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post #856 of 2630
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Originally Posted by caracara08 View Post

Ive been so impressed with my modest speaker/vinyl set up that I havent even touched my fullsized headphones. 


Looking at your page I'm not surprised. The PL-41 looks delicious

post #857 of 2630
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Originally Posted by caracara08 View Post

Ive been so impressed with my modest speaker/vinyl set up that I havent even touched my fullsized headphones. 

Not required - JVC HA-S500 do not lack much - certainly good enough to differentiate among TTs, arms, carts, styli etc. I am curious how do you find them vs HD-650s.

 

I would not mind those Polk speakers either - but pink elefants are more common sight than Polk speakers in Europe.

post #858 of 2630
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Looking at your page I'm not surprised. The PL-41 looks delicious

 

Thank you! Its my first TT and first piece of vintage gear.  Its in great condition too with original box.  The original box and packaging was almost as heavy as the TT itself!

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Not required - JVC HA-S500 do not lack much - certainly good enough to differentiate among TTs, arms, carts, styli etc. I am curious how do you find them vs HD-650s.

 

I would not mind those Polk speakers either - but pink elefants are more common sight than Polk speakers in Europe.

 

I havent used my S500 at all.  Its been "burning in" not to bring up a controversial topic but I've just had it burning in off and on through my O2. 

 

I read that no one recommends Polk anymore because theyre not what they used to be but I like them (given I dont have experience in speakers).  I got them brand new from an authorized dealer for 299. 

post #859 of 2630
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

Am I a goner (or vinyl collection) if I don't get one like, yesterday? My TT was setup/aligned before I took it home. How much (borrowed) time am I livin' on? Currently have 19 hours on the table since being in the shop.

I do not follow you - maybe it is my deteriorating English , maybe concern for the recording I am doing on Suday. What is the problem ? 

 

Was concerned I wasn't ready to sit back and fully enjoy my TT yet; thought something was overlooked...thanks.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

Am I a goner (or vinyl collection) if I don't get one like, yesterday? My TT was setup/aligned before I took it home. How much (borrowed) time am I livin' on? Currently have 19 hours on the table since being in the shop.

 

SO, if your TT was set up correctly before you took it home, as long as you haven't changed anything, you really don't need a stylus gauge.  If you ever change your cartridge, then you will need one. 

 

Grevlin, nice looking TT! I really like Diana Krall, have seen her live, and have every one of her albums.  That said, I think Glad Rag Doll is kinda weak.  If you like her voice/piano playing, look into her other stuff. Her 90's era stuff is my favorite.

 

Whew! Thanks for addressing my concern. Maybe now, I can sit back and enjoy my table some. Or for a few months - may wanna step up and try and Benz-Micro or something this summer. Perhaps, a delicious find between $1,000-$1,500.

Edited by Silent One - 2/22/13 at 2:10pm
post #860 of 2630
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

 

Was concerned I wasn't ready to sit back and fully enjoy my TT yet; thought something was overlooked...thanks.

 

 

 

Shelter 501, Dyna 17d3, maybe an EMT. 

 

IIRC Benz is on some sort of hiatus or something.

post #861 of 2630
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IIRC Benz is on some sort of hiatus or something.

 

I think I recall reading they closed their doors and stiffed dealers.  And that was months ago.  No idea what the sitch is now.

 

Edit: I do remember reading it because I just remembered I told my buddy who's had a Benz forever he needs to get it retipped now because they're done.  And that was about four months ago.


Edited by Eee Pee - 2/22/13 at 2:36pm
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Thread Starter 

I'm not certain that Benz is gone forever, but they are definitely gone for now.  musicDirect pulled them from their website and told me that their stuff hasn't been available for close to a year now IIRC.  Apparently the primary assembler retired or died and there isn't a replacement...

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Other choices await. I'm in experimental mode only, as what I got sounds serviceable for the time being...thanks guys!


Edited by Silent One - 2/22/13 at 3:43pm
post #864 of 2630
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Originally Posted by Grevlin View Post

Wow.

 

Just wow.

 

 

...it takes a while to even spin a record.

 

Rough pics so far:

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The "landing pad" all lit up

 

 

 

Chaos with a plan. (My OCD drives me fruit loops until everything is back to normal)

 

 

 

Music Hall mmf 2.2 with MH cork pad - you can see the Magic Eraser pad for cartridge cleaning

 

 

 

Sitting on uber-expensive magic maple platform   (new $35 cutting board)

* 4 Isoblocks arriving tomorrow from Mapleshade to go under platform

 

 

Audioquest brush, Azur 551p, Ikea furniture and light

 

 

 

First record spins!

