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  1. CJG888

    Vinyl Corner. Music, Gear, Experiences.

    Presumably the same team that’s behind the recent Mercury reissues. I have the Dorati Firebird and the Bloch, and they are not bad at all.
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    A little bit of both. The bottom is open (so no Helmholtz resonator). The frame is as thick as it can be, shaped to accommodate motor etc.. The suspension mounts are the full thickness of the frame, not just flimsy brackets as on the stock item.
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    It certainly sounds better. A certain “tubbiness” has gone, which I attribute to resonances within the stock plinth.
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    Here’s the 1019 again, now in its Ebel Holztechnik waxed birch ply plinth:
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    Dual 1019 in Ebel Holztechnik waxed birch plywood plinth:
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    I vote for the two new editions of Blue Train (BN Tone Poet).
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    How do they even begin to justify the price?
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    Interesting. Maybe I should try them under my SME10. Where did you get them? Presumably they replace the sorbothane hemispheres?
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    Of course you could try an SPU…
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    I had mine rewired by Audio Origami in the UK. They did an excellent job.
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    Here’s a 103 I prepared earlier…
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    Thanks.
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    Here you have another indication of just how small the 1019 is:
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    But then there was that Charlie Parker box set (which is seriously tempting)…
  15. CJG888

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    I’ll probably sell on the 510, it’s not really to my taste. I have two cartridge slides for this turntable, one will get the M44E, the other may acquire a DL110. I use a modified (cocobolo body) DL103 on the Garrard as backup for the SPU. This particular cartridge really needs a dedicated SUT to...
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    It was fun to work on. In some ways, it reminded me of an 18th century automaton, or a cuckoo clock that happens to play records. Half of the fun for me was taking it all to bits and putting it back together again! And the fact that it is entirely mechanical and intuitive, in a Victorian kind of...
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    Not really. It weighs 3.5kg and continues spinning for minutes after the motor stops. Record support is according to the Ringmat principle.
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    How it used to be done (different Dual model, example from small ads):
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    “Group photo” with Garrard 301 for scale!
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    It’s the same turntable. No cover this time, and the LP covers most of the chassis (the platter is only 10” diameter). It’s tiny, because it was developed to fit inside consoles. Many of these weren’t big enough to accommodate a full-sized chassis.
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    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    Try an SPU. They start at around 30g and go up from there. The sound is incredible, though. Meaty, liquid midrange and plenty of speed and “snap”!
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    Yesterday, I tried to re-grease the arm lift. It was dropping like a stone. Unfortunately, I used “silicone grease” (as recommended by the service manual), but this stuff is highly adhesive and actually intended for sealing coffee machines. The arm now takes about 30 mins. to descend! What...
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    What I use for mono:
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    The standard Jico elliptical goes for 60€, which is fair enough IMHO. The total system price with a used M44 body is 120€, competing with something like a Nagaoka MP-100. The cheaper Analogis and Pfanstiel styli reputedly have roughly-finished diamonds which are likely to increase record wear...
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    The only downside is a little more noise from the idler (the stock item was a heavily damped rubber disc, but had begun to harden and lose grip). Hopefully it won’t be heard as rumble!
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