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montesquieu

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About montesquieu

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    Renaissance Wammer
    Junior Wammer
  • Birthday 04/05/1961

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  • Location
    Bracknell, UK
  • Real Name
    Tom

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  • Turn Table
    Schopper'd TD124
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Glanz 10in/12in, MSL
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Allnic HA5000/H7000V
  • Digital Source 1
    Audio Note CDT2/II
  • DAC
    Souped up AN kit DAC
  • Pre-Amp
    Audiopax Model 5
  • Power Amp/s
    Radford STA100
  • My Speakers
    RFC Canterbury
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. You just got beaten to it I'm afraid. On hold for collection tomorrow.
  2. Don't have Facebook and probably won't at this stage, but thanks for the suggestion. Reason for offering here is that I had it made specifically as a hifi rack and it works really well for that purpose.
  3. No it came properly built up, it was never flat pack - proper construction by a firm of joiners.
  4. I've been hanging onto this for a while but I really don't need it any more and the wife is asking me to get it out of the kitchen where it's kind of been doubling as a place to put thing - of course it's attracting lots of stuff, which the wife considers 'clutter' (I hesitate to remind her that most of the stuff was put there by her, under the guise of 'tidying up'. Some arguments are really not worth getting into). Anyway it's high time it reverted to its original purpose as a hifi rack. I had this made for me by Funky Chunky Furniture in Jarrow. I liked their furniture so much that as my kit started to sprawl a bit, got them to make my current rack which is quite a lot wider, has two shelves rather than one, and is in three pieces, otherwise it would be too heavy. This one is made of pine, stained in walnut. It could of course be stripped back to pine and waxed, or re-stained or even painted in whatever colour you prefer. It's 140cm wide x 44cm deep (depth chosen as useful for turntables or other components). Overall height is 43cm and the internal space is 31cm. I find it works superbly as a hifi rack as it's very high mass and you don't need to worry about vibrations/resonance in the same way as you do with metal racks or more flimsy wooden ones. Collection only from Bracknell area, and it won't necessarily go to the first person who replies, I'd prefer it go to someone who can pick it up right away (preferably today or tomorrow) in a hatchback or estate car, as opposed to someone who asks me to hang onto it for four months while they figure out how to get it to theirs 150 miles away by train. Some crappy pictures of when I used it as my main rack, going back a few years. I'll see if I can take a picture of it on its own later today.
  5. Odd WTB this, I was just in touch with J7 at Audio Origami, his old microscope has given up the ghost and he's not able to do cartridge inspections any more. Anyone know of any other UK-based individual able to provide this service? (With photos). I have a cartridge I'm not using much that I'm pondering selling, which I will do if the tip is in the good condition I expect it to be. In which case it would be useful to have some photos to prove the condition. If it's not as I expect it to be then I'll need to decide a different course of action, possibly back to the manufacturer. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  6. The youtube videos on the unique coil mechanism on this cartridge are worth a watch - the principle was to emulate the operation (in reverse obvs) of an LP cutter-head. Bear in mind this is not a mass-produced cartridge, but made in small numbers by the man himself, an evolution of the Allnic Puritas which goes back nearly 20 years.
  7. ON HOLD PENDING PAYMENT I just have too many cartridges in the stable at the moment, and the arrival of a Murasakino Sumile is the final straw - something has to give. Which has left me with the near-impossible task of deciding which cartridge to sell. Sadly, I’ve decided this has to be my Allnic Rose. I’m not going to babble on except to say that the review I wrote here for another forum if anything understates the case. I have found it particularly suited to classical music and jazz. It’s just back from South Korea where I sent it for a checkover before sale, it had a small suspension adjustment and took a whole three weeks to travel there, be worked on, and come back which is pretty marvellous compared to the turnaround time at some other high-end cartridge-makers. I have had it around 18 months but given it’s shared a box with (among other cartridges and at various times) the Sumile, a MySonicLab Hyper Eminent, a