Down in Devon

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    Now Up Norf
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  • Turn Table
    Lenco B51
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Miyajima 0/Axia
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Mono & HM7/AA V1 Ref
  • Digital Source 1
    Modded Apple Mac Min
  • DAC
    Weiss DAC 202
  • Pre-Amp
    Arcadia Model 2
  • Power Amp/s
    BP20 (SJS Moded)
  • My Speakers
    Trenner & Friedl
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Ive tried a few different valves in the V1, personally like Mullards (M8137)-warmer more 3D or Telefunkens-cooler more detail though a pain to source either of these now as NOS is often not... If you have Hovlands (yellow caps) in it then you've done well as they are impossible to source now and make a very worthwhile improvement. Unless very different from mine/normal I don't think they are big-just normal case sized?
  2. Some lovely photos of Simon's stuff here. Ive one of two Model 2 pre amps that Simon made around 2013 with 6H30Pi valves. It basically is a model 2 but without the stunning copper case...(the internal mounts are copper though). Ive though of changing the casing but since it would be inaudible it does seem hard to justify. Simon also rebuilt my Border Patrol P20 a few years ago, pretty much a full rebuild of the signal side of things. Whilst I was there I had the chance to compare my model 2 with a later model 1 (6111wa valves) and also a rare one off tx coupled (model 1) version. Simon is a great guy and I have to say since then Ive not been very interested in changing amps!
  3. If its of any use I have a Lenco B51 in a slate plinth which I put for sale a little time ago. Its a DIY effort (from an engineer) and has a fair few mods including filling all the voids of the top plate, new massive brass bearing etc etc... I asked for interest at £575 and had a few bites but no sale...
  4. Item already sold I am afraid, great transformers-highly recommended.
  5. FYI these have the same transformers as the EMIA units at a considerable saving...
  6. Despite sounded great with Darren's Ikeda (which isn't really a great match) this is still for sale... Would be a great present for Christmas for the discerning IO user!
  7. Sorry Dom I didn't see this....It was designed for use with an IO cartridge. There are a set of RCA plugs which load the primaries of the transformers so you can load it with resistors to make it useable with other cartridges, but it sounds best without these (and with an IO)...
  8. Had the pleasure of trying this with an Ikeda 9TT the other day and it sounded stunning...
  9. Timestep T612 for sale complete with SME type base. These are the more normal (Jelco) geometry versions of the Groovemaster 12 which Timestep have been involved with. Various positive reviews about And further info on the Timestep website. Im looking for around £1200 and would prefer a local sale (I'm based near Ashbourne). Its in its original box so postage possible. IMG_4523 by Mike Adams, on Flickr[/IMG] IMG_4524 by Mike Adams, on Flickr IMG_4525 by Mike Adams, on Flickr
  10. Still available.... Ive tried with my Axia and it is very nice with a slightly different tonal balance to the HM7s... If you haven't heard of Dave check out his HiFi Heroin site...These transformers are as good as you get!
  11. Ive had a few PMs but nothing definitive...Considered much better than ANS3 this would be a great upgrade for any IO owners with an entry level SUT... With the loading plugs in they are a bit more flexible and I know previous owners have found them better than HM7s/Ortofon T5000.
  12. Dave Slagle Copper SUT L1010482 by US transformer maker made these bespoke transformers designed for Audio Note IO type MC cartridges. This was cased up by (bespoke plinth maker) Bob Cusworth for a well known dealer. It has a loading plug which allows a fair bit more flexibility and has been used to good effect with a variety of MC type cartridges. It is really good, and gives everything under the all silver S8/9 Jap S9 types a run for their money, I had hoped to try with an IO but other projects are needing funds hence this is up for sale. Looking for £875 meet up or collection preferred, but PnP possible (£25)
  13. I think that the Diavolo is pretty special when used with WE 300b...If I had more sensitive speakers I would have kept it... The Vinyl One is pretty unbeatable. You can have different but I'm unconvinced ultimately better. Really responds to good caps and NOS valves...
  14. Ive had a few power amps....Quintet, Concerto and Diavolo. All great amps, fantastic sound and reliable... Currently have a vinyl one ref. Ive tried a few other phono amps (VIDA, SJS etc) and still have it.... Tom has been developing a Conductor phono now which sound great Id try one of these if funds allows?