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    Yes, makes sense, I suppose ... like the early SME 3009 having foam in the arm-tube.
    Anyway, glad you found out before my compulsive garden cane whittling caused premature blindness

    Quick question ... with your mono cartridges, do you play them through standard stereo settings, or do you need to press the 'mono' button on the pre-amp?

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    Default Miyajima cartridge - re-cantilevered in bamboo! Lots of mono fun

    Quote Originally Posted by petrat View Post
    Yes, makes sense, I suppose ... like the early SME 3009 having foam in the arm-tube.
    Anyway, glad you found out before my compulsive garden cane whittling caused premature blindness

    Quick question ... with your mono cartridges, do you play them through standard stereo settings, or do you need to press the 'mono' button on the pre-amp?
    With some phono stages you get a very slight ground hum with a single coil mono cartridge like the Miyajimas if you wire it up as normal using the four pins, so I used to get into the habit of pressing the mono button. I haven't noticed any hum with the 912 but when I remember I still do it anyway out of habit.
    Last edited by montesquieu; 18-08-2017 at 18:17.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N + Shure M3D Jico stylus; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0 retipped by Ana Mighty Sound bamboo cantilever, Spirit '78' 3.0 conical from Ana, also vintage GE VRII, Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Duncan 'Tuberhunter' 200w class D; preamp - Pass DCB1; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage SPU-GE; SUTs - Ortofon 2-15k & Bob's Devices; Phono Stage: Schiit Mani; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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    New arrival today - a Miyajima Spirit (mono) fitted with a 3.0 tip for 78s. This was a Miyajima I picked up with a missing tip, and again sent it off to Francois at Ana Mighty Sound for retipping.

    78s from different eras use a different groove width, with the very latest mid to late 50s examples requiring something like a 2.5. I went for 3.0 as a compromise so that I could get the best from slightly earlier stuff.

    And pretty stellar it is too on the post-war stuff - I put a couple of digitised examples up on dropbox (from 1946 so well out of copyright) - Count Basie and his Orchestra ... put flac, aiff and wav versions up there.

    What does this give over and above a regular mono-strapped Shure M44 with a big tip on it (like I generally use)? Nothing can really be done about the hiss/crackle, that's just the limitations of the format, but it's amazing just how much is there on the record - great mono separation (a big fat image on stereo speakers with instruments placed in imaginary space, and a lovely back to front presentation), pretty good timbre especially considering the high frequency limitations, and in many cases quite perceptible room ambience. Some 78s (well recorded and not worn to death with a steel needle - by the 50s thankfully steel needles were less common) really have a pretty good sound.

    The recording doesn't have any post-processing done but I have tweaked the equalisation using my Esoteric Re-Equalizer, which sits in the tape loop and gets clicked in when necessary.

    As expected the Miyajima is not quite so brilliant with early 78s, most of my Lieder is late 1920s to late 1930s and the groove width is bigger, so my Shure with a 3.5 or 4.0 tip is still giving best sound, or less crackle at least, though it's still doing its trick with timbre and room ambience. Of course it's much harder to get pre-War 78s that haven't been at least a little worn out in the 70 or 80 years since they were made.

    Anyway enjoy the Count Basie

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    Last edited by montesquieu; 13-02-2018 at 23:46.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N + Shure M3D Jico stylus; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0 retipped by Ana Mighty Sound bamboo cantilever, Spirit '78' 3.0 conical from Ana, also vintage GE VRII, Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Duncan 'Tuberhunter' 200w class D; preamp - Pass DCB1; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage SPU-GE; SUTs - Ortofon 2-15k & Bob's Devices; Phono Stage: Schiit Mani; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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