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Originally Posted by Shaffer View Post


Of course not! It has an actual chance of producing good sound.

What started out as funny has become annoying. I'm going back to my home forum. I'll stop back from time to time to see what new HP products are in favor in this market, but that's about it for my participation.

Edit: BTW, Rob, I've been an AK member since 2002. You got there "new back to vinyl" (from your profile) some 9 years later. ...for the sake of perspective.


Glad you are an AK'er !

 

And for perspective...time don't mean diddly...LOL

 

Its about possibilities...I have taken the most beat up turntables and turned them into sonic gems. My only point was there are a lot of vintage gems out there (the island of misfit toys) just waiting for a good home. It doesn't require a lot of money...many times just some patience and ingenuity.

 

A person can spend little money and some time and get a great table.

 

Or a person can spend a bit more money, less time (if they are inexperienced) and still get a wonderful tables. Just look at the deals we get on Bartertown ? Look at the classic I am selling right now for $125 shipped (Pioneer PL500) ...that was nowhere near top of the line yet look at the specs on that...many manufacturers today are too afraid to tell you their specs.

 

Hey, just so you know, this is not an argument (forum doesn't convey voice infliction, tone, etc. which is why I point it out ) we are just chatting.

 

About me

I suffer from a specific (and very helpful) OCD which is why I said time don't mean diddly. If I get on something, its is like a rocket ship blasting off. Which is why I went from "Back into vinyl" to building and restoring tables in 4 years. Did the same with computers, bass player, wedding video business, etc. I can't help myself. If I get into something, it is balls to the wall. The only problem ? When I am done and burned out, I almost never go back. Building computers ? Done. Playing bass in a band. Haven't touched one in 10 years. Video business, closed up shop after a successful 9 years and the equipment gathers dust. HOPE TO GOD my audio love doesn't fade.

 

I said the OCD is helpful because in my career it has always helped me excel in my field. I strive to be the SME and attain it. Where it "hurts" sometimes is if I have an issue I am debugging (audio, video, Windows drivers, you name it) ..I don't know how to put it down. My wife has found me up at 3 in the morning with a robe on, a cup of coffee and a soldering iron...LOL

 

 

Oh..I hear "Getting to know you" playing in the background....LOL

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Before and After - No NEWBIE here  This is just a SMALL sample of my work (OCD driven) that I think earns me the right to speak with authority....Its not like I just bought a few tables and carts and said "Instant Authority" 40 tables - 30 carts 5 ore 6 tube amps restored, even a few speaker projects just for a snack...LOL

 

 


Edited by arcorob - 2/10/14 at 7:26am
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Originally Posted by JamieMcC View Post
 

Sorry to say I was to busy enjoying listening rather than thinking about how it sounded.

 

Edit the concert can be replayed now so just starting to watch from the beginning.

 

Edit I really ought to have a glass of wine while watching.

Catching the last moments livestream is still available ( 24 after the original event finished).

 

I have synchronized my master with livestrem sound ( from which it was derived ) and comparing them at the moment on Stax Lambda Pro/SRM1MK2- oh Lord, that crap comes out in the end ?

 

Livestream must be lossy to the power of x ...

 

Regarding adult beverages - with the soloist/conductor (and everybody else...) we shared more than the fair share at the after party...


Edited by analogsurviver - 2/10/14 at 11:51am
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Rob, that AR is beautiful! :beerchug:

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Rob, that AR is beautiful! :beerchug:


Thank you..it was fun too !!! I replace the original arm with a Technics S arm so it could also handle the 1/2" headshell. And also learned the best way to restore a platter (spin it in a drill and use finer and finer sandpaper and compound)...LOL

 

AR Platter restored

 

Pioneer Platter about to be worked on

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Originally Posted by calipilot227 View Post
 

Rob, that AR is beautiful! :beerchug:

+1

The work arcorob does is fantastique!

 

However...

 

The following pix looks like our man is holding practice for a future heist. :normal_smile :

 

LL

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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post
 

+1

The work arcorob does is fantastique!

 

However...

 

The following pix looks like our man is holding practice for a future heist. :normal_smile :

 

LL


That is too funny !!!! LOL

 

Actually...the surgical gloves ? I found out while you work if your finger oils touch the metal, it combines to make a black goo..that gets in the metal..and means more work...lol...

 

Oh...and if you do it with an AR/XA platter, after you get up to speed...DONT STOP Suddenly...or the outer platter MIGHT fly across the room like a Frisbee and ring like a bell...DONT ask me how I know...:beyersmile:

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Originally Posted by arcorob View Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm impressed, seriously beautiful work.

 

I'm currently using a Pro-Ject lll Debut/OM20E decent but could be better.  I can set up alignment, tracking etc. but currently do not have time to do too much DIY or significant mods to update, so modern might make more sense unless vintage is up to speed and ready to play.


Edited by RUMAY408 - 2/10/14 at 5:58pm
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Originally Posted by RUMAY408 View Post
 

I'm impressed, seriously beautiful work.