Miyajima Madake, an Audio Note Io2, a Fidelity Research FR7, an Ikeda 9TT and several SPUs as well as a clutch of high-end mono cartridges from MSL and Miyajima, it hasn’t had much use at all. Comes with the original boxes, and it now has a stylus guard which wasn’t available when it was first released. It sounds pretty fab into my Allnic HA5000 head amp and H7000V (as you’d expect) but it’s a pretty mainstream MC cartridge at 0.4mv/9ohms and mid-compliance rather than low compliance, at a dynamic compliance of 10 x 10-6 measured at 100hz (so in practical terms at 10hz, probably closer to 14)… very straightforward to fit with its top-down bolts, and easy to dial in with its mostly straight sides. I’m looking for £1450 for this gem shipped RMSD in the UK, UK retail is £2650. A couple of reviews: https://www.audiophilia.com/reviews/2020/7/27/sigmanallnicrose http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0521/Allnic_Rose_Moving_Coil_Phono_Cartridge_Review.htm
  8. Really good arms these I had one for a while on SPU duty. The sliding weight on the arm tube allows you to fine-tune VTF without mucking about with the main weight at the rear. With the slider all the way back towards the pivot, the notional stated 20g effective mass (perfect for SPU, Denon 103 and other low compliance cartridges) can be reduced by quite a few grammes, making it suitable for more mainstream medium compliance cartridges too. AT10005 MkII is the domestic version of the ATP12T, a professional broadcast tonearm seen on man Japanese broadcast versions of the SP10. Apart from a slightly shorter spindle to pivot distance (proper 9in rather than 9 1/2) the main difference to the ATP12T is that it has anti-skating which the pro arm doesn't ... I guess the ATP12T was mainly used at high tracking forces that made anti-skate unnecessary.
  9. I did this - the side by side thing between the Degritter and a Loricraft PRC6 - for a while - but found for really dirty charity shop type stuff a couple of runs through (the first put aside until I was planning to change the water) before a clean with fresh water did the job, without needing to keep and maintain two different cleaning machines. I sold the Loricraft after a while. I found that the Degritter worked superbly using distilled water and a few drops of the surfactant they provide, but even better with a small amount of ethyl alcohol in the tank, though I found you don't really require the full 5% you'd use in a home-made vaccum cleaner mix. I would expect this new US cleaner to similarly benefit from both surfactant and alcohol in the mix. Personally I think the Degritter is superb - I got one on the original Beta programme must be five years ago now. I think there were about 20 of us ... I recall paying £1800 so not really a huge saving over the original new price of just over £2k but they took tester feedback really seriously and I was sent three different machines in total, beta 1, beta 2 and finally a production machine. The way they provide additional control and functionality through software updates is really cool. I have found the team in Estonia uber-responsive to comments and suggestions and I really felt like I was genuinely collaborating in its development. I sought them out at the last Munich show in 2019 and was greeted like an old friend - very nice experience. I now routinely clean everything at least once as it comes in the door, or as it comes up for play if it hasn't been done on the Degritter. I just didn't do that with the much more hands-on Loricraft or the Keith Monks I had for a while. As for my old Moth, that was so noisy and unpleasant to use that I probably only got it out once or twice a year - for convenience there's no comparison. When I had my Beta 2 machine I got the chance to borrow an Audiodesk and ran them side by side for a few months. They are actually pretty alike in cleaning quality, though I thought the Degritter had the edge. (It's also a bit quieter). All three Degritters including the production machine I've had for three years now have been rock solid reliable, only once needing the software reloaded after it got corrupted in an aborted switch-on - otherwise 100%. This is not something that can be said for the Audiodesk which have been plagued with reliability issues and hefty repair charges. Just remember to change the water and clean/change the filter regularly and it's a wonderful bit of kit. There is a bit of whinging online about the price of the Degritter but in my view, for the convenience of hitting one button and 10mins later (and not too noisily) you have a pristine record, it's worth every penny. I use it pretty much daily.
  10. I had one of these in the dim and distant past, fondly remembered .. Israeli-made, US-sourced Hammond transformers if I recall correctly. Lovely with the right speakers.
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