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Here is a sample of what I found last few weeks. Classical is just a sample, I've got much more gems. But the pop is kinda meagre, well I think I know why. My local record store owner is skimming as I found out. But he knows only rock, pop etc. He knows little to nothing about classical. I don't really mind because I've know him since I was a little boy and all that time he runs the best recordstore in town. He doesn't really charge too much for 2ndH vinyl (€5-7 on avg). The 3 new LP's is all I bought new (White, Burial and Zomby) and I had to use them as a filler because 9 lp's is all I scored that are worth mentioning. And to show I don't only buy 'old geezer' stuff. cool.gif



Some of the 'pop' seems a little corny, but Vera Lynn can put Diana Krall etc in her place with almost the same repertoire. Jaques Brell I have been looking for for >30Y. A 'best of ' is easy but that's not what I want. Timy Yuro is awesome too, it's from 1962 and sounds great. So does Franky Lane (Rawhide, yiiiihaw!).
Many of the classical records were from a provincial phonotheque (lp-library) with great taste and many stickers and near mint. Some others are old and played. I give them the TLC they deserve, cleaning, destickering, mending, new inner sleeve when needed and the shine like new. If they are really battered I use woodglue to clean them and that gets the most out of them. A mono LP with lots of noise still manages to sound very good strangely enough because the music is in the middle going deep and the noise is from the sides.

It does pay to keep looking in old stuff.
Edited by ]eep - 9/22/14 at 7:19am

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post #3422 of 3429

Very nice haul!

 

Congratulations.

post #3423 of 3429
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Originally Posted by ]eep View Post

Here is a sample of what I found last few weeks. Classical is just a sample, I've got much more gems. But the pop is kinda meagre, well I think I know why. My local record store owner is skimming as I found out. But he knows only rock, pop etc. He knows little to nothing about classical. I don't really mind because I've know him since I was a little boy and all that time he runs the best recordstore in town. He doesn't really charge too much for 2ndH vinyl (€5-7 on avg). The 3 new LP's is all I bought new (White, Burial and Zomby) and I had to use them as a filler because 9 lp's is all I scored that are worth mentioning. And to show I don't only buy 'old geezer' stuff. cool.gif



Some of the 'pop' seems a little corny, but Vera Lynn can put Diana Krall etc in her place with almost the same repertoire. Jaques Brell I have been looking for for >30Y. A 'best of ' is easy but that's not what I want. Timy Yuro is awesome too, it's from 1962 and sounds great. So does Franky Lane (Rawhide, yiiiihaw!).
Many of the classical records were from a provincial phonotheque (lp-library) with great taste and many stickers and near mint. Some others are old and played. I give them the TLC they deserve, cleaning, destickering, mending, new inner sleeve when needed and the shine like new. If they are really battered I use woodglue to clean them and that gets the most out of them. A mono LP with lots of noise still manages to sound very good strangely enough because the music is in the middle going deep and the noise is from the sides.

It does pay to keep looking in old stuff.

Great selections ! 

 

Then again, you live perhaps in the most "vinyl infected" part of the world, where vinyl was never relegated strictly to second hand shops and has  co-existed with CD even in the days when CD was crushing everything in its wake. Over here, the last shops selling new vinyl in late 80's/early 90's have cleared whatever stocks remaining at ridiculously low prices - before it was too late to get any money for them at all. At least according to their reasoning.

 

And soon after, there was unfortunately more interesting RPG than RPM (of your records ) ...

post #3424 of 3429

Yet another collateral damage :

 

http://www.arche-headshell.de/

 

FIRST WARNING : this represents (one of ) the

most dedicated approach(es) to vinyl analog playback I have ever seen. For obvious reasons, prices are not published - but it is not for the faint at heart. Click above link at your own peril...

I wish I could afford gear of this calibre - and yes, some of the principles employed here are finally starting to adress the problems that have pleagued analog for ages.

I wish it could have been achieved with lesser and less costly means. Digesting the info available, how it was achieved, etc is interesting enough. Please try to avoid :

 .... but can it possibly be XY times better than my ( insert whatever you are using ) ... type comparisons. It is meant to be the best, regardless of price. Hopefully, in not too distant future, some of this technology will be able to trickle down to the level more people will be able to afford it . But even that will be select few, I am afraid. 

