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    Musical interlude...



    Had to edit the first link as Jimmy made an appearance...
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    Had a visit from Matt 'schneiderhan' yesterday ... seven glorious hours of Lieder (almost uninterrupted, barring a spot of lunch) huge fun and listening materialc covered everything from Willi Domgraff Fassbaender on 78 in 1934, to the latest and greatest from the Wigmore ... though I think we both have a soft spot for the giants of the 50s and 60s, Fischer Dieskau, Prey, Schwartzkopf .... Matt has a penchant for Peter Schreier .... I'm not quite such a fan but can handle him in small doses!

    Matt is great company and filled in quite a few gaps in my knowledge of both composers and performers which was hugely appreciated.

    Conclusion is I need to do two things:

    1) after 18 months in the new house it's time I sorted out the totally random way my records and CDs are ordered (actually, 'ordered' isn't the word)
    2) after 18 months I need to have a new classical music day. This will be a Saturday or Sunday in May, I've decided. Watch this space! (And don't worry other music than Lieder will be allowed, indeed if Jerry wants to bring his Shostakovich he'll be most welcome).

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    It was a really interesting day. I share with Tom a Radford (sadly it's just an STA15 - I adore it beyond measure) and a Thorens 124 and I recently bought the Ortofon SUT (6600) that Tom was selling which sounds incredible with modern / vintage SPUs.

    Not much to add to what Paul (RFC) said about the sound of Tom's system and a quick bit of jazz really showed what it could do - absolutely wonderful (there's not much bass on Lieder recordings!).

    Learnt quite a few things from Tom along with some potential new discoveries. And yes I admit I have an unhealthy obsession with Peter Schreier who is very much an acquired taste on account of his sometimes unpleasant tone and over-emphasis of words. But his clear diction is second to none and I think he does tell you what some of those songs are really about. There are of course endless possibilities of expression when you match words to music as decades of (inferior! - only joking) popular music also show.

    BTW we did also plug in Anthony's AOS amp (the Yaqin which Ian W once owned and which is in my possession) and it produced a great sound that you could happily listen to all day long! No surprise that it matched the Tannoys so well given its pedigree.

    PS I'm listening to Shostakovich quartets at the moment so I'm good with that!

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    Great stuff, chaps! Always good to hear about successful little get-togethers

    Not surprised the TD (modded Yaqin) amp worked well with Tom's Tannoys, Matt - just imagine what a Copper amp would be like!

    Oh, and Shosty roolz!!

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

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    Yup, sounds like a great get together. Love them Tannoy's... they look the biz.
    Preamplifier: Croft Epoch Elite - Dual external PSU & Upgrades
    Amplifier: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp No. 5 using KT150's
    Digital: Raspberry Pi & ALLO Piano DAC & KALI - IQAudio DAC with SBooster Linear BOBW PSU & Trio DP700 CDP
    Turntable: Thorens TD124 MkII - Schopper refurbished
    Tonearm: SME 3009 S2 None Improved - Audio Origami modified
    Cartridge: Ortofon SPU GT
    Speakers: 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds in Lockwood Majors with Tannoyista Spec 3 crossovers
    Cables/Mains: Mark Grant Black Series mains cables & 6-Way power bar
    Cables/IC's: Mark Grant HDX1 Pure Copper + Custom made Silver/Gold interconnects
    Mains Other: Tube Distinctions/Mark Grant 'The Power Works' Digital noise mains power filter TD2414-MG - Nick Gorham DC Blocker unit constructed by Mark Grant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Great stuff, chaps! Always good to hear about successful little get-togethers

    Not surprised the TD (modded Yaquin) amp worked well with Tom's Tannoys, Matt - just imagine what a Copper amp would be like!

    Oh, and Shosty roolz!!

    Marco.

    I'm not one who generally speaks in an immodest way, but from many, many amp trials with Tannoys, I would venture to suggest the big Radford would give the copper amp a run for its money ... if you are up for a shootout sometime

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    FIGHT...! FIGHT...!
    Preamplifier: Croft Epoch Elite - Dual external PSU & Upgrades
    Amplifier: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp No. 5 using KT150's
    Digital: Raspberry Pi & ALLO Piano DAC & KALI - IQAudio DAC with SBooster Linear BOBW PSU & Trio DP700 CDP
    Turntable: Thorens TD124 MkII - Schopper refurbished
    Tonearm: SME 3009 S2 None Improved - Audio Origami modified
    Cartridge: Ortofon SPU GT
    Speakers: 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds in Lockwood Majors with Tannoyista Spec 3 crossovers
    Cables/Mains: Mark Grant Black Series mains cables & 6-Way power bar
    Cables/IC's: Mark Grant HDX1 Pure Copper + Custom made Silver/Gold interconnects
    Mains Other: Tube Distinctions/Mark Grant 'The Power Works' Digital noise mains power filter TD2414-MG - Nick Gorham DC Blocker unit constructed by Mark Grant

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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    I'm not one who generally speaks in an immodest way, but from many, many amp trials with Tannoys, I would venture to suggest the big Radford would give the copper amp a run for its money ... if you are up for a shootout sometime...
    Lol... I'm sure it would - it's an excellent amp. I'll certainly bring the Copper amp down when I visit. Are you going to Scalford at the weekend? If so, we can chat and arrange a date

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Lol... I'm sure it would - it's an excellent amp. I'll certainly bring the Copper amp down when I visit. Are you going to Scalford at the weekend? If so, we can chat and arrange a date

    Marco.


    Sounds great Marco.

    I won't be at Scalford as have guests from overseas here ... I normally do a Tai Chi retreat at a Buddhist monastery the week before Easter anyway, so I've missed the last couple of years as that's been the date, only this year I've had to cancel the retreat as well due to the visitors. (There will be another one in France in October so I'll do that one instead).

    Generally speaking I'm around and I work from home a lot so can be flexible about timing as well. Would be really great to have you down. I'm 10min off the M3 J4 and 15min from the M4 J10 so fairly easy to get to.

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    Sounds great, Tom. We'll so something in April then, yeah? Will let you know when nearer the time, probably be nearer the end of the month. I'll bring a few toys down... Should be a good sesh!

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

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