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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

VPI HW-19 mkII

Nice! I started with the 19 Jr and the MkII platter and Audioquest PT6 arm, then JMW arm. Check that the little squishy things in the corners under the plinth aren't flat from age. Mine are and I made some shims to bring the plinth back up to the right height so the pulley isn't touching the cover in the corner.

That is assuming the MkII uses those?
Edited by Eee Pee - 10/12/12 at 10:42am

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post #842 of 3340
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Little bass heavy, smooooth through the middle and a little rolled off up top. At first I thought it was a little dull and opaque, but as the hours went by I was thinking it's just missing some glare and etch that I get from the older digital stuff I have cause it was sounding good!
 

I think that captures what I hear in the Grado wood body voicing although I've only spent time with the higher output Reference series and not the low output Statement series.  The voicing definitely tilts toward warm rather than cool. The knocks on the Grados are that they don't track extremely well, they are more arm sensitive than some cartridges and that they aren't the most resolving/transparent cartridges in their respective price classes.  The tracking and arm compatibility/resonance issues can sometimes lead to the infamous "Grado dance."  


Edited by plantsman - 10/13/12 at 4:22am
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Looks good mark_h.  I like the high finger lift, the VPIs are always low and leave little room.

 

Speaking of warm rather than cool, I just opened this.

 

"Formats come and go, but nothing sounds as good and as warm as a vinyl recording."

 

 

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I kind of resent that bit: warm as a vinyl recording
It should be neutral like any reproduction. 'Warm' denotes some kind of coloration and that's not hifi. That's 'myfi'.

mark_h that Lenco looks very good for a vintage table. No frills and very stylish in pianoblack.
I'm wondering what else I'm looking at. I know I've seen the arm before but I can't remember what it is (I thought Decca but thats not it). The cartridge looks like a custom body DL103.
Edit: See, it's the Naim Aro arm rolleyes.gif Looks great on it.
Edited by ]eep - 10/14/12 at 5:12am
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I kind of resent that bit: warm as a vinyl recording
It should be neutral like any reproduction. 

I don't disagree.  Good news is that it sounds good!

post #847 of 3340

Thank you for that link. These seem more expensive than I thought. It is possible to run the output of the turntable into a sound card? Could this be a cheaper alternative to getting a usb turntable?

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Thank you for that link. These seem more expensive than I thought. It is possible to run the output of the turntable into a sound card? Could this be a cheaper alternative to getting a usb turntable?

 

What kind of amplifier will the turntable be plugged into? You need to know because a turntable needs a phono preamp in order to function. Some turntables have them built in and others you need to buy one separately.

 

The article linked above is 3 years old and some of those models have been updated. You should visit Amazon.com and type in "USB turntable" to get an idea of current prices. USB turntables such as these have a built in preamp and are plug and play via USB to a computer - this is what you should be looking for IMO.

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Thank you for that link. These seem more expensive than I thought. It is possible to run the output of the turntable into a sound card? Could this be a cheaper alternative to getting a usb turntable?
No you can't. You need a phono pre-amp to adjust for the RIAA frequency curve and amplify to line level.

It depends on what you want but vinyl is never cheap if you want quality. And if you have a decent TT what's the use of digitising? Just play the LP like it's supposed to.
If you want the 10 old albums that you know from way back, there's a good chance you can download them somewhere. There are several ppl out there doing it for you with (most of the time) better equipment for the illusive discs. If you own the album that means you already paid the artist, right?

And if you want to do it yourself the best option is to get a decent used turntable and phono-amp (like the Pro-ject, Rega, Music Hall or better), get the job done and then sell it again from where you got it (Audiogon; Ebay etc). This way it will hardly cost you anything and you can enjoy the music while you're at it and not some half baked sorry excuse for music reproduction.
You buy for, say, $750 and sell it when you're done for $700. It is an investment but then you will at least know what vinyl can do.

And don't forget to clean your albums thoroughly before recording anything. Good software handling is vital.
post #850 of 3340

Thanks for the responses guys, very helpful. 

post #851 of 3340

Little surprise when I opened a new record.

 

 

It's Porcupine Tree's Voyage 34.  And you gotta have your glasses on.

 

 

 

 

 

Weeeeeeeeeeee!

post #852 of 3340
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A Technics SL1200 MKII rescued from an abusive DJ and restored to (almost) factory standard with a new tonearm, dustcover, 45 adapter, Technics headshell and a slightly thicker than normal rubber platter mat from KAB Audio...using an AT440MLA cart and needle...

How long did it take you to get your gear from KAB Audio?  

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How long did it take you to get your gear from KAB Audio?  

 

It took a little while...I forget precisely how long, but it was to the tune of about a month. The dustcover was the holdup...

 

Given that Technics is no longer producing these, parts are becoming a little tougher to find. You should have seen the rigmarole I went through to find someone to install the tonearm (the soldering was just too fine for me to think about trying). I ended up driving the thing to the next city to get a guy who works on guitar amps usually to do the job.

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It took a little while...I forget precisely how long, but it was to the tune of about a month. The dustcover was the holdup...

 

Given that Technics is no longer producing these, parts are becoming a little tougher to find. You should have seen the rigmarole I went through to find someone to install the tonearm (the soldering was just too fine for me to think about trying). I ended up driving the thing to the next city to get a guy who works on guitar amps usually to do the job.

Ohh word.  Well I got a reply from KAB and I wish I ordered two of them now and two dust covers.

 

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mats are on order with Panasonic.
I do expect them soon, but do not currently have an ETA I will try to get
that from Pansonic today.
Sorry for delay

Thankyou for your order
Kevin

KAB Electro Acoustics
Preserving The Sounds Of A Lifetime

I recently received a phone call from my dad asking if I was still looking for a technics turntable.  He told me he just picked up two sl-1200 mk2's at a estate sale for me for $50.  He turned them on and they seem to work but are missing headshell/cart and mats.  One of them has the UK power plug with a US adapter.  Iv yet to see the turntables but hopefully they are not destroyed.  Ill probably play around with them myself but luckily I have a repair place locally here in Boise if its over my head. http://audiovideorepair.net   How much did you invest into your overhaul?

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That sounds about right...I did the extra thick platter mat personally...only thing not stock on mine.

 

That's a super sweet deal your dad got...at that price, you can't go wrong. All in-all, I guess I ended up paying about $500 for mine after all the repairs (not including the super-sweet AT440MLA cart and needle my confused but generous mother-in-law gave me for Christmas for it). Well worth every penny. The thing far outshines every other turntable I have ever had, despite the years of abuse it suffered before I took it in.

 

If you shop around you can still, maybe, find these new, or near-mint, but they go for about $1000.

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