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  1. Superb example of an original Alnico magnet SL-15E - this is essentially an Ortofon SPU in terms of design principles, but higher compliance (reflecting changing fashions of tonearm design of the time, in particular relating to the needs of bouncy turntables with lightweight tonearms, along the lines of thel LP12, AR etc. Uses an Alnico magnet (same as earlier SPU). Eliptical stylus. Specifications: 0.025mV, 2 ohm impedance, dynamic compliance 25 x 10-6 dyne. Standard half-inch mount fits any normal headshell. Offered at £275 including RMSD in UK. I also have the matching external step-up transformer for this cartridge, the STM-72, this is designed specifically to match the SL-15E's relatively low output and has a high output ratio. It will work quite happily also with the Ortofon SPU on offer in my other sales thread as well as the SL-15E. I used it successfully also with Audio Note Io and Fidelity Research FR-7. SUT priced at £160 including RMDS, or £400 including RMSD for the pair. Included with the cartridge at £275.
  2. Absolutely stunning example of an Ortofon SPU-G. This is an original Alnico magnet SPU (not a post 1990s reissue), with spherical stylus (original). The original Alnico magnetic material in early SPUs are what give them that wonderful organic but dynamic performance. The spherical stylus should be of particular interest to connoisseurs of 1960s and 1970s classic rock and jazz as well as early stereo classical recordings. Specifications: 0.22mV output, 2 ohm impedance, dynamic compliance 8 x 10-6. Standard SME/Ortofon-type headshell mount. Offered at £475 including RMSD in UK.
  3. Built using a pair of Partridge 973a. These have a 1:16 ratio, which is ideal for a wide range of MC cartridges. It gives a useful bit more gain than the usual 1:10 suspects, but leaves a touch more headroom than 1:20. With a standard 47k MM phono stage, 1:16 gives an effective load on the cartridge of 183 ohms. This is perfect for many, but it’s simple to add a parallel resistor (56k in parallel on the output of the SUT would give you almost exactly 100 ohms). I polished the transformers years ago to tidy it up a bit, but I’ve just re-cased and re-wired it to make it pretty. The case is a standard alloy job and compact, with an 11 x 12 cm footprint. Gold-plated phono sockets. Standard grounding post and a good-quality ground lift switch. Internal wiring is nicely foo, with Neotech UP-OCC copper/silver for all the signal stuff. All silver-soldered, of course. The Partridge SUTs are getting rarer and their reputation is justified. They wipe the floor with many modern (and more expensive) SUTs and they're within a gnat’s hair of my Hashimoto, which is saying something. A nicely ‘open’ sound, excellent frequency response and lovely mids. I’ll kick myself for getting rid of this, but it’s just gathering dust and it’s a criminal waste not to be using it. Plus, I’m starting to drown under the sheer volume of stuff I’ve accumulated. Yours for £350 including Special Delivery. Collection from East Mids welcome. No offers this time please, the transformers alone go for not much less and you’ll just give me a reason to keep it In case it isn't obvious, phono stage, cables, rack, walls, carpet, etc. not included.
  4. https://resistormag.com/features/devon-turnbull-old-school-hi-fi-influencer/ Enjoyed this article from a chap who rediscovered the joys of old school speaker design and amplifiers and writes passionately about what is brings to the music experience. Think alright to post... Mods let me know if I messed up.
  5. Some of you may have read on here that our house sale fell through and as we need to get to immigrate to be with elderly parents we will rent out our home instead. Sadly this means that we need to raise funds for the move and some hifi and musical items very reluctantly need to be sold. You may have also read that I love this IO 1 cartridge and it was my destination cartridge. I only bought it secondhand late last year with c100 hours on it but it had a problem with the suspension so I sent it to Audio Note to do a complete refurbishment. But Audio Note said that they only needed to adjust the suspension as the cartridge sounded especially good and had a lot of life left in it. Since the refurbishment the cartridge has only been played for 1 hour as I have a channel balance problem with my arm. (Audio Note also re-fitted the tags on my Audio Note Arm 2/2 but applied too much solder to one cable and so the capacitance is incorrect on one channel and it needs re-doing. Once the tags are re-fitted post August I might be selling the arm as well) Am also selling an Audio Note AN S2 SUT. It's best to use an Audio Note SUT with the IO due to the low output of this cartridge. Please see the photos. I have more and can do more high resolution ones for the cartridge if needed. Both are in great condition. One thing to point out about the SUT is that it was missing one 'foot' when I bought it. Audio Note sent me another one but it was the wrong size. I spoke to Peter Q the other day and he told me that Audio Note are not really open for business until August so you could get another one, if important, when they are open again. I would really like to sell these together or would sell the IO separately once the SUT is sold. Bearing in mind that Audio Note have done the refurb and the condition of these items looking for £1,600. I believe that the cartridge retails for c£3,000 and the SUT c£1,000. We are due to leave the UK on 20th July. After this date postage will be a lot more as it will be sent from Portugal. You could collect from Teddington TW11 or I can post Royal Mail. I have the original box for the SUT and will pack both very well. Am selling other stuff so please look out for other items. Thanks Dom
  6. Selling a Luxman MT-88 step up transformer on behalf of a friend. It's in perfect working order and cosmetically unblemished. Specs below. I believe it is a 1:20 ratio. No box but will be very well packaged. He's looking for £700 delivered by RM Special Delivery to UK. Specs |System|LR independent autotransformer| |Core Type|Toroidal| |Core Material|Nano-crystal soft magnetic material| |Coil|OFC and shellac varnish impregnation| |Gain|26dB| |Frequency Response|10Hz ~ 100KHz (+0, – 0dB)| |Total Harmonic Distortion|0.050% (100Hz), 0.003% (1KHz and 10KHz)| |Channel Separation/Deviation|Above 98dB/within 0.1dB| |Input Impedance|3Ω| |Output Impedance|2KΩ| |Load Impedance|Above 47KΩ| |Dimensions|3.5” (W) x 3.3” (H) x 9.4” (D)| |Weight|4 lbs.|
  7. Here for sale is a pair of the legendary Hashimoto HM3 SUTs which need no introduction. They have been built into a very nice compact aluminium box by the excellent chaps at Deco Audio. The box has a small nick on one side as per final photo. The SUTs have been very well shielded which results in a totally quiet, hum free operation. There is a switch at the back of the unit which offers two settings for cartridge matching - 1) 1:20, 26dB gain, for 7-40 Ohm cartridges. Loading is around 100-110 Ohms with MM stage - perfect for most low output moving coil carts, such as Audio Technica, Denon, Ortofon, Lyra, Koetsu, etc. 2) 1:40, 32dB gain, for 2-7 Ohm cartridges, loading of around 30 Ohms. £600, no offers please, payment by PayPal gift or cash on collection from Highgate, London. Shipping available at cost.
