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About MotherSky

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  • Turn Table
    JVC TT-71;DIY plinth
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    DIY Hadcock / MMIII
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    on board LS100
  • Digital Source 1
    Modwright Pioneer
  • Digital Source 2
    Auralic Aries Femto
  • DAC
    Aqua La Voce S3
  • Pre-Amp
    Modwright LS100
  • Power Amp/s
    Sugden Musicmaster
  • My Speakers
    AN-e SPe HE
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Just missed the boat on ordering some at the end of last year - production is apparently suspended until further notice - I think the chap is moving workshops - I have been back in touch with Deco recently, and no news so far..
  2. I've had no luck so far, but if I manage to acquire/order a set of Something Solid stands for my AN-Es, my AN stands will be available - MH
  3. A question I have only just got a proper answer to - it is actually a Vestax DD turntable that I rebuilt myself some years ago and had somehow completely forgotten about - so it will have a DC motor and should be fine using 60hz at the correct voltage - I should have made certain of my facts before posting... happy to be corrected if I have missed anything, but I think I'm safe in recommending a simple step up transformer - MH
  4. Does anyone know of a reasonably affordable single device that will allow the use of a 240v/50hz turntable in the US? The motor is less than 100watts, so it doesn't need anything heavy duty, but I'm trying to find a single device that converts both voltage and frequency - this is for a budget setup belonging to a relative, and no audiophile credentials are required, just something decently made and ideally under $150 - all the products I can find are aimed at using your hairdryer etc - links to something suitable would be massively appreciated - MH
  5. They look very nice, but sadly way too high and narrow - my current (AN) stands are 380w x 290d x 280h - I think a fair few sets were sold specifically made to fit the AN-Es, but I must say I'm struggling to think of a reason anyone would have a pair for sale sans speakers - according to the chaps at Deco Audio, these stands may be available again at some point, possibly not the XFs, but a new design (?) - I should probably just be more patient - MH
  6. Seems a little unlikely, but has anyone got a pair of Something Solid AN-E stands they want to part with? I just missed the boat on ordering a set at the back end of last year, and there's no sign as yet of production being restarted - happy to arrange collection/pay a fair price - any pointers in tracking down a pair also appreciated - MH
  7. Blimey, I'm not sure you'll get many takers - I struggled my way through the Prolegomena when I was a teenager, and it didn't exactly encourage me to tackle the whole thing at the time... these days the closest I get to philosophy is probably my copy of "The Dao of Pooh"
  8. Given the "wild west" approach to branding/copyright etc, it's a total lottery as to what you'll end up with - if you want to experiment with ICs on the cheap, DIY is the way to go - some of the pro audio wiring makes excellent interconnects, generally under a tenner per metre - or have a look at hifi collective - I've recently acquired a quantity of Duelund cable to experiment with, which has a superb reputation at relatively trivial cost - alternatively, invest in some Deoxit D5 and properly clean all your existing connections - I would suggest that would make more of a positive difference t
  9. Is anyone able to recommend a decent second hand projector to look out for? I am looking to get rid of our Panasonic plasma to free up wall space - we just want to be able to watch the occasional film (generally streamed from Amazon/Netflix) - no interest in 4k/UHD and the like, no interest in TV, no requirement for built in speakers (will run a line out to my pre) - I would like something with good picture quality onto a 72" pull down screen, and it must have autofocus - just looking for a starting point at the moment, as this is not something that has high priority for me - I was hoping I m
  10. This subject was covered recently on the Aqua owner's thread - the main issue isn't the particular cable used - this can be overcome with a spot of custom wiring - it is that there are (if I understand it correctly) two distinct protocols for I2s, and they're not mutually compatible - PC cards like the Pink Faun can be configured for either - in theory this could be done with RPI, otherwise you would need to know which system it uses, and find a DAC that does the same. I must dig out my P1a/P3a some time - fantastic piece of kit - MH
  11. My MMIII came with a standard (crappy) Grado stylus guard that was shaped as you describe - it was my understanding that all Mr Gregory's carts had the same geometry, but I am not familiar with your (much swankier) variant - the aftermarket ones are all a simple "U" shape, and less prone to breaking - I haven't had a guard on mine for a couple of years now... 😬
  12. £16 for two? seems like a rip, but I've never had any luck trying to get one from Grado - there's an American after market one as well, but that's even pricier https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pair-Of-Stylus-Needle-Guard-Protector-For-Grado-Prestige-Series/283723992268?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180213162448%26meid%3D416a75ff76d4441bb8273fc7e45a5531%26pid%3D100930%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D303439008008%26itm%3D283723992268%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2332490%26algv%3DDefaultOrganic%26brand%3DUnbranded&_trksid=p2332490.c100930.m5375
  13. https://www.missinglinkcables.co.uk/ex-dem- Missing Link have got one new in the box if you feel like treating yourself
  14. http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/8008-CORNER.htm This is the other option I was considering - the second hand value of the TG kits actually seems pretty good - maybe because there's a decent amount of obvious intrinsic value in the parts - MH
  15. I went through this exact thought process last year - did quite a lot of research into cabinet construction, priced up decent veneers, top quality birch ply etc - and even without factoring in my time, I came to the conclusion that a second hand pair of proper AN-Es made far more financial sense - I have no idea to what degree final matching of drivers/cabs/crossovers actually makes, but that is certainly presented as a key part of the production process that would be practically impossible to replicate - s/h value of kit builds is therefore rubbish, irrespective of build quality (cabinet maki
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