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Nestor Turton

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About Nestor Turton

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    Nestor Turton
    Experienced Wammer
  • Birthday 01/05/1950

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  • Turn Table
    A) Klimax LP12
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    A) EKOS SE Krystal
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    A) Urika II
  • Digital Source 1
    B} JRiver ID
  • Digital Source 2
    B} Chord Blu2
  • DAC
    B} Chord DAVE
  • Integrated Amp
    B) Chord Etude
  • Pre-Amp
    A) Akurate DSM/3
  • Power Amp/s
    A} Klimax Twin
  • My Speakers
    A)Spendor B)Harbeth
  • Headphones
    B) Audeze LCD3
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. home recordings by Chas Hodges are excellent and made me think the late great Chas was sitting in the corner of the room playing a new collection of songs. Maybe not for everyone, but first class musicianship and songs. If you have any doubts how good Chas & Dave could be then try their Live at Abbey Road set with the outstanding guitar work of Albert Lee.
  2. I remember hearing LP12 with one of George Hadcock's superb unipivot arm and Decca London cartridge - it was an age ago, but the sound was superb. I have only heard a Shure V15 with a SME arm and thought that was very musical too - probably preferred the Decca.
  3. Although I confess I am not a big fan of Genesis (especially after the departure of Peter Gabriel). I do like some their material and for me their finest album was “Trespass”. The line up at the time featured the guitar work of Anthony Phillips and I confess I am a big fan of Anthony Phillips having collected around 40 of his albums. Currently listening to his Private Parts & Pieces set and thoroughly recommend it. If you want to explore Ant's music then http://www.anthonyphillips.co.uk is as good a place as any.
  4. Nick Lowe wrote lots of The Brinsley’s songs and I agree they were a great band. Tonight I have been listening to Magic in the Air by The Attack with the late great John Du Cann on guitar. The sound quality is not audiophile, but the songs more than compensate. John went on to play with Andromeda, Atomic Rooster, Hard Stuff and Bullet and had a belated hit with his version of “Don’t Be a Dummy” backed on his solo album by Status Quo. However, the Attack were one of the first hard rock bands I remember from 1967. Their catalogue deserves sympathetic remastering, but I doubt it can happen. If it could then “Magic in the Air” would easily stand up against early Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin records. Great version of “Sympathy for the Devil” as well as some outstanding originals.
  5. I selected Krystal in my Linn account and it did the rest for me. There are a number of cartridges with presets, you only have to do it manually if your cartridge is not on the list. Sounds fine to me. I’m not a tweaker so haven’t tried non-standard settings to see if I can improve on the Linn defaults.
  6. 1975's Fatsticks by Terry Stamp of Third World War. As an alternative to The BBC, there was the Radio Luxembourg chart show. When I was knee high to a grasshopper, I and school friends used to listen in until John Peel came on. In 1970 one of my best friends, who sadly died while still at school, introduced me to a record he'd bought after hearing it on that alternative station. It was Ascension Day/Teddy Teeth Goes Sailing by Third World War. NME reviewed oy as the worst record ever (probably a young Jeff Dreadnaught) so that was incentive enough for me to spend my pocket money on their eponymous debut LP. Third World War made one other album before splitting which had the imaginative title Third Word War II. Terry Stamp was the lead singer/songwriter and credited with playing Chopper Guitar. His first solo album was Fatsticks, which was recently reissued. 30 years passed before Terry released his second solo effort: Bootlace Johnnie and the Ninety-Nines. Terry's band on Fatsticks were Lead Guitar – Ollie Halsall Bass – Alan Spenner Drums – Tony Newman Piano – Mike Moran Jim Avery was also on bass and co wrote a couple of tracks. Jim was on both Third World War albums and was a member of that great 60s band The Attack with John Du Cann (albeit for a short spell only). Jim and Terry still work together (if you're interested then all the details are on http://stardomroad.com/Stardom_Road/Fatsticks.html) Third World War and the Fatsticks band sound similar to The Clash who they predated by 6 six years. Joe Strummer was a big fan during his formative years. I think Stardom Road would be one of my dessert island discs.
  7. Great Track: Thanks - I listened to Frumpy 2 last night and had forgotten what an excellent record it was. Agree with you about Jean-Jaques Kravetz keyboards and Inga Rumpf vocals. I also have a Frumpy album called "All Will Be Changed". Have you come across a band called Dennis (Drums, Percussion: Carsten Bohn, Guitar: Thomas Kretschmer, Keyboards: Manne Rörup & Michael Kobs, Bass: Jim Wiley & Klaus Briest, Percussion: Olaf Cassalich)? I have an album called Hyperthalamus by them and it is very good. Cartsen Bohn was Frumpy's drummer (his son's name is Dennis).
