass with a worn stylus can permanently damage the groove, I believe this can explain a lot. Many times by the time we are aware that the stylus is worn, the damage is done. To that, we typically only hear groove damage once the record is played back with a pristine and resolving cartridge. There are numerous factors that can result in groove damage…even to this day, the way many records are delivered new has resulted in groove damage…and the record looking absolutely pristine!
  7. If you are buying used records, you have no idea as to how the record was treated in the past and how worn the stylus was that was playing. I have bought pristine looking vinyl in the past, and it was totally noisy due to groove damage. Like I said cleaning can only go so far...regardless of the method. Also, if your records are 30+ years old and have been played numerous times, it is very possible that you now have groove wear ( either from a prior worn stylus, or just simply a large number of plays). One trick with groove damage is to use Gruv Glide and knock back some of the noise, but you will never get a totally pristine record.
  8. Coloured vinyl is typically susceptible to higher surface noise than black vinyl. ( I have no idea as to why). I have noticed that anytime I have acquired a coloured vinyl it is typically much noisier than its black cousin. Could be the quality of the vinyl that is used??
  9. The Kandid, which is based on the Kleos motor, should not have sounded bloated in the bass...anything but. The Lyra cartridges actually have very precise bottom end reach, main difference as you go up their ( Lyra's) line is that the frequency extension widens a little. What you heard tells me that the much easier to set up EMT based Ekstatik was within its set up boundaries and the much more difficult to set up Kandid, was not! Lyra cartridges ( particularly the new angle designs of recent years) require a very very precise set up...more so than almost any other cartridge on the market. Get the azimuth wrong, or the SRA, or even slightly get the VTF out- and the SQ goes out the window. That simple. Folks on numerous forums have been complaining about this or that with their newer Lyra's for some time now. All of them retract these complaints once (if) they get to a point wherein the set up is precisely dialed in. ( which includes consideration for the capacitance of the phono cabling and the exact loading for the upstream phono stage). Get it wrong...and everything that the many naysayers post is 100% correct.
  10. I have heard both version of the Etna, old and new. The Lambda is slightly more resolving. As to the difference between them and the Kleos, I think the Etna’s (both versions) are slightly more extended in their bass resolution and a little wider in the soundstage. This could have also been attributed to the different arms that they were all mounted in..as the Etna’s were mounted on a Basis Vector 4 and my experience with the Kleos is on my arm and a friends Ekos SE. My Kleos is the standard version, as that mates better with my tube phono stage…
  11. Agreed, this is going to be the question for those contemplating an upgrade. The Lyra Etna Lambda is a very fine cartridge indeed, one that I think would be very difficult to better at anything near its price range. The new Ekstatik will have its work cut out. Btw, did anyone else notice that on the Linn web page, the Ekstatik is described as having flying leads for the cartridge pins, even though the photos of the cartridge do NOT show this?
  12. Very good analogy. The enzyme cleaner is required to be left on the record for several minutes before vacuuming off. In the past, I have only used it on newer records to remove any remaining mold release agent. Naturally, none of this applies to the US method.
  13. Duke, as you correctly point out, vacuum cleaning is very different to US. I have used vacuum for decades, the basic idea is to scrub off as much gunk as possible wet and then utilize the vacuum to suck up the liquid ( which presumably has the gunk imbedded). One has to use a solution that has some cleaning properties to it, like the MoFi Super Clean solution or its ilk. I was also using an Enzyme cleaner ( MoFi enzyme release) as a pre-clean. These cleaners leave no film if vacuumed off wet. OTOH, US cleaning is nothing to do with manual scrubbing, but again as you point out, the cavitation process of getting micro bubbles into the groove..and presumably removing the gunk in this manner. Personally, having now used several US machines, including the DeGritter and the A Desk and the Kirmuss...plus of course the new 'Guru', I am fairly convinced that only a strong manual scrub with a brush and then vacuuming off utilizing one of the solutions I mention above is going to remove heavy surface gunk. For lighter stuff, that might be deeper in the groove, the US method is preferable. Ultimately, I think for the best cleaning...both methods are required.
  14. Just ordered a spare tank as well. I notice that the spare roller and filter kit is showing sold out again! The HG must have a lot of fans...justifiably so, IMHO.
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