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    • Over the next year the valve system is going to go through a major overhaul, here's whats planned.


      1. Garrard 301 - New idler wheel - Work in progress.
      - New bearing fitted - awaiting delivery
      - Maybe a new SPU

      2. Paradise phonostage - Upgraded to latest specs - Work done, now awaiting Tannoy XO's.

      3. Tannoy 15" Monitor Gold XO - Upgraded to latest Fidelity Reference Components Reference specification - Work in progress.

      4. Sondex S100 amplifier - Being replaced with Radford STA100 amplifier - Ordered and awaiting delivery.

      5. Croft Epoch Preamp - Upgraded valve and power regulation - This may not happen depending upon feedback from evaluation.

      Cabling will be staying the same. Should sound good.


















    SS CD Teac VRDS25X(Mega Modded) DAC Caiman SEG+Anker PSU DECK 1210 Mat Analog Studio Crystal Mods MN Base/Bearing/Platter+Ebony arm Board Feet Isonoe PSU Paul Hynes SR7EHD-27XL/DCSXL Ag DC lead/Jaeger(low-impedance) connector/3 StageRegs/Recapped PCB+No Pitch/Strobe/Light ARM SME V(Kondo Ag Rewire&Tags) MC Cadenza Black CABLES Arm Yannis SPD-4 IC Yannis 222 Litz+Ag bullets Power WAR PRE ATC SCA2 SPEAKERS ATC 50ASL STANDS Atacama PHONO Sugden Masterclass PA4 SUT Ortofon ST80SE POWER PSAudio P10

    Valve PRECroft Epoch(Mega Modded) AMP Sondex S100 SPEAKERS Tannoy 15"MG+RFC Warwick cabs+ Reference XO DECK Garrard301 MatTeunto GunMetal Bearing SPH Plinth Moldovan Arm SME 3012(Ikeda Ag wired) PSU NSC MCAg Meister SPU/DECCA Maroon CABLES Arm Yannis 420.5 Litz+ Speaker3mm2Ag IC Oyaide FTVS-510 AgWBT 0110Ag Phonostage Paradise


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    You might want to post some pics of your current system(s), so as to make your new 'system blog' here in the Gallery a little more relevant

    Marco.
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    I would quite like to have a listen to that Radford when it arrives and you have sorted out how best to set it up.

    If that is possible then give me a shout.

    Andy
    Analogue
    301 / 3012 / 2m black
    401 / PU7 / AT33ev / Highphonics SUT
    Puresound P10
    Digital
    Vortexbox, SBT / Teac Dac
    Meridian 506.24
    Cambridge CXC
    Amps
    Glasshouse TVC or Quad 34/44
    Quad 303; 306; 606 or Bel Canto Set 40 or NG 300B Set Monoblocks
    Speakers
    Tannoy GRF Memory.
    Q Acoustic 3020.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    You might want to post some pics of your current system(s), so as to make your new 'system blog' here in the Gallery a little more relevant

    Marco.
    yes I had realised, later today perhaps.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy831 View Post
    I would quite like to have a listen to that Radford when it arrives and you have sorted out how best to set it up.

    If that is possible then give me a shout.

    Andy
    Of course.
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    Valve PRECroft Epoch(Mega Modded) AMP Sondex S100 SPEAKERS Tannoy 15"MG+RFC Warwick cabs+ Reference XO DECK Garrard301 MatTeunto GunMetal Bearing SPH Plinth Moldovan Arm SME 3012(Ikeda Ag wired) PSU NSC MCAg Meister SPU/DECCA Maroon CABLES Arm Yannis 420.5 Litz+ Speaker3mm2Ag IC Oyaide FTVS-510 AgWBT 0110Ag Phonostage Paradise


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    Hmmmm the hunt for my camera lead continues. New Garrard 301 bearing turned up today! It's been installed for 30 minutes and it ain't getting replaced. It's that good.
    I've got the 301 running through my old Lentek head amp which in turn is sitting in the back of a EAR 834 clone. OMG, the sonics are sublime. I will post some pictures when I can find the camera lead.
    SS CD Teac VRDS25X(Mega Modded) DAC Caiman SEG+Anker PSU DECK 1210 Mat Analog Studio Crystal Mods MN Base/Bearing/Platter+Ebony arm Board Feet Isonoe PSU Paul Hynes SR7EHD-27XL/DCSXL Ag DC lead/Jaeger(low-impedance) connector/3 StageRegs/Recapped PCB+No Pitch/Strobe/Light ARM SME V(Kondo Ag Rewire&Tags) MC Cadenza Black CABLES Arm Yannis SPD-4 IC Yannis 222 Litz+Ag bullets Power WAR PRE ATC SCA2 SPEAKERS ATC 50ASL STANDS Atacama PHONO Sugden Masterclass PA4 SUT Ortofon ST80SE POWER PSAudio P10

    Valve PRECroft Epoch(Mega Modded) AMP Sondex S100 SPEAKERS Tannoy 15"MG+RFC Warwick cabs+ Reference XO DECK Garrard301 MatTeunto GunMetal Bearing SPH Plinth Moldovan Arm SME 3012(Ikeda Ag wired) PSU NSC MCAg Meister SPU/DECCA Maroon CABLES Arm Yannis 420.5 Litz+ Speaker3mm2Ag IC Oyaide FTVS-510 AgWBT 0110Ag Phonostage Paradise


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    Where did you get the 301 bearing from Andy ?
    Regards
    Brian

    Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment . (Rumi )


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    DAC 3 French DAC
    Amplifier : Rega Brio R
    Speakers : Tannoy 637
    Interconnects : MS Audio / Klotz MC5000 .
    Speaker cables : Chord Epic Twin

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian2957 View Post


    Where did you get the 301 bearing from Andy ?
    Brian, it came from Malaysia.

