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  1. #1
    Join Date: Nov 2017

    Location: Vancouver, WA USA

    Posts: 3
    I'm Bruce.

    Default Greetings from the PacNW of the USA

    Hi Everyone:

    A quick introduction. I've been a music lover since I was a kid and forced to take organ lessons, which led to playing trumpet in the high school band and then piano and organ in college. I never considered myself a great musician, but this gave me a great appreciation for the art, which I've never lost. I have eclectic music tastes, though find myself gravitating more towards classical and jazz as I get older, and only occasionally dipping into my rock 'n' roll collection. Some of this may be due to the more laid-back presentation of the tube system I've put together.

    I tend to be pretty careful with my money so have been slowly building this mid-fi system over the years by purchasing quality used equipment (most recently a Kora Hermes DAC - awesome), and early production stuff like the original Decware Zen triode amps and ZTPRE preamp. At the moment I'm looking at getting back into vinyl after many years absence. Boy, this stuff is valuable.

    It's funny, I say I'm not listening to as much rock 'n' roll but the first album I want to put on as soon as I find a new turntable is The Who "Who's Next?"

    Looking forward to some interesting conversations!

    Bruce

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

    Posts: 29,448
    I'm Geoff.

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    Hello Bruce. Welcome to AOS.

    There'll be loads of folk with opinions on turntables. Try starting a thread in the Analogue Arts section and discussing your ideas.

    There's plenty going on and the members are friendly, so just join in any chat that appeals.


    Enjoy the forum,
    Geoff.
    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: Sep 2017

    Location: Northampton

    Posts: 63
    I'm Chris.

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    Hi Bruce!

    Welcome to AOS. I too started playing when I was younger (in my case, guitar). But I wasn't good. Like you say - it really does give appreciation of the experts at their craft.

    Hope you like it here

    Chris

  4. #4
    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

    Posts: 37,801
    I'm Grant.

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    Welcome Bruce. Nice dac..
    Regards,
    Grant ....

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  5. #5
    Join Date: Nov 2017

    Location: Vancouver, WA USA

    Posts: 3
    I'm Bruce.

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    Hi all, thanks for the welcome!

    I just closed the deal on a VPI Classic 1 from 2014 that was brand new, in the box. Won't see it before Thanksgiving, probably, but really looking forward to it. Next, it looks like the Dynavector 10x5 is a good match for this - unfortunately I just missed out on a "good condition" used one that included a phone stage. I'm wondering if I'm best off getting a new cart anyway, I tend to buy stuff with the intention of the long term. The cartridge and needle seem pretty delicate to me, and maybe a bit risky regarding past wear/abuse?

    Also just missed out on a nice Croft RIAA phono stage I saw referenced in another forum, rats! So I'm one for three at the moment.

    But it's... starting to look a lot like... Christmas!

    Bruce

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