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  1. Very nice - 1000VA too according to t'internet. Just the ticket for the diy constructor. Would buy if I didn't already have a variac. You could try offering it on PFM diy section but I doubt it will gather dust.
  2. Has to be a Miele. Consider a < £300 machine. How much did it cost to make? Where were corners cut? Broken down washing machines are almost as much as PITA as a broken down car. Buying a bottom of the range Miele means fewer frills but the same excellent engineering and materials. Listen to it running - what's that - you can't hear it?
  3. I think Arthur's got a winner here. I have just found this Youtube video which is very informative. It also shows how the Vector drive is applied to a Linn. If I didn't already own a vectored PT1 I would be very interested.
  4. I've accurately lubricated parts on my RTR deck with a syringe. They come with a squared off 'needle'.
  5. Has nobody on here owned or listened to one of these?
  6. Could anyone relate their experience of SQ with the original Border Patrol preamplifier (control unit) - the one without a power switch on the front of the case. What valves did it use and what changes were made on later models. It's not easy finding info on t'internet for the early BP products.
  7. Unfortunately it appears Serge has moved on to pastures new and no longer or very infrequently visits here. I doubt a PM would be answered. Can anyone suggest tools for R2R calibration and alignment? Does anyone have any gear they no longer use?
  8. Having found a new way to spend money on hifi - by way of reel to reel ownership - I now need some test gear. Anyone got one of these - perhaps with the partnering unit ATU1?
  9. Before I buy new, I'd like to see if anyone has a pair of Mogami 3103/3104 made up or a length of unused cable. I have some scope for asymmetric cable lengths. Will need some 8M or preferably more in total. Will consider alternative types of Mogami.
  10. Thanks but I have found some stands now. Will close the advert.
  11. Unfortunately they are too short. I need stands that are 26-28 inches 66-71cm
  12. Thanks. Will consider those. I would particularly like the Something Solid stands if I can get a pair though it's a long shot.
  13. Stands must be tall - 26-28 inches 66-71cm. Prefer Something Solid Also looking for DNM cable 5M
  14. Yes, I think they must if the weight of the psu is anything to go on!
  15. Postscript - I realised that the Peak DCA 55 wasn't the best tool for the job. The hFE/voltage characteristics are different for the PNP and NPN transistors. Although the design is quite forgiving of mismatch, the best performance comes from closely matched gain in particular circuit locations. The DCA Pro can measure at 9V which is closer to the operating voltage.
  16. I was wondering if anyone here has experienced the combination of BP SE300b with Ref 3a products. I've read that the De Capo is borderline in sensitivity with some 300b SE amps. Maybe the BP choke input psu would make a difference. I like what I have read about Ref 3a - in particular their capabilities with rendering acoustic/jazz/vocal. My listening would rarely be at high volume.
  17. Yes looks good. On the BP - I think the price is normal for a SE300B with ext psu which is the usual one that comes up. I know they did an even earlier one on an all metal chassis. Having the psu remote has definite benefits.
  18. They have added a note about the psu being integral. Looks overpriced to me.
  19. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/282727451714?ul_noapp=true Emporium are selling this at the usual sort of price but look carefully at the construction.
  20. I have bought an unwanted group buy for the Paradise off a German owner. It's quite a project. I'll start with the pre-regulator and then very carefully assemble the regulator/amp boards after checking the gain of the relevant transistors with my Peak DCA 55. The seller told me they are closely matched. Hopefully I can call for assistance on the diy-audio forum if I get into trouble. I have the Pearl 2 currently which is good. I think the Paradise is possibly one the best performing phono amplifiers that you can build if it's assembled correctly.
  21. I wouldn't know. I can't stand more than a couple of seconds.
  22. Adele or the opening bars of East Enders = change channel /switch off immediately.
  23. I would go for the Digi+Pro if I were you. There's not much in it price wise. Be prepared to learn some Linux though because the forum members expect you to have some knowledge if things go wrong.