    Now for some long awaited piccies.

    The Garrard 301. With a SME 3012, rewired IKEDA silver wire, a Yannis Tome (off the menu) 420.5 litz tonearm cable with pure silver RCA's. Silver Meister SPU and pure Copper record weight. The deck is fed by the Pheonix PSU and tachometer speed controller which can no longer be purchased. DSCN3311.jpg

    This lot is fed into a EAR 834 clone MM phonostage. My reference phonostage, the four box paradise is currently being upgraded and repaired so whilst it's out of action I've been feeding the SPU through my Lentek head amp. It's the best noise the 301 has ever made. The EAR has x3 Mullard ECC83's (vintage) and sounds bloody brilliant.
    DSCN3299.jpg

    This piccie shows the Yannis Tome tonearm cable and also my Croft Epoch preamp. The preamp has been extensively modified by Nick Gorham. It's due for another round of mods this year. I think better valve regulation and PSU.
    DSCN3312.jpg

    The Garrard 301 has undergone a little (well quite large actually) upgrade in the form of a new bearing. I used to run a Garrard 401 bearing on the 301. Over the years I've gone from a stock 301 bearing to a Martin Bastin modded 301 bearing, then the 401 and now the Malaysian offering.

    DSCN3304.jpg

    And here is what the beast looks like when it's installed under the 301.

    DSCN3310.jpg

    More pics to follow when I get time.
    SS CD Teac VRDS25X(Mega Modded) DAC Caiman SEG+Anker PSU DECK 1210 Mat Analog Studio Crystal Mods MN Base/Bearing/Platter+Ebony arm Board Feet Isonoe PSU Paul Hynes SR7EHD-27XL/DCSXL Ag DC lead/Jaeger(low-impedance) connector/3 StageRegs/Recapped PCB+No Pitch/Strobe/Light ARM SME V(Kondo Ag Rewire&Tags) MC Cadenza Black CABLES Arm Yannis SPD-4 IC Yannis 222 Litz+Ag bullets Power WAR PRE ATC SCA2 SPEAKERS ATC 50ASL STANDS Atacama PHONO Sugden Masterclass PA4 SUT Ortofon ST80SE POWER PSAudio P10

    Valve PRECroft Epoch(Mega Modded) AMP Sondex S100 SPEAKERS Tannoy 15"MG+RFC Warwick cabs+ Reference XO DECK Garrard301 MatTeunto GunMetal Bearing SPH Plinth Moldovan Arm SME 3012(Ikeda Ag wired) PSU NSC MCAg Meister SPU/DECCA Maroon CABLES Arm Yannis 420.5 Litz+ Speaker3mm2Ag IC Oyaide FTVS-510 AgWBT 0110Ag Phonostage Paradise


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    Lovely 301 Andy, How does it compare to your Techie ?
    My System:
    Amplification - Sansui AU-919 Complete overhaul, upgraded, re-capped. Caps upgraded from 4 x 15,000 uf to 4 x 20,000 uf-inside original oval caps. All glue and 'black flags' removed
    Turntable - Modified Technics SL1210 MK5G
    Mike New precision bearing, bearing base plate, ETP Platter
    Micro Seiki MA-202 tonearm, rewired, hybrid ceramic bearings
    Ortofon Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge
    Yannis Tome 423.5 Silver-Litz tonearm cable with Eichmann Silver Bullet plugs
    Ebony armboard
    Audio Technica MS-8 Magnesium headshell, Ortofon pure silver headshell leads
    Isonoe Isolation Feet
    Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules), DCSXL pure-silver DC lead with Jaegar low impedance connector
    CDP - Pioneer PD-91
    Speakers - Mission 752 Freedom
    QED Silver Spiral speaker cable, Airlock plugs - bare wire amp end.
    Mains - Ultra Pure silver plated un-switched socket, Missing link EPS 500 silver plated plugs with Hi-Fi Tuning gold plated silver ceramic 13 amp fuses

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    That 301 looks absolutely beautiful Andy

    The bearing from Malaysia looks the biz mate , do they do them for GL75s .
    Regards
    Brian

    Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment . (Rumi )


    Korus Computer Audio music server .
    DAC 3 French DAC
    Amplifier : Rega Brio R
    Speakers : Tannoy 637
    Interconnects : MS Audio / Klotz MC5000 .
    Speaker cables : Chord Epic Twin

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    Brilliant I shall look forward to that Andy.
    Analogue
    301 / 3012 / 2m black
    401 / PU7 / AT33ev / Highphonics SUT
    Puresound P10
    Digital
    Vortexbox, SBT / Teac Dac
    Meridian 506.24
    Cambridge CXC
    Amps
    Glasshouse TVC or Quad 34/44
    Quad 303; 306; 606 or Bel Canto Set 40 or NG 300B Set Monoblocks
    Speakers
    Tannoy GRF Memory.
    Q Acoustic 3020.

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