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    Join Date: Apr 2017

    Location: Cornwall, UK

    Posts: 10
    I'm Geoffrey.

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    Hi,
    I'm Geoff, and this is the story of my life.
    I have always loved music and bought my first records in about 1962, firstly old rock and roll (Jerry Lee, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, etc), then Blues (Lightning Hopkins, Son House Memphis Slim, Muddy etc) which led me to Jazz (ODJB to Ayler) and later, in the early 70s I developed a love of Classical music, especially 20th century and opera.
    The first time I heard the term hi-fi was in about 1971, when I replaced an old Dansette type record changer with a Garrard AP76, Shure M75EJ, Wharfdale amp and Linton speakers. Boy, I can still hear that wonderful sound.
    I lived in London then and in 1974 I moved to Cornwall with a new wife and a new system Ė Pioneer PL12D (£45); Armstrong 621 (£76) and Kef R104ABs (£133). It was the thing in those days to pack the PL12D with plasticene to deaden resonances, and replace the Pioneer headshell with an AKG (magnesium alloy, I think) so that you could fit a Shure V15/3. I still have the old headshell, I donít know why.
    This system stayed with me until 1985 when I bought a Thorens TD321 with a Rega RB300; Ortofon MC10; Audiolab 3000A, Akai tuner and Spendor SP1s, and, later that year added my first CD player a Marantz CD65SE.
    In 2008 I moved to a small house and was forced to downsize. The Spendors went off to Italy via eBay and were replaced with ATC SCM11s. And the Ortofon MC became a Rondo Red.
    Then I bought a Roksan Kandy 2 to replace the Audiolab which I thought was getting old. But the Roksan needed an MC phono so I bought a Cambridge Audio RP640. Then the Marantz died and I bought a CA 640CD. But last October that started playing up and I bought a mint Marantz 6004 on eBay which pretty much perfected my CD listening. What an improvement.
    And then, for a while, there was peace all around.
    But, few weeks ago I was struck down with upgraditis, and, looking at my old Rega RB300, I thought, you need a re-wire and sent it off to Audio Origami. That was a very nice experience, and since it returned I havenít listened to anything else except LPs (I refuse to use the word vynil let alone vynils). Everything sounded wonderful again.
    But I still had upgraditis raging, and my eyes fell upon the phono stage. So I began to Google. And that led me to Jez Arkless. And that led me here.
    Hi.

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    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

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    I'm Grant.

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    Excellent opening post Geoff. We had similar tastes in musac back then. Big blues fan still.
    Hope you enjoy the forum and prosper
    Regards,
    Grant ....

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

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    I'm Geoff.

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    Hello Geoff. Welcome to AOS.

    Nice place Cornwall. I'm often there. Which bit are you in?

    Sounds like you've been messing around with Hi-Fi as long as me. If you have any further plans for your system, apart from the phono stage, we'd like to hear about them.

    There's lots going on here, so take a look around and join in the chat. The members are friendly.


    Enjoy the forum,
    Geoff.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Join Date: Apr 2017

    Location: Cornwall, UK

    Posts: 10
    I'm Geoffrey.

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    Hi Grant, Thank you. I listen to a lot of other things now but will always love the blues. Geoff.

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    Join Date: Apr 2017

    Location: Cornwall, UK

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    I'm Geoffrey.

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    Hi Geoff, I live between Liskeard and Launceston, just off Bodmin Moor. Thank you for the welcome. The phono stage is going to happen, but the only other change that is likely to take place is to replace the cartridge at some point in the future due to age. Probably another Ortofon MC. On the level of the Quintet Bronze. Geoff

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    Join Date: Jan 2009

    Location: Essex

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    I'm openingabottleofwine.

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    Welcome to AoS Geoffrey,

    Excellent introduction and first post! I think we have similar audio experiences and explored similar musical paths.

    Enjoy the Forum
    Barry
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

    Barry

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    Join Date: May 2008

    Location: Surrey

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    I'm Rob.

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    Welcome Geoffrey. I luv Cornwall. When I was small we had our holidays with my aunt, they had a smallholding between Liskeard and Launceston (she always pronounced it Laaarrnsen ) at Downgate (Kelly Bray?) There was a path up to Kit Hill just opposite their shack. Happy Days.
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    Join Date: Oct 2015

    Location: Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

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    I'm Ian.

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    Hi Geoff and welcome to the forum, great bunch of friendly people here. Audio Origami recently worked their magic on my SME3009, very good service from start to finish and big improvement to the sound.
    My stuff; Toshiba SR-370/Mission 774 /Ortofon Quintet Black, Cambridge CXC CD transport/Musical Fidelity X DAC/Musical Fidelity X10v3 tube buffer, Musical Fidelity A3, Nakamichi CA-5E pre amp, Acoustic Solutions FM/DAB tuner, Mordaunt Short Signifer, Klotz MC5000/MS audio, NVA LS5

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    Join Date: Dec 2016

    Location: Kent uk

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    I'm Martin.

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    Hi Geoff
    Wecome to AOS

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    Join Date: Oct 2012

    Location: NE England

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    I'm Jez.

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    Hi Geoff, Welcome. I got your email the other day BTW. Whenever you're ready

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