 

 

 

Nothing gets near or leans on the stack

 

 

 

 

 

My newb record collection. Funny huh...23 albums so far + a 3 album box set in the mail

 

 

(But all huge collections had to start somewhere)

 

 

 

 

And my first record spun in my life - Bob Marley - Legend.

 

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Much better pics to come when the camera and lighting are better.

 

 

Location note: My home office is on ground floor in outer corner of house. Concrete base with hardwood floor on top. Then TT stack on that in outer corner of room. -- pretty steady and vibration free to begin with.

Just absolutely lovely.

 

Went to the flea market today and got myself Alan Parson's Project: Eye In The Sky

Asked whether they have the I Robot album but no dice. Asked another person and he said he had sold it. Well, never mind that I guess.

Also found Roberta Flack: Killing Me Softly. The album cover was cool, the flaps we shaped like a piano and made it look like she's singing behind the piano. But I didn't buy it. I wonder why. I'm still wondering now. I guess my mind is telling me that I need to save my money for an amp.

 

I need to get myself speakers. Headphones are too revealing and acute. The crackles are driving me crazy. Tried to play a vinyl rip on a speaker setup, sounded so much better and nice.

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Got the last two pieces of the puzzle in the mail.

 

Bubble level and Isoblocks from Maple Shade. (Just used three)

 

Music Hall mmf 2.2 with MH cork mat Bubble level and Magic Eraser block Maple platform with (3) Isoblocks Cambridge Audio 550p preamp (underneath)

 

 

Vinyl Rig

post #866 of 2630
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Just absolutely lovely.

 

Went to the flea market today and got myself Alan Parson's Project: Eye In The Sky

Asked whether they have the I Robot album but no dice. Asked another person and he said he had sold it. Well, never mind that I guess.

Also found Roberta Flack: Killing Me Softly. The album cover was cool, the flaps we shaped like a piano and made it look like she's singing behind the piano. But I didn't buy it. I wonder why. I'm still wondering now. I guess my mind is telling me that I need to save my money for an amp.

 

I need to get myself speakers. Headphones are too revealing and acute. The crackles are driving me crazy. Tried to play a vinyl rip on a speaker setup, sounded so much better and nice.


Funny thing, I see that I, Robot frequently. Roberta Flack's Chapter Two in decent condition however........ angry_face.gif

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EDIT: and just picked it up for $4


Edited by BLACKENEDPLAGUE - 2/23/13 at 2:30pm
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I have a problem with my Pro-ject 1Xpression III comfort turntable. http://goo.gl/nDIvf

 

When installing the new cartridge Ortofon 2M Black I noticed the metal tip of the tonearm is not the same direction than the rest of the arm. The cartridge would then not be in the correct position either. I contacted the retailer in my country and got it shipped for warranty repairs.

The thing was they didn't see it as defective and sent me their even blurrier pictures as a proof, a ruler included, and billed me for false warranty return.

 

Angry with the judgement once it was returned (at my expense of course) I adjusted the  VTA and lowered the arm so the cartridge would be in the correct angle, with the arm tube being a bit 'raised' from it's base. This doesn't feel like a correct thing to do. During the procedure I somehow managed to damage the arm lift lever and it's now completely unresponsive. I had to lower the whole ring for the rest so that the arm would lower itself to the surface while playing without being stopped by the arm rest.

 

Is there something to do about the arm lift lever without having to buy a new arm or turntable? I am seriously considering a new turntable since the service was so rude and unprofessional; they even said that a qualified sales person could have told me it's all right (two gentlemen at the local shop agreed with me it being poorly aligned, I had the turntable with me). I don't wish to be personally in contact with the retailer any more.

 

Could you guys help me with dealing this or some help to get some ease of mind about the whole situation?frown.gif

post #868 of 2630
Thread Starter 

Unfortunately it's a little hard to tell what the issue is.  Are you saying the end of the headshell where the cartridge mounts is not completely straight/level with the rest of the arm?

post #869 of 2630

Yes. So headshell is its name, thanks :p You can see it from the picture by either drawing a line from either the top side of the tube or  the white line on the center and the headshell is not in line with either of them. Or you can look at how it's mounted on the tube. The headshell is tilted forwards.

post #870 of 2630

The headshell is normally lilted forward. The one reason for that is so that you have sufficient clearance between the vinyl disk and the bottom of the cartridge body to cater for wobbly vinyl pressings and varying vinyl thickness. A 180gr record for instance is not as thick as a 200gr. So the arm is set at a height that can cope with such variations. A 7" single is even skinnier, which shows up as an even bigger offset angle.

 

What is important is the angle that the stylus touches the vinyl during play. You can adjust that by playing about with the tracking weight, but that in turn has its own set of considerations.

 

You mentioned that you adjusted the VTA. Has your tonearm got such an adjustment from the outside of the deck like it is on say the Micro Seiki MA-505? Or did you have to open up the turntable?

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