 

I'm currently using a Pro-Ject lll Debut/OM20E decent but could be better.  I can set up alignment, tracking etc. but currently do not have time to do too much DIY or significant mods to update, so modern might make more sense unless vintage is up to speed and ready to play.


Thank you very much...and your Pro-Ject is a nice table. Proper footing under it, alignment, cart and phono stage its a beautiful thing. If you do plan to upgrade, not sure what phono stage you are running but they DO make a difference.

 

As to modern, lol. Except for the recent PL600 (the bottom red one I did) as a secondary table, I sold them all to good homes and went modern. LOVE my CA Concept table...built a wall shelf, bought a Phonomena II phono stage to really get the best out of the Concept MC cart and that's it...no need for vintage anymore...

 

 

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My phono stage:  I upgraded from Ortofon OM5E to Ortofon Super OM20E much improved sound along with adding a Pro-Ject speed box and improved the Preamp from Furatech ADL-GT40 to a vintage 1960 Fisher Coronet 100T (in perfect and totally upgraded condition)

 

I keep my TT totally isolated in a balanced shelf in an isolated cabinet on carpet.

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Very nice ...SWEET Fisher...though I will tell you (not criticism) the phono stage is a little soft...you will get more detail from an offboard...still very nice system and cart...

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so I was relocating my turntable the other day and while I was putting the drive belt back on I bumped the "needle?" pretty hard and my tracking weight got messed up and I kinda fixed that although I need to do it again because I did it with the anti skate on still.  but on to my dilemma, I have the sumiko blackbird cart and the needle isn't tight in the cart.  you'll have to excuse my terminology if it's wrong.  I never really messed with it before and the needle was coming out of the cart at an angle not severe and the needle is still straight so I kinda pushed it pack over till it was straight again but it is not tight did I break it?

and now that I've referred to a stylus as a needle remember what its called

keep in mind the blackbird is an open body cart so there is a lot of 'needle' sticking out

thanks in advance for your help

 

ps it still sounds fine to me

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Originally Posted by arcorob View Post
 

Before and After - No NEWBIE here  This is just a SMALL sample of my work (OCD driven) that I think earns me the right to speak with authority....Its not like I just bought a few tables and carts and said "Instant Authority" 40 tables - 30 carts 5 ore 6 tube amps restored, even a few speaker projects just for a snack...LOL

 

 

Really nice work, congrats !

 

One question keeps popping in my mind, after having polished many platters in similar way: do you just leave bare metal or do you seal the surface with some thin layer of transparent varnish? If not sealed, these things do have a tendency of returning to the state of the above pitted with stains Pioneer, prior to the restoration.

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Originally Posted by analogsurviver View Post
 

Really nice work, congrats !

 

One question keeps popping in my mind, after having polished many platters in similar way: do you just leave bare metal or do you seal the surface with some thin layer of transparent varnish? If not sealed, these things do have a tendency of returning to the state of the above pitted with stains Pioneer, prior to the restoration.

AS...I have always just left them but I am sure that is a good idea. I never kept them long enough to worry about it...LOL. I would buy a poor misfit (like on ebay), fix it, play with it and then sell it to someone who needed one. Usually for a loss...but I had fun on the projects...

 

Longest I kept one was probably 6 months for a Dual 721 I restored and a bit longer on a table I built from scratch (NOW THAT was fun...and easy)

 

Any suggestions on the layering ? You know what would be cool ! Acrylic dipped...would also cut any resonance, yes ?

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Originally Posted by awsanderson View Post
 

so I was relocating my turntable the other day and while I was putting the drive belt back on I bumped the "needle?" pretty hard and my tracking weight got messed up and I kinda fixed that although I need to do it again because I did it with the anti skate on still.  but on to my dilemma, I have the sumiko blackbird cart and the needle isn't tight in the cart.  you'll have to excuse my terminology if it's wrong.  I never really messed with it before and the needle was coming out of the cart at an angle not severe and the needle is still straight so I kinda pushed it pack over till it was straight again but it is not tight did I break it?

and now that I've referred to a stylus as a needle remember what its called

keep in mind the blackbird is an open body cart so there is a lot of 'needle' sticking out

thanks in advance for your help

 

ps it still sounds fine to me

Impossible to say without at least a close up photo of the cantilever. Better stiil, check it with at least test record, but really meaningful is test record and at least an oscilloscope. That "it still sounds fine to me" can result in an extremely rude awakening - it is possible to irreversibly damage your records with a single play by a compromised stylus/cartridge. I have quite a few "pretty crooked" styli that still play without posing a treat to the records, if not exactly the same when new; I have a few that look immaculate, but their suspension (most likely the tension wire) has been compromised and had to be retired from the active service.

 

NO phono cartridge, regardless of cost, is more precious and worth keeping in use, than A SINGLE IRREPLACEABLE RECORD.  Never forget that maxima...

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