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    The daughter must have been a cracker to get a present like that. Great find man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    cheers for the info Nigel,did you own one with a plinth? if so how did it fit? did it just wrap around the sides?
    Yes I did, the Rock just sat inside of it and it had two large diameter holes in the base for the cables to pass through. Probably better to have a custom made acrylic cover to sit right over the turntable tbh.

    Nigel

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    cheers,im just looking through the owners manual and it doesn't mention townsend at all.the company is elite gramophones ltd.
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M,Mordaunt Short Signifer,Monitor Audio R952 MD,Pioneer PLC-1700, DD,TT, Townsend Elite rock 2,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Ortofon 2M BLACK ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    cheers,im just looking through the owners manual and it doesn't mention townsend at all.the company is elite gramophones ltd.
    Must be a very early one then, what is the serial number, low 200 to 300 perhaps?

    Nigel

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    Hi Jamie,

    Excellent find, you are very lucky indeed!

    As far as I know, the Australian but Japanese made moving magnet Elite EEI 300H is an entry level cartridge with conical stylus from the seventies.
    King

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinylspinner View Post
    Must be a very early one then, what is the serial number, low 200 to 300 perhaps?

    Nigel
    i cant find one,the back of the plinth has nothing on it.
    it is very likely if the guy worked there that he got it 'out the back door' so to speak.
    here's the info from the box.

    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M,Mordaunt Short Signifer,Monitor Audio R952 MD,Pioneer PLC-1700, DD,TT, Townsend Elite rock 2,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Ortofon 2M BLACK ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    The daughter must have been a cracker to get a present like that. Great find man.
    lol he didnt love her enough to put a decent cartridge on!
    he has written on the box though,lots of love mario x
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M,Mordaunt Short Signifer,Monitor Audio R952 MD,Pioneer PLC-1700, DD,TT, Townsend Elite rock 2,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Ortofon 2M BLACK ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    also theres the letter H on the green on/off switch,i wonder what that means?
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M,Mordaunt Short Signifer,Monitor Audio R952 MD,Pioneer PLC-1700, DD,TT, Townsend Elite rock 2,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Ortofon 2M BLACK ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    also theres the letter H on the green on/off switch,i wonder what that means?
    That's the 'Hiroshima' setting. Press it and everything goes into self destruct mode. BOOM!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    First thing tomorrow morning i'll be bunging the alphason on it!
    I'm surprised you haven't just plugged it in to play it. I suspect that the front-end damping may level the playing field for tonearms somewhat. You could also try another cartridge to begin with.
    Cheers, Jeff

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