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  1. #21
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    I'm very happy with the GL75 already mate but I'm pretty sure this new bearing will be the '' icing on the cake ''
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    Finally managed to put everything back together again. I repaired the SME 3012 this afternoon and bolted on the new SPU Mono GM mk II and instantly noticed more rasp to double base strings. Vibes seem to take longer decay and hang around in the air a little more than what I'm used to. The 301 is playing through my solid state system at the moment until I get my Tannoy XO's sorted out. Paul @ RFC has now taken delivery of these and it should be 4-6 weeks before I get them which means I have that time to get the bearing and new Paradise phonostage mods bedded in. I'm now debating about how I can better brace the bearing on my 301. I'm also looking into how I can mod the 301 to squeeze a little more performance out of her. Ah, the quest for sonic nirvana continues...
    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


  3. #23
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    New PSU arrived today for the 834 clone, have some fun over the weekend putting it together.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Marra View Post
    They do Brian although all long versions are sold out.

    http://www.lencoheaven.net/forum/ind...?topic=25857.0
    anyone have the direct contact of the bearing maker? (not via LencoHeaven)
    Am curious to find out what else they do? Ta

    That turntable is lovely.
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    New EAR 834 RIAA board arrived today. Just getting the bits together for a "super" 834 clone.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by REXTON View Post
    Decisions decisions.

    I'm looking for some new ECC83's to try against the Mullard ECC83's from the 70's. I found these

    https://www.watfordvalves.com/produc...il.asp?id=4158

    OR

    http://www.hotroxuk.com/general-elec...751-valve.html

    OR

    http://www.hotroxuk.com/general-elec...n-12ax7wa.html
    Hi Before you pull the trigger on these valves you shoulg read this re 5751 valves
    /www.audioasylum.com/scripts/d.pl?audio/faq/joes-tubes.html#12AX7-3

    The prices quoted are a bit steep and also read up on rolling the valves in the 834.
    You can find the info on Wigwam.....sorry!
    I was lucky enough to fond a matched quad of JHS Sylvania grey plate from the 50's to inhabit my Hovland ............divine
    The later 70's versions are good but not that good
    Hope the reading helps but initially it confused the hell out of me
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    Quote Originally Posted by ovlov854 View Post
    Hi Before you pull the trigger on these valves you shoulg read this re 5751 valves
    /www.audioasylum.com/scripts/d.pl?audio/faq/joes-tubes.html#12AX7-3

    The prices quoted are a bit steep and also read up on rolling the valves in the 834.
    You can find the info on Wigwam.....sorry!
    I was lucky enough to fond a matched quad of JHS Sylvania grey plate from the 50's to inhabit my Hovland ............divine
    The later 70's versions are good but not that good
    Hope the reading helps but initially it confused the hell out of me
    Thanks Martin. It's always good to get as much info as possible on these things.
    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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    Well. I have been busy again and have ordered a new PSU for the Garrard.



    This is coming from Bulgaria!!! It offers my the same stability as my old Pheonix Engineering system but also allows me to play around with the Hz and Voltages going into the 301's motor. I've been playing around with a similar unit on my Lenco 75 and I'm extremely happy with the results so I'm hoping that this should also help fine tune the 301's performance. The EAR super clone is still progressing nicely and I'm still waiting for my new Radford STA100 and RFC custom made XO's upgrades.
    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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    New reference Tannoy XO's delivered.

    Ordered some of these https://markgrant.co.uk/audio-cables...t-0110-ag.html I got pissed off with some ground loop hum. I've been trying some Cu cables from Mark Grant and whilst they are OK they dont sound the same as Ag.

    Some pics to follow.
    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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    A few more changes to the valve system.

    Firstly the Van Damme 6mm has been replaced with 3mm solid core pure silver.

    DSCN3401.jpg

    The difference is immediate with this cable providing an instant improvement in clarity and delivery, gone is the lazy presentation of the Van Damme. I can hear instant improvements in Timbral delivery.


    A new pure silver power cable for the Garrard 301 motor and new speed controller when it arrives. Simple 1mm solid core silver in very light weight silver so there is no strain on the motor.

    DSCN3402.jpg


    New Tannoy 15" Monitor Gold XO's. These are now fully burned in and produce exception timbrel detail and really complement the new pure silver speaker cables.


    DSCN3403.jpg


    Last but not least. Just when I fancy listening to a MM cartridge. I have the now Super EAR 834 clone. This is still a work in progress but the results are stunning. This is the best MM phonostage I have EVER heard.

    DSCN3404.jpg


    So, I'm pondering a new plinth and maybe a new SPU, maybe for 2018.
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    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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