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Originally Posted by koike View Post
well i just spent a load of cash...not sure if i'm eligible to post in here ^^;...
Ahhh -- estimable beginnings, Grasshoppah!

BTW, if you haven't already read it too many times: Portaphile needs about 400+ hours for the BlackGate NX caps to mature and stabilize, and for the amp to sound as good as it can be (sounds like an Army recruiting ad). Hope you got the version with 2x1500uf BG caps + LT1210 (the only version to own).

Can't wait to see more stuff emerge from "the closet".

Cheers!
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Right Purty!

What tonearm and cartridge (and cables, if significant)???
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haha hi romanee...i am glad to tell you i have way over 1000 hours on that baby (bought it in april) and yes its the version with the 1500uF blackgates cap. in Singapore we call it Portaphile v2^2 Maxxed +++ (plus sign are indication of different versions) im using the mini3 for now but its caseless LOL...heres a pic anyway

post #5464 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Romanee View Post
Right Purty!

What tonearm and cartridge (and cables, if significant)???
Thanks!

Tonearm is a vintage piece: Fidelity Research FR-64fx
Cartridge is a new Benz Micro Glider L2, low output version
Phono stage is a Benz Micro Lukaschek PP-1, the older T8 version

Phono cable is what came with the table/arm; says "Straightwire LSI" and looks kinda old-ish. It is a 20-year old table, after all.

Interconnects aren't particularly special or expensive; Bogdan Silver princess ($90 new), Audioquest Sidewinder ($35 new). I haven't experimented much with ICs yet because the major components and tubes make so much more difference to my ears and I'm still hammering that part out (well, I'm pretty solid on components now, but there's a lot left to do with tubes)
Either way, the affordable cables I'm using now haven't prevented me from hearing the best sound I've ever laid ears on (IMO, of course) If I get some extra cash on hand, I suppose I'll upgrade to some of the nicer-looking Audioquests and call it a day
post #5465 of 6020
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Post Count: 20,861. My Favorite Martin.

You know how you can spend months on figuring out JUST the right specs for something custom ordered, then wait more than half a year to get it, then spend a few glorious years with it, then something necessitates that you abandon that dream?

Who am I kidding. I'm talking to Head-fiers, right? Y'all understand

So that's the kind of guitar I saw available, and I knew I had to rescue this dream deferred. So my SCGC H13 kicked the bucket to make way for this 000-18 Martin Custom. Let's just say that everything you see and can't see was a custom handpicked choice of a very thoughtful musician and I benefited greatly from all that effort the second I strummed the first chord. Right down to the subtle Martin stamp on the back of the headstock, it's an exercise in subtlety and greatness. Ah, guitars. GAS is the biggest Curse of all. Here he is!

post #5466 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Jahn View Post
Post Count: 20,861. My Favorite Martin.

You know how you can spend months on figuring out JUST the right specs for something custom ordered, then wait more than half a year to get it, then spend a few glorious years with it, then something necessitates that you abandon that dream?

Who am I kidding. I'm talking to Head-fiers, right? Y'all understand

So that's the kind of guitar I saw available, and I knew I had to rescue this dream deferred. So my SCGC H13 kicked the bucket to make way for this 000-18 Martin Custom. Let's just say that everything you see and can't see was a custom handpicked choice of a very thoughtful musician and I benefited greatly from all that effort the second I strummed the first chord. Right down to the subtle Martin stamp on the back of the headstock, it's an exercise in subtlety and greatness. Ah, guitars. GAS is the biggest Curse of all. Here he is!

i dont understand guitar acquisition syndrome...so in response i am gonna take a crap into the 1964 guild 12 string starfire before i ship it to you..and see if you can restore it after that..
post #5467 of 6020
Speak of "The Curse"!! Jahn's nemesis (friend? conscience?) raises its ugly, Stormtrooper hip-thrusting … whatever.

Heavens … such language … so reactive … so challenging.



So, Jahn -- what's the comeback?


[…btw…another beeyootifull geetar…]



Oh, 1911 -- I say to your horny Stormtrooper:

post #5468 of 6020
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Originally Posted by mulveling View Post
Thanks!

Tonearm is a vintage piece: Fidelity Research FR-64fx
Cartridge is a new Benz Micro Glider L2, low output version
Phono stage is a Benz Micro Lukaschek PP-1, the older T8 version

Phono cable is what came with the table/arm; says "Straightwire LSI" and looks kinda old-ish. It is a 20-year old table, after all.

Interconnects aren't particularly special or expensive; Bogdan Silver princess ($90 new), Audioquest Sidewinder ($35 new). I haven't experimented much with ICs yet because the major components and tubes make so much more difference to my ears and I'm still hammering that part out (well, I'm pretty solid on components now, but there's a lot left to do with tubes)
Either way, the affordable cables I'm using now haven't prevented me from hearing the best sound I've ever laid ears on (IMO, of course) If I get some extra cash on hand, I suppose I'll upgrade to some of the nicer-looking Audioquests and call it a day
Of course you could go hog wild and upgrade the tonearm and cartridge (bottomless pit), which would boost the SQ … and then the phono stage … and then, and then… (the road to … well, you know)
post #5469 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Jahn View Post
Post Count: 20,861. My Favorite Martin.

