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  1. #1
    Join Date: Mar 2014

    Location: Glasgow

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    I'm Sandy.

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    A few years ago my other half decided to redo the lounge. The hifi was not part of the plan, so I moved it into my tiny office. The Dali 104 floor standers went and the OTO SE phono has been sitting since then unused on the rack. I bought some small speakers, Linn Tukans, and a Kairn preamp and an LK140 amp to go with the LP12. It's an ok setup for a small space, but just lacks something that was there with the old system. Thought it might be the tiny room, so set up in the dining room. Not ideal as there is a hulking table bang in the middle. Still something missing so I think it's time to get some suitable speakers and fire up the valves again.

    I've been lurking on here and other sites looking at speakers. Amazed to see Goldring GL75s still doing the rounds (no pun intended). My first turntable bought in 1969. Brilliant. First started listening to LPs on my dad's record player - the all in one box job with the plastic arm. Then bought the GL75, an amp and made some speakers from a kit. What a difference. No idea what happened to the GL75. Probably took it to the dump years ago.

    Just shows what goes around, comes around (pun intended).

    Happy listening.

  2. #2
    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

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    I'm Geoff.

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    What are you considering getting Sandy?
    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!

  3. #3
    Join Date: Mar 2014

    Location: Glasgow

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    I'm Sandy.

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    Hi Walpurgis

    The original Snell-k and also AN-k seem to get a good press.

    The room is just 12ft by 12ft so might be a bit small for the J models but I could be tempted.

    They don't seem to appear very often in the classifieds and sell quickly so constant lurking will be required methinks.

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    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

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    I'm Grant.

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    welcome sandy. 4x4 isnt that small tbh and sure a decent set of standmounts will sort you out. maybe even small floorstanders. good luck
    Regards,
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    Join Date: Oct 2008

    Location: Glasgowshire

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    Rega RS3's or their newer versions work superb in smaller rooms.
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  6. #6
    Join Date: Mar 2014

    Location: Glasgow

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    I'm Sandy.

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    Thanks for the advice, Grant and Gazjam.

    RS3s added to my lurking list.

    Sandy

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