  8. The only way is to try one and have a listen. I use HP switches and would recommend them. I have heard a few audiophile switches and thought they were every bit as good as HP switches. Before I retired I worked on a customised switch design for a very fussy customer and it had to meet a set of rigorous standards. The cost was around £2k per unit so I can understand the high price of a bespoke switch. Personally, I am not in to audiophile cables, switches, routers and music servers and prefer to spend money on the DAC and beyond. However, others hear differently so it is a personal choice,
  9. Not sure what it says on The Facebook (never used it), but these are two very different companies. Chord Company based in Salisbury assembles boutique cables from reasonable well made leads to highly expensive ones that produce unusual effects. I am not a great fan of audiophile cables and use wires from Canare and Van Damme (Linn cables with Linn). Chord Electronics based in Maidstone designs and manufactures amplification and DACs. Compared with some exotic brands they are quite reasonably priced. The Chord DACs were among the first to use FPGAs rather than off the shelf DAC chips. The hardware architecture is similar to Linn’s Organik. The main difference is the FPGA Chord uses to create a reconstruction filter. The technology is interesting to me as my job before retiring involved FPGAs. The designer Rob Watts is very interesting to talk with and has answered many questions about how his algorithms work. Chord amplifiers, designed by John Franks, are also a bit different. I have a Chord Choral system and really like it, but cannot say it has exceptional bass as I use it with Harbeth speakers that are based on the BBC LS3/5A design for studio monitoring so my setup is probably bass shy. The advantage of Linn electronics for me is Space Optimisation as it lets me position speakers in my lounge in a way that is domestically acceptable. And, of course, there is the LP12. Whether any of this is value for money is debatable, but that is true for almost any commodity. People buy expensive cars when a small inexpensive car would do as well or if COVID ever goes away get the bus. Personally, if I were given a Ferrari then I’d sell it and use the money for something else. If I were given a next generation Linn Klimax DSM then I’d be absolutely delighted. I do not think these commodities are overpriced as having helped design and implement a secure computing network with FPGAs I have an appreciation of the costs, but whether we needed to go as far as we did when common off the shelf (COTS) commodities could have sufficed - however, I know our customer was delighted and did not want COTS. For me, it’s the same with audio.
  10. Yes one and the same, Frank was the man from Atlantis. He also played with Colin Hodgkinson on the album Bitch. I haven’t heard that LP or indeed the one you have above.
  11. I switch my kit off when not in use. It takes next to no time to play nicely. No idea if this applies to Arcam though as I have never had any Arcam equipment. It was one thing I detested about Naim - leave it on all night, buzzing away: no thanks.
  12. Frank Diez & Peter Bischof-Fallenstein's 1975 album Daybreak with text by Richard Jeffrey Charles Palmer who was also lyricist for King Crimson on albums “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic” (1973), “Starless And Bible Black” (1974) and “Red” (1974). AFAIK It was their only LP, Frank Diez was in the early line up of Atlantis and later joined Eric Burdon's Fire Dept.
  13. Excellent video - very interesting technique - wonder why “+” & “-“ rather than marks from 1 to 10 (or 1 to 15)? Whole numbers would let him find the biggest sum of scores and weight criteria if not equally important. Wonder if you change music do you get different results? I could find out by trying it. Hmmm … has given me some ideas.
  14. Magnificent music from a band that don’t get played enough. Popul Vuh were mostly the work of composer & keyboard genius Florian Fricke, another great musician who left this world far too soon.
  15. I have a pair of Magnepan, not electrostatic, but similar positioning problems to ESL63s. Superb speakers in both cases, but I can’t find a suitable location in my cottage. They are now in a cupboard and I use more conventional (Spendor) speakers instead, if you can accommodate panels then go for it, ESL57, ESL63, Martin Logan and Maggies are all wonderful if you have a big listening room. If I lived in Canada then I’d try some JensZen electrostatic speakers https://janszenaudio.com/collections/all - however the price I was quoted for UK imports was ridiculous - double the $ price and change to £. These speakers seemed to have all the advantages of panels and yet worked uo against the wall in a small room.
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