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Prepared to fire up Mastodon's Blood Mountain!

GREAT record!!!!!

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So I've been in and out of this thread with no pictures, but I swear they're coming. I wanted to know what you guys think of this (pretty) sure thing. 

 

VPI Scout w/ JWM9 Tonearm + Dynavector 20 (not sure on high or low) for 1k even.

 

Vouched for by my 'audio guy' who I can trust (he just dropped me out of a deal recently because he found out the table was defective). 

 

Win?

 

EDIT: He claims it's...6 years old or so.


Edited by MorbidToaster - 11/6/12 at 4:17pm
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BIG win. I have a Dynavector 20x on my Denon DP-59L right now - very nice pickup. And I also love my ScoutMaster.
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I'd call that a BIG win also.  Though!!! if he's saying the Dynavector is also 6 years old, expect it to be done.  That's a consideration to take in my opinion.

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Even without a cart the Scout in good shape seems like a good deal to me. I'll have a look at the cart when it gets here (apparently it will be here within the hour) and ask my dealer about how many hours it has (though he may not know).

 

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I'd call that a BIG win also.  Though!!! if he's saying the Dynavector is also 6 years old, expect it to be done.  That's a consideration to take in my opinion.

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Even without a cart the Scout in good shape seems like a good deal to me.

 

... ask my dealer about how many hours it has (though he may not know).

 

I agree, a pretty good deal!

 

No way will he know the hours.  Not unless he logged every one one of them himself, right?  Guy who traded it in very well could have lied by hundreds of hours to get a better deal.  Just sayin'...

 

Nonetheless, I agree, just the Scout table and any cart to get up and running is worth a grand in my book.

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While I'm thinking about it...  Get a new belt for it right off the bat if you get it.  Take the platter off and check the shaft for wear and lube.  Check the dampening fluid in the tonearm; lift the armwand up and see if the cup has any fluid in it.  You'll see the pointy bit, and a surrounding cup, or well, where there should be a thick fluid.  Careful not to drip any off the armwand when you do.  


Edited by Eee Pee - 11/6/12 at 7:06pm
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So I've got some great news and some (stupid) bad news. 

 

Great news. Here it is.

 

1000

 

Looked at the original shipping receipt...2 years old. Good news. Came with Nordost phono cables. Good news. My guy check all the fluids and set it all up. Good news. 

 

Bad news...? I don't have a damn phono stage right now. frown.gif I thought my guy was bringing one but the cart is the low output VPI 20X (1mv) and the only stage I could use as a loaner just didn't push enough gain. 

 

It'll be next week before I can get one. But at least it's here.

 

EDIT: Guy replaced this with a Nottingham 294 with a Shelter mkII (jealous). Sounds like it probably has reasonably low hours because the guy's job was really hectic. Works for me. 

 

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While I'm thinking about it...  Get a new belt for it right off the bat if you get it.  Take the platter off and check the shaft for wear and lube.  Check the dampening fluid in the tonearm; lift the armwand up and see if the cup has any fluid in it.  You'll see the pointy bit, and a surrounding cup, or well, where there should be a thick fluid.  Careful not to drip any off the armwand when you do.  


Edited by MorbidToaster - 11/6/12 at 7:22pm
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^Nice find dude. Dynavector 20x is a nice cart. ;)

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that looks like a really good deal @60% off the price after 2y. I looked it up, the Scout including the DV20x costs $2300 and the cable looks like Nordost Heimdal @ $600. That's a pretty sweet deal! cool.gif The cable does make a difference, especially om low output MC carts. So now you have a very good and well balanced TT in one go for 1k. A year ago this was pretty much my dream TT (not that I'm doing bad, I paid double just for a cart!).

The good part about the bad part is that you can choose anything you like. If you don't have a lot of money left and would consider a tube phono stage may I recommend the Yaqin MS12B?Review on TNT. It costs $280 on Ebay and has just a bit more gain than a normal MM stage. You should just be fine with the 1.0mV. It is a preamp with 2 inputs; cd on the back and MM (RIAA) on the front and 2 outputs: 0.25V and 0.7V. It has a complement of 4 tubes: 2 12AX7 and 2 12AU7. A friend of mine has it and is really pleased with it. It's a lot better than the other budget gear from (fi) Pro-ject (which is pretty good for the money). It will be a lot better than any budget MC stage for sure.

I just bought a MS22B ($180)and I am pretty pleased with it. It won't do for you (to low output) but I've tried it with a stepup tranny and it does pretty well. I'm going to modify it later (this week?).

