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Non-Smoking Man

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Non-Smoking Man last won the day on June 13 2019

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About Non-Smoking Man

  • Rank
    Veteran Wammer
  • Birthday 14/05/1949

Personal Info

  • Location
    Chichester W. Sussx.
  • Real Name
    Jack lambert

Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
    TD124, 401, Cran Roc
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Act0.5, Shilabe
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Iota Signature
  • Digital Source 1
  • Digital Source 2
  • DAC
  • Integrated Amp
  • Pre-Amp
    Ayre Evolution
  • Power Amp/s
    300B, Cary, Monarchy
  • My Speakers
    Jantzen TQWT
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Ive done 3 Wam Taxis now Jules, totalling 1800 miles, and I havent broken anything yet..! Jack NSM
  2. I'm a longterm Cranfield Rock user. Ive had 3 and still own 2, out of the 106 built. This original Rock has come up against a few competitors in its time e'g., 2 different SP10s, and a couple of correctly modded Thorens TD124s (one mine and one that I used to own, but which went to a mate). In all cases the arm and carts were ballpark similar in price and quality. All 3 decks were in the same class, with only marginal differences, in terms of sound quality. As we all know, there's a belt drive (Rock), idler (though its part belt driven) and direct drive there. In a (Lurch) bake off, my Cran Rock was pitted against a Garrard 401 and a 'Vinyl Passioned' LP12, again with similar arm and cart, and, of course, common partnering equipment, except for the unusual stipulation each owner paired their front end with their own phono stage. In a split decision the Rock edged it. I agree with the view that its how you partner the turntable that is important - but that's widely accepted. The snag with suspended belt drives is the belt tension tends to drag the platter out of position in playback; the problem with idlers is the motor is connected with rim of the platter internally and passes motor vibration to the platter (and thence to the record) (partially excepted is the TD124; and the problem inherent with DDs is cogging, the constant assessment and correction of speed. The latter requires a good servo, which David Cawley claims is present in the Technics, but few others. I have a Valhalla'd LP12 with an Ekos arm available now and my mate Martin Ware, Jessica Kinchin and myself are going to have some fun with it. We will see how it fares against the available opposition, including the aforementioned and my current number 1 - an Acoustic Signature Challenger 1 (belt-drive). Jury is out on the AS until i get a known arm and cart on it. At the moment its sporting a 14" DIY unipivot w/o bias and a mono Decca Gold. Jack NSM
  3. Thanks everyone for your contributions - very valuable if not all of it followed on this occasion. The big Skoda looks a candidate, I must say. Ive plumped fro a Honda CR-V. Its got the V-Tec 2L petrol engine that performed so well in the outgoing Honda Tourer, so I'm ULEZ compliant. Its fairly local and drove well in a test drive. Its a 2004, 167K miles, Navy Blue, manual model and we agreed £1300. Take delivery soon. My decision to change from the estate was forced when I reversed into a grassy bank in a tortuous unkept driveway and broke off the backbox. Buggar! But every cloud has a silver lining and the CR-V is better suited to my current needs. Drawbacks - less loading capacity and not a flat loading bay; bonus - 4WD for that testing driveway.. Jack
  4. The next Wam Taxi is taking shape.. These are the meeting up spots so far: Deliver Reel to Reel tape decks x2 to Audio Al @ most convenient M1 Services (hopefully one with a connection (Bridge) between North and Southbound). M1 Junction 25 for Karma's wall shelf (collect); Logic DM101 collect Coventry (to be confirmed by Jag); S.W. London - delivery of my Promitheus passive to Jazid; Coventry - collect Logic DM101 for Jag; Diffusers (from the Joolz collection) to Tim (Spider) Chesterfield; Collect Tron Convergence from Chop (pour moi) in Wetton (think that's right - its in a pm anyway) SW of Birmingham; Room for more! Looks like W. Yorkshire is the northernmost destination so far (daughter's abode). Jack NSM PS From the Joolz collection I have on demo at my flat in Chichester, his Plinius SA250 MK1V. Its unmarked and can be heard driving Martin Logan Summits (great match) or my Jantzen TQWTs ( 2 way floorstander, child's play for the Plinius). It would be ideal if I could find a buyer for this monster so I can have it on board. Or, I could bring it with me and demonstrate it to an interested party in their own system. It has XLR and RCA inputs.
  5. The Unisis is a prime candidate for my own Wam Taxi service due to make a run up North w/end 5/6 Febuary. A reasonable deposit would secure and balance on delivery. This is a compact item but its very weighty. I cannot see any way this could get up and down the country to a new owner without such personal service. As a concession I would waive the normal share of petrol that you might expect to pay. Now its been recapped and rebiased this amp will give long service to the new owner and it sounds fab. Jack NSM
  6. Thanks Myles. BTW, Brook was kind enough to do the David Bailey stuff for me, but in removing the tubes for cleaning (yes, they all went back in the right place!) he seems to have left a couple a bit wonky . Just to say they DO sit straight. Jack
  7. As we all know the injury-hit Ravens didnt make it to the playoffs. Several of their games were narrow defeats, but there's no room for excuses in this tough game. You all know the teams that have got to the playoffs already, and there is a bunch of games being played in the next 24 hours. Im a punter as well as an enthusiast and I think i have placed a value bet just now - the 49ers to beat the Dallas Cowboys.The key to this game is the San Francisco defensive line which is brutal and will not give Zak Prescott, the Dallas QB, any peace. He will not get the protection he needs to through the ball well and may throw interceptions as a result. I took 2.5, i.e., 6/4. Last season I backed Dallas against a struggling team (forget which) and he was crap - his handling and throwing was awful. It was later reported that he hated playing in the rain (it rained heavily throughout) because he couldnt grip the ball. If weather conditions are poor, either due to the cold or the rain, I'm doubling my bet. The Cards could upset the Rams. Looking forward to seeing the next few games - its all on the line! Jack
  8. Originally this particular amp may have had a phono stage (hence the confusion over the sockets) but it was removed in the course of the factory mods asked for by the previous owner. That's my impression. In any event it is an integrated without a phono stage. Jack Btw, re Brook's comments - the Kinshaw is sold.
  9. Trumpet - message received. Thankyou.. Jack
  10. I wont be adding to the burgeoning throng downstairs, but I'll be upstairs and mingling on the 'patio' (concrete slab) with the smokers et. al. But what I will be doing, and I imagine Lurch will welcome it, is to make available for demonstration one of the first pieces of equipment to emerge from Joolz's cache, and for which I'm responsible: a gorgeous Plinius SA 250, which is the desirable MK1V (excellent choice there Julian!). Speccing at 250 watts per channel and conspicuously able to drive low impedance loads, this beast is ideally suited to driving Lurch's Martin Logans. (Were it BLACK mein host might well have been interested himself. However, its plain old silver.) It is, of course, in principle, for sale and I'll chance my arm on the basis of a glimpse of its capabilities a few of us have had already, that it will do itself justice at this bake off, clearing the way for a sale for Joolz's estate and widow, Cathy. Just need Lurch's OK to drop it down to his listening room on the day.. See you there lady and gentlemen! Jack NSM
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