 

I car terms: top Ferrari looks quite plain in comparison ... - so please click on above link with that in mind; this is not for the beginner, nor for someone that can not afford it. It is obviously a lifelong work of art by an uncurable perfectionist - and if this is not your cup of tea, please just disregard it. To an inquisitive mind it can provide food for thought for quite some time to come - the videos are specially illuminating.

post #3425 of 3429
I did have a look at it but I can't find any prices. I suspect the arm will be between €5k an 10k? It looks kind of complicated (as in over- ) when I look at the headshell. Why not 1 pc with the armwand, much better and simpler and easier to control resonances. I can't get myself to look at the video. I'm moe into software atm, the flat and round kind. wink.gif Or square and thick to be precise. I found another nice boxset: Klemperer plays Mozart in 25 LP's NM. biggrin.gif I was so annoyed at missing Sym 25+40 (SAX22..) that I started looking for mozart klemperer 25 LP never expecting to find a big fat boxset at a decent price in Germany (low P&P).
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I did have a look at it but I can't find any prices. I suspect the arm will be between €5k an 10k? It looks kind of complicated (as in over- ) when I look at the headshell. Why not 1 pc with the armwand, much better and simpler and easier to control resonances. I can't get myself to look at the video. I'm moe into software atm, the flat and round kind. wink.gif Or square and thick to be precise. I found another nice boxset: Klemperer plays Mozart in 25 LP's NM. biggrin.gif I was so annoyed at missing Sym 25+40 (SAX22..) that I started looking for mozart klemperer 25 LP never expecting to find a big fat boxset at a decent price in Germany (low P&P).

The only price I did find was for the headshell - on another site. EUR 395 . Others must be in the "if you have to ask, you can't afford it " category. Cartridge is/will be limited edition - I forgot the exact number, it is around 200 IIRC. I gues everything else is more or less made to order.

 

You should both watch the video(s) and explore the site further. This man is simply incredible - and you can bet I did not enjoy reading about some concepts still "playing" in my mind as an idea already been put into reality. Hat off ! He can be accused of precision at any cost - but it would be interesting to compare his (over)complicated tonearm

with something more down to earth - same cartridge on both mounted on the same turntable, using a single stylus for both. Both measurements and subjective .

 

And yes, I should be hunting NM Klemperer boxed sets, too. 

 

Trouble is, after having acustomed to master DSD recordings, the defects analog disc playback has stand out as sore thumb. And the above mentioned guy seems to have the best cure - at a punishing price. 

 

Regarding the price for the arm : "current" "best" is Touraj's arm at some 35 K ( $ ). In that view, your predictions are a "bit" optimistic, I am afraid. Not that I approve or can even afford such prices, just sayin' where analog can bring you nowadays ...

 


Edited by analogsurviver - 9/25/14 at 6:28am
post #3427 of 3429

Talcum powder ...interesting.....I will have to give this a try.Just put a new belt on my Michelle prisma TT.now if i can find an extra main bearing and one adjuster for the motor board plate.....

post #3428 of 3429
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Talcum powder ...interesting.....I will have to give this a try.Just put a new belt on my Michelle prisma TT.now if i can find an extra main bearing and one adjuster for the motor board plate.....

Tough one. Try http://www.transcriptors.eu/ - they still carry all the parts for their original design ( Michell used to produce Prisma under licence and was subcontractor for Transcriptrors prior to their own machining plant/shop ). Caution - there is a fair amount of reports people sending in turntables for refurb and/or money for parts resulting in slow action or nothing at all - as well as satisfied customers. You could also try Michell or Transrotor in Germany ( they (used to ) import/make Michell Prisma for the german market ) .  The parts you need turn up on ebay with remarkable consistency - never... 

post #3429 of 3429

   I have been working at trying to restore my Michelle Prisma.So far I have a very nice SME type 3 arm i discovered,I also got rid of the spindly supporting legs and built a much better wooden base with adjustable feet.At the moment I am running a Grado gold pickup.I am hoping I can find a speed control plate for the motor.It seems I was careless with the current one and managed to break the 45 rpm adjuster.The 33 works well tho.I found someone to set up the new arm...and the TT seems wonderful compared to my old TD 160.

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