Originally Posted by SemiAudiophile
50 shades of blue?
I never really cared for the Bugatti blue before, but after a while it really grows on you. I dig it now, it's got that retro look to it.
Black is simple. You only have to choose whether you want piano black (gloss finish) or matte.
How's that Traveler of yours?
Yeah I have no idea how many shades of blue there really are, but it's too many!
I like matte black a lot. The Traveler black is a powder coat, so it will have some sheen to it, but nothing like piano finish, a.k.a. fingerprint champion of the world.
For 27 days I enjoyed the Traveler, despite the thoroughly used cartridge bought in 1998 and a phono stage from inside the first Rega Brio. I used it for probably half those 27 days to take it easy on the records as I'm certain the Grado Sonata is done. I really like the ritual of vinyl and watching things happen. The sound was very nice by the time my head made the adjustments after a couple album sides, but again, I took it pretty easy to spare the records.
I plan on a new cartridge, phono stage and picking up a Spin Cleaner really soon, then take a week off from work and submerse myself in my collection. Clean, listen and repeat until I've heard every one of them. The hard part is deciding what to buy, as usual. Harry from VPI told me (to extremely paraphrase) the Traveler scales up tremendously well and don't be afraid to throw a lot of money at a cart and think the table is holding it back. Which of course doesn't make deciding any easier as I'm well aware of how well any vinyl rig scales up when you throw money at it.