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  1. #21
    Join Date: Jan 2011

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    What a great find!

    Don't dismiss the damping paddle - without it, the Rock is an ok turntable, but it's the fluid damping that really makes it something special.

  2. #22
    Join Date: Sep 2014

    Location: brighton uk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuN View Post
    What a great find!

    Don't dismiss the damping paddle - without it, the Rock is an ok turntable, but it's the fluid damping that really makes it something special.
    well this this morning i put the alphason on the rock and set it up,pushed the on button and sat back to listen.
    the bass is very well defined and overall appeared to be as good as my pioneer tt......that is until i added some damping fluid! my god that has transformed it,i didnt hold out much hope using the flud as on the 774 tonearm i had i made the 2m black sound dull but this is a different story here.

    there's a comment ive read on the net from someone who said its the closest thing he's heard to a master tape,well i can believe that,it just sounds so real,cymbals for instance are amazingly life like.

    i also today phoned townsend audio and spoke to a lady who had worked there a long time and actually remembers the guy mario,she couldn't believe it had been in the loft for 30 yrs and seemed more happy about it than me lol.

    i couldn't be happier at the moment,must stop buying now for a while and concentrate on buying vinyl!

    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 ,

  3. #23
    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    Don't get bargains like that here.
    Regards,
    Grant ....
    Sometimes incompetence is useful. It helps you keep an open mind.
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    IMUTO TAURUS X4 BATTERY SUPPLY. - RPI2B & AUDIOPHONICS DAC running MOODE 3.6- TONBRUX BATTERY SUPPLY & CHROMECAST2 AUDIO DONGLE no1 - JBE SERIES 3 SLATEDECK & EMOTIVA XPS-1 PHONO - DENON DV2900 & HEAVILY MODDED MF X10v3. BERESFORD SWITCHBOX. - TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK AMPLIFIERS. - XIANG SHENG DAC\PRE\HEADPHONE AMP. -AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-MSR7 HEADPHONES - WIN10 JRIVER22, SPOTIFY PREMIUM- OPPO PM-3 PLANAR HEADPHONES, KINPS CABLES, SMSL M6 MINIDAC, CHROMECAST2 AUDIO DONGLE no2 POWERED BY ANKER BATTERY PSU - FULL RANGE TWIN & SINGLE TELEFUNKEN's - TANDBERG TCD310 - CARTS.. AT95 Shibata, SHURE M55E original, JVC MD1029. - RCA CABLES BY BRIAN SPKR CABLES BY MOI HAIR BY MARCO FEET BY ELECTRICBEACH - MAINS REGENERATED BY POWERINSPIRED AND FILTERED BY BELKIN PUREAV.

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    Join Date: Sep 2014

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    im beginning to think there some kinda divine intervention going on here grant! first the signifers just down the road,then the 66's selling,i had another pioneer tt lined up as spares for mine coming from canada but i pulled out at the last minute,i just had a gut feeling,and then the rock turns up on gumtree for the same money.
    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 ,

  5. #25
    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

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    I'm Geoff.

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    If you bung the 774 on the Rock, you can fluid damp it at the cartridge and arm pivot. Twice the fun!
    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!

  6. #26
    Join Date: Sep 2014

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    nice thought but i got shot of it geoff,it just didnt compete with the alphason.
    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 ,

  7. #27
    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    im beginning to think there some kinda divine intervention going on here grant! first the signifers just down the road,then the 66's selling,i had another pioneer tt lined up as spares for mine coming from canada but i pulled out at the last minute,i just had a gut feeling,and then the rock turns up on gumtree for the same money.
    Yup, someone up there likes you not me though
    Regards,
    Grant ....
    Sometimes incompetence is useful. It helps you keep an open mind.
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    IMUTO TAURUS X4 BATTERY SUPPLY. - RPI2B & AUDIOPHONICS DAC running MOODE 3.6- TONBRUX BATTERY SUPPLY & CHROMECAST2 AUDIO DONGLE no1 - JBE SERIES 3 SLATEDECK & EMOTIVA XPS-1 PHONO - DENON DV2900 & HEAVILY MODDED MF X10v3. BERESFORD SWITCHBOX. - TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK AMPLIFIERS. - XIANG SHENG DAC\PRE\HEADPHONE AMP. -AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-MSR7 HEADPHONES - WIN10 JRIVER22, SPOTIFY PREMIUM- OPPO PM-3 PLANAR HEADPHONES, KINPS CABLES, SMSL M6 MINIDAC, CHROMECAST2 AUDIO DONGLE no2 POWERED BY ANKER BATTERY PSU - FULL RANGE TWIN & SINGLE TELEFUNKEN's - TANDBERG TCD310 - CARTS.. AT95 Shibata, SHURE M55E original, JVC MD1029. - RCA CABLES BY BRIAN SPKR CABLES BY MOI HAIR BY MARCO FEET BY ELECTRICBEACH - MAINS REGENERATED BY POWERINSPIRED AND FILTERED BY BELKIN PUREAV.

  8. #28
    Join Date: Sep 2014

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    another interesting thing is the original fluid has a colour and viscosity very like stp (the stuff in the can) geoff!
    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 ,

  9. #29
    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    I'm Geoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    another interesting thing is the original fluid has a colour and viscosity very like stp (the stuff in the can) geoff!
    STP is what I use in the 774!
    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!

  10. #30
    Join Date: Sep 2014

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    i know,thats why i mentioned you
    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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