  8. I've got a Quad 34 with built-in MM phono stage, it was running fine with a HO MC and I should have left it alone I was lent a LO MC and SUT and in honesty, in this system, I preferred the cheap and cheerful 'pick-it' cart over the rather tasty Saec cart. This might be as much to do with compliance, the arm is light and the Saec MC is a heavy lump so the counterweight sits right at the back of the arm. Anyway, the issue/problem. I now need to return the SUT but can't go back to the HO cart as I dropped and broke it, leaving me with a MM phono and MC cart and not a lot of money. Solution 1 Get hold of a quad 34 MC board. I've seen them go on flebay for £20ish but not for a while, the only ones now are £50. How good a stage is the 34 MC? Worth hanging on for? Solution 2 Buy a cheap SUT or head amp? From experience, SUT's can be easy to get right and easy to get wrong, what can I really expect for sub £100? Option 3 Pick up a cheap phono stage with MC like a phonobox se, cambridge etc. With an entry level newr stage outperform a quad 34 board? Option 4 Try and source another sub £100 HO MC? It's only the 2nd system, however I seem to spend more time listening in this room than the main one especially as we come into summer it's the system I'll be using. Swapping phono's, TT's or carts isn't an option, I don't want to disturb the main room. Thanks in advance
  9. I am offering for sale my Living Voice SUT. I used to use this with my Definitive modified Art Audio Vinyl One to very good effect and believe its step up ratio is 1:10. If it helps I have used this SUT + the Vinyl One with a Dynavector Karat, Transfiguration Phoenix (old version), vdH MC One Special and my current vdH Black Beauty all without any problems whatsoever. Price is £250 including p&p and payment by bank transfer please.
  10. Supex SDT 1000, excellent condition, a couple of tiny marks. A superb step up but I've bought a posh audio note SUT to match my io, so this may as well go. Sounds great with the io and matches with most vintage cartridges, such as Supex 900, 1000, 1100, 2200, Koetsu, Kiseki, Dynavector Karat, Ortofon etc. Some spec from the web. Adaptable impedance of the cartridge*:*1.5 - 10ohms Load Resistance*: 47K ohms Step-up ration*: 1 : 100(40dB) Frequency Response*: 10 - 60,000Hz + 0 / - 0.8dB Dimemsion*: W110 X D73 X H50 MM £250 inc UK delivery.
  11. Thought I would share some thoughts on my experiences with SUTs. Despite having had phono stages that support both MM and MC, I have ended up preferring the sound of my MC carts via SUT into the MM setting. I usually find that a well matched SUT brings an extra level of refinement and removal of grain compared to using the MC settings. They also reduce the background noise compared to using active gain. However it can sometimes prove a difficult exercise finding a good match between SUT and cart. I have found that a badly matched SUT can destroy the dynamics of an MC cart. It also doesn't help that I find the theory and calculations somewhat bewildering, so usually default to manufacturer recommendations where available. Also hard bitten experience and word of mouth recommendations are most valuable. A fellow wammer once suggested the absurdly cheap HFN Black Head SUT for the AT OC-9 as this was a combo he found worked well many years ago. And after a quick trawl and low cost purchase on ebay, so it proved, the Black Head bringing a creamy but expressive smoothness to the top end of the OC-9 ML2. But in the main, my best results have come from using a SUT designed for the cart. For example, the Auditorium A23 brought the best out of a Denon 103. Similarly I have also found that the inexpensive Audio Technica 630/650 from the 1980s work well with the AT33PTG2, a cart not dissimilar to the AT32E and AT33E that were the natural partners of these two SUTs when new. I once owned a nice Shelter cart which I was never able to get good results from. Only once I heard it with a high quality multi-adjustable S&B SUT did I realise how good a cart it was. However I also had to accept that I would not be able to afford the required SUT so I ended up selling the cart. But despite the potential pitfalls, I have never had to spend a lot to get a good result as there are some good used bargains to be had. And of course being an entirely passive device SUTs dont break down so present a low risk used purchase, that can always be sold on at little or no loss. So if you are tempted, I would say give it a go. But do your research first on the specifications needed for your cart, or alternatively (like me) just seek help from a more knowledgable wammer!
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