You know how you can spend months on figuring out JUST the right specs for something custom ordered, then wait more than half a year to get it, then spend a few glorious years with it, then something necessitates that you abandon that dream?

Who am I kidding. I'm talking to Head-fiers, right? Y'all understand

So that's the kind of guitar I saw available, and I knew I had to rescue this dream deferred. So my SCGC H13 kicked the bucket to make way for this 000-18 Martin Custom. Let's just say that everything you see and can't see was a custom handpicked choice of a very thoughtful musician and I benefited greatly from all that effort the second I strummed the first chord. Right down to the subtle Martin stamp on the back of the headstock, it's an exercise in subtlety and greatness. Ah, guitars. GAS is the biggest Curse of all. Here he is!

Wow, great looking guitar!
I have always been a fan of the classy design and wood choices of the Martin guitars. I've never really played one before though. So, it looks like you are living my dream Jahn! I hope it brings you years of fun, and can't wait to hear it.
post #5470 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Romanee View Post
Of course you could go hog wild and upgrade the tonearm and cartridge (bottomless pit), which would boost the SQ … and then the phono stage … and then, and then… (the road to … well, you know)
You'd have to spend a LOT to get better than the Glider L2. I have the next step up in the Benz line, the Wood L2, and it's a little better, at 50% more in price. Starting with the ACE, I think Benz cartridges are very hard to beat.

And while I don't know much about that arm, it sure LOOKS cool

Nice vinyl rig. I love vinyl.
post #5471 of 6020
my bedroom rig now...
post #5472 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
You'd have to spend a LOT to get better than the Glider L2. I have the next step up in the Benz line, the Wood L2, and it's a little better, at 50% more in price. Starting with the ACE, I think Benz cartridges are very hard to beat.

And while I don't know much about that arm, it sure LOOKS cool

Nice vinyl rig. I love vinyl.
Skylab,
Thanks for your impressions - I haven't tried other carts in my rig yet, but considering the sound I'm hearing now, it's just impossible to imagine anything sounding more that marginally better compared to the Glider. Never encounter any tracking problems, either. It's truly amazing.

To be honest though, being a perpetual tweaker/upgrader - I would've already upgraded to the Wood L2 by now if not for the fact that my tonearm's effective mass is so heavy (about 22 grams). Going by the online calculators, it seems that the lower mass Glider is actually more ideal in this setup, at least with regards to the resonant frequency.

Still, someday I might ask my dealer's opinion on changing to the wood cart. He set the table all up for me, and it's clear he's quite an expert. You know you're dealing with someone competent when he reminisces about setting up those vintage Fidelity Research arms, back when they were new in the 80's

btw, those FR arms were made in the 80's and supposedly valued by certain collectors (for sound quality and collectibility)...I think the one I've got would usually go for 700-800 on the used market, in good condition. They tend to be higher in mass than modern arms. I feel the same way about the arm as I do the Glider cart - haven't used anything else, but the thing just oozes quality in build and sound. You know, just from the feel and look of it, that it's something really special (IMO)
post #5473 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
You'd have to spend a LOT to get better than the Glider L2. I have the next step up in the Benz line, the Wood L2, and it's a little better, at 50% more in price. Starting with the ACE, I think Benz cartridges are very hard to beat.

And while I don't know much about that arm, it sure LOOKS cool

Nice vinyl rig. I love vinyl.

Agreed. I was teasing, of course ("hog wild / bottomless pit"). I always loved the SOTA, and even recently the Benz L2 cartridge got good Stereophile remarks.

Spend a LOT more on arm/cartridge? Easy (I love drooling over the absurb uber-end stuff):

Koetsu Coralstone = $15,000 USD (not including optional diamond cantilever @ +$3,300 USD). At that price and with those materials it should be worn as a ring or pendant!



…and perhaps an Airtangent Tonearm @ $11,500 (I expect there may be a pricier one out there, but no time to search. (…yeah…I know…the cartridge costs way more this elegant rig…)

post #5474 of 6020
Thread Starter 
whoa. that cart is worth more than all my guitars!

and 1911, it's a '66 Starfire, not a '64. Perhaps your droppings obscured the serial number on that label...now hurry and ship it, fool!
post #5475 of 6020
Ahhhh...you got to me Romanee. I want a Koetsu Rosewood Signature SOOOOO bad. But a $5500 phono cartridge is just not in my future, I'm afraid...

Mulveling, you are right, you should stick with the Glider probably with the arm you have. Plus, just think of all the fun you can have telling people you have a Nude cartridge!
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