Just chuck the Chinese tubes (Shuguang 12AX7 sound bad) and put in some NOS ECC83 (or some nice new 12AX7) and you're off. You can even modify it later even further if you have some soldering skills (always look at the coupling caps!). I just looked it up and there a a lot of mods around on the internet on audiokarma and DIYaudio.

And my Jolida JD9 gets a good recommendation too but it's a bit more expensive ($450) and needs a few mods to fully bloom (but then it blows away the competition up to more than double to quadruple the price).
Edited by ]eep - 11/7/12 at 7:08am
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Originally Posted by " 
eep" url="/t/549616/post-a-photograph-of-your-turntable/885#post_8846657"]that looks like a really good deal @60% off the price after 2y. I looked it up, the Scout including the DV20x costs $2300 and the cable looks like Nordost Heimdal @ $600. That's a pretty sweet deal! cool.gif The cable does make a difference, especially om low output MC carts. So now you have a very good and well balanced TT in one go for 1k. A year ago this was pretty much my dream TT (not that I'm doing bad, I paid double just for a cart!).
The good part about the bad part is that you can choose anything you like. If you don't have a lot of money left and would consider a tube phono stage may I recommend the Yaqin MS12B? It costs $280 on Ebay and has just a bit more gain than a normal MM stage. You should just be fine with the 1.0mV. It is a preamp with 2 inputs; cd on the back and MM (RIAA) on the front and 2 outputs: 0.25V and 0.7V. It has a complement of 4 tubes: 2 12AX7 and 2 12AU7. A friend of mine has it and is really pleased with it. It's a lot better than the other budget gear from (fi) Pro-ject (which is pretty good for the money). It will be a lot better than any budget MC stage for sure.
I just bought a MS22B ($180)and I am pretty pleased with it. It won't do for you (to low output) but I've tried it with a stepup tranny and it does pretty well. I'm going to modify it later (this week?).
Just chuck the Chinese tubes (Shuguang 12AX7 sound bad) and put in some NOS ECC83 (or some nice new 12AX7) and you're off. You can even modify it later even further if you have some soldering skills (always look at the coupling caps!).
And my Jolida JD9 gets a good recommendation too but it's a bit more expensive ($450) and needs a few mods to fully bloom (but then it blows away the competition up to more than double to quadruple the price).

I'd been looking at the JD9 for awhile since I cut my budget from 5k for my vinyl rig. I'll consider the tube stage as well. I'm also looking at the Vincent PHO8 and Clear Nano.

I've heard really good things about the Vincent offering and an outboard PSU at 400 bucks is impressive if it performs. I generally just trust Clear stuff. Both should have plenty of gain for the 1mv 20X.

Edit: That Yaqin hits 65 on MC though. Nice.
Edited by MorbidToaster - 11/7/12 at 6:56am
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I'm just now looking into mods for the Yaqin and I see that there are a lot of ppl who have taken the plunge. Lots of schemes and mods. And as I would expect; the disadvantage mentioned on TNT about lack of soundstage on the preamp is mainly due to the less than impressive caps inside. If you are willing to mod the MS12B: go for it! I will help you if you need. It looks the MS12B and 22B are pretty similar and I'm whipping my soldering iron out now for the 22B.

Pleasant surprise when I bought the new Dead Can Dance album in the local store.... no mention anywhere about a special edition, but it is! 2x180gr clear vinyl. Looks awesome (again). This time I made a 1080x1920 version.
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Edited by ]eep - 11/7/12 at 5:04pm
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Another great photo ]eep!  

 

 

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Great news. Here it is.

 

Alright alright alright.[/guy from Dazed and Confused movie]

 

Whilst staring at the picture for a bit I noticed the tonearm wire/anti-skate twist wire looks a bit goofy?  That needs a good straightening.  Unplug it and untwist it and massage it and twist it back up and repeat a couple times then of course you'll need to figure out where it's somewhat effective again.

 

Good deal MT, you should be happy.

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I was also surprised when I got it. How do you like the actual album? I really enjoyed it.

 

EDIT: New wallpaper.

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Pleasant surprise when I bought the new Dead Can Dance album in the local store.... no mention anywhere about a special edition, but it is! 2x180gr clear vinyl. Looks awesome (again). This time I made a 1080x1920 version

Edited by MorbidToaster - 11/7/12 at 6:36pm
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How can I not like it.? Ive been a fan since 1987. After such a long wait Anastasia is a must have. BTW anastasia means resurrection in greek in case you didn't know. And it is.
When I first heard it as FLAC with HP on I wasn't so sure about the lyrics... But when I put on the LP ... bliss. tongue.gif It feels like a warm bath with a glass of champagne and a beautiful companion (I admit I have a certain person in mind that I'm not divulging here).biggrin.gif
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