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    I am pretty happy with my Analogue set up, very happy in fact. Attached to My Satchmo Pre's Phono stage is my Hashimoto HM-7 Step up
    (kindly acquired from Tom of this Parish and boxed and fettled by Amp Regen), it is without any doubt a fabulous box
    offering much of what i'd wished my Vinyl front end would one day deliver. It really is very good.

    Anyway, David Coe of AD Audio (also of this parish) called me and asked if i'd be willing to put the mighty Japanese Step Up against
    his very modestly priced (currently around 170..ish) AD Audio Jfet MC amplifier.
    I, of course, said yes, if he was willing to brave the London traffic and drive from Wimbledon to Barnet, no mean feat! a drive that could actually take 3 weeks should one get the timing wrong, although only 22 miles door to door..

    Well Mr Coe pitched up last evening with a very plain box of tricks and Mrs Westlower provided a great homemade fish curry (bloody amazing)
    Whilst we were eating we fired up the Valves and let it all warm ..

    And so, let the battle commence!

    Playing my newly acquired Bill Evans Sunday At The Village Vanguard (UltraDisc one step pressing) ... Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab the Hashimotos delivered it fantastically well.
    The music flowed with real body, micro detail and pace. Bill In the room and all that!

    I switched boxes, Jfet into the Satchmo pre and sat back. I must firstly say I had a preconceived outcome already (stupid).

    Well, first impressions, and they are first impressions, WOW, WOW, WOW!! This little light-weight, battery powered box came out swinging and punching!!
    It delivered the music with such flow, great dynamics and musicality.
    It drove the Dynavector DVXX2MK2 with real pace, authority and feeling. An understatement to say, I was very impressed indeed.

    Does it stand up equally to the Hashimoto on this cartridge?, maybe not... but on initial impressions I wouldn't say there is an awful lot in it, in fact not a lot at all
    and we are talking about a serious Step Up in the Hashimoto HM-7

    I do know one thing from my first half evening with it...It's a complete hifi bargain. 170 ish quid!!
    A Stonewall no brainer for anyone needing to get a lot out of a MC cart, even if your budget is 10x the price, I'm serious.

    Further impressions to follow. Give it a spin, you will not regret it.

    BTW the Bill Evans? Sell your Granny or the kids to get one. Fuck, it's off the scale!

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    LP12, Kore, Lingo2, Aro, SKale / DV XX2Mk2 / WAD 300b Power Modded, Mesh Plate Valves / David Coe AD Audio 'Satchmo' Pre & Phono / Hashimoto HM-7 SUT / AD Audio 'Little Gate' Jfet MC Cartridge Amp / Tannoy 12" MGs in Chatsworth size cabs / Speaker Cables: Duelund DCA16GA / Rpi3 & Digi + pro / SW1X Audio Design USB-SPdif / SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 Signature / Interconnects: Duelund DCA20GA home brew / SW1X Audio Phono SPDIF AERO 6 / David Coe AD Audio Silver USB / Synology NAS Drive / Tidal HiFi

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    Hi, I noticed the Bill Evans on MOFI sells for around 250 which is bonkers! Have you compared this pressing to others and is it really that much better? It sells on Amazon on the "Original jazz" label for 50 which is a bit more palatable.


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    The head amp looks to be 250 on the link

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    Quote Originally Posted by martian sunrise View Post
    The head amp looks to be 250 on the link
    I think there are variations on spec so price isn't set in stone, i believe.. (don't quote me on that!)
    Even at 250, a relative Bargain.
    "lack of passion is fatal"
    LP12, Kore, Lingo2, Aro, SKale / DV XX2Mk2 / WAD 300b Power Modded, Mesh Plate Valves / David Coe AD Audio 'Satchmo' Pre & Phono / Hashimoto HM-7 SUT / AD Audio 'Little Gate' Jfet MC Cartridge Amp / Tannoy 12" MGs in Chatsworth size cabs / Speaker Cables: Duelund DCA16GA / Rpi3 & Digi + pro / SW1X Audio Design USB-SPdif / SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 Signature / Interconnects: Duelund DCA20GA home brew / SW1X Audio Phono SPDIF AERO 6 / David Coe AD Audio Silver USB / Synology NAS Drive / Tidal HiFi

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    I picked up the MOFI Bill Evans for 110 (through a dealer mate who has a direct link to the distributor) which although a lot, I believe is worth it, the OJC and the Jap reissues are not comparible I'm afraid!
    Personally I wouldn't pay 250 for it but if it meant that much to me and there was no other way...I'd seriously think
    TBF I've paid far more than 250 for original pressings of other titles in my collection, and not had them sounding anywhere near as good as the box set.
    If you pay thousands for your gear and the title you have always wanted comes up and it's the ULTIMATE pressing..then for me it's a must. Thats just my view

    Quote Originally Posted by Chivas View Post
    Hi, I noticed the Bill Evans on MOFI sells for around 250 which is bonkers! Have you compared this pressing to others and is it really that much better? It sells on Amazon on the "Original jazz" label for 50 which is a bit more palatable.


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    LP12, Kore, Lingo2, Aro, SKale / DV XX2Mk2 / WAD 300b Power Modded, Mesh Plate Valves / David Coe AD Audio 'Satchmo' Pre & Phono / Hashimoto HM-7 SUT / AD Audio 'Little Gate' Jfet MC Cartridge Amp / Tannoy 12" MGs in Chatsworth size cabs / Speaker Cables: Duelund DCA16GA / Rpi3 & Digi + pro / SW1X Audio Design USB-SPdif / SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 Signature / Interconnects: Duelund DCA20GA home brew / SW1X Audio Phono SPDIF AERO 6 / David Coe AD Audio Silver USB / Synology NAS Drive / Tidal HiFi

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