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About JohnnyBuchan

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    Junior Wammer

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    Lichfield UK
  • Real Name
    John Buchan

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  • Turn Table
    LP12, Kore, Lingo 1
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Magik/Audio Tech MC
  • Digital Source 1
    Akurate DSM Katalyst
  • Power Amp/s
    3 x LK140
  • My Speakers
    Aktiv Ninkas
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I jumped down this particular rabbit hole very recently... I don't know where you are based but I would highly recommend you contact Peter Swain at Cymbiosis, in Leicester UK, With Peter's expert guidance on where best to spend the money we spec'd up a deck that was a mix of new and used parts and built a deck that is just getting better and better and significantly better than an off-the-peg Majik. I'd also say that starting with a few LPs is a great opportunity to start to build collection to love, even better now that you can stream it and decide whether you like it or not before committing to buying. Of course there are inevitably hidden costs, decent LPs aren't cheap actually they are f**king expensive! And you will need to set aside £400-£500 for a decent record cleaning system, which I have yet to do... I spend £40 on a Spinclean thing, its ok but its not nearly good enough really! So having said all that, would I give it back if I had the chance? No way!
  2. I thought I'd post an update on what has been happening with my LP12. About 10 minutes after putting up my original post, Peter at Cymbiosis got in touch... it never occurred to me to give him a bell in the first place! Having run through the symptoms we were both of a similar view that most likely candidate was the phono stage in the ADSM and less than 48 hours later a Rega MC stage landed on my doorstep from Peter to try-out and give me something to compare against. So it had been a few days since the issue had arisen and it wasn’t without a degree of surprise that I found the deck was performing significantly better . I guess this must be the cartridge settling in and starting to work properly. Switching to the Rega Phono (after letting it warm-up), initial impression is a warmer, more detailed and engaging listen than the on-board Linn stage… (Why on earth do Linn make those RCA plugs so flaming tight!!??) Using Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” on 180g vinyl and streaming the HD version on Qobuz as a basis for comparison, I was surprised to find that the Rega was actually outperforming the streamed HD version. The little Rega stage really does give the on-board Linn a bit of a kicking! Things do however seem to be continually improving, I guess it is also entirely possible that the on-board Linn stage is itself running-in. Anyway the great news in all of this is that there is clearly absolutely nothing wrong with the deck itself. Many thanks to Peter Swain for his help, support and outstanding customer service… all being well there will likely be a phono stage purchase at Cymbiosis on the other side of this current apocalypse. JB
  3. Outstanding customer service for sure, and of course it was you guys on this forum that pointed me in Peter's direction I love people that have a passion for what they do and care about it.
  4. Hi CJ, stylus weight checked (with digital scales) at 2.00g, Anti Skate set to match at 2. (I'm guessing VTF is the same thing?)... Other than fiddling with the feet to set it level (in both directions) and popping the platter on there was nothing else to do. Rgds JB
  5. Cheers Peter, if indeed there is an issue... I'm not ruling out "Pilot Error" yet! JB
  6. So, it got me wondering about Phono stages and what people in here are using for their MC cartridges...?
  7. Thanks Chaps, and thanks to Peter for getting in touch so rapidly! Have physically checked the phono board and it is definitely configured for MC. General consensus does point to the phono stage, to quote Peter it was indeed "singing its little heart out" in the shop. Next step is to try a different phono stage... wonder if anyone else is using the phono stage in their ADSM, how does it compare to streamed music? JB