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    The Valve System Pt 4 - Finally its back together again...

    Firstly apologies, this was written up as I was listening so you'll have to forgive the grammar and typo's.

    Things have changed, markedly since I last wrote about the Paradise phonostage. My deck has changed from a Garrard 301 to a Garrard 401, alongside
    a newer tonearm a SME v-12 v's a SME3012, a new plinth a Moldovan birchply construction v's a Martin Bastin MaxPlanck plinth which de-couples the Garrard's
    motor. The entire valve system used to run through a cheap, slightly modified 6-gang extension straight into the house power supply. I've now managed
    to remove this. The power supply into Pre and Power amp are now fed by a PS Audio P10, the Garrard 401 no longer uses a tachometer to control platter speed
    due to the fact it's very very stable at 33.3rpm after several minutes usage, so the P10 powers it. The power leads into all the components of the valve
    system have been slightly modified in that all the plugs have been replaced with Furutech and I'm now running Belden cabling. Additional attempts have been made
    to limit Tx vibration getting into the 401 with the pre and power amp now sitting on Bamboo/Sorbothane isolation platforms and the 401 having it's own Townshend

    isolation pods. The Paradise phonostage underwent a repair and had the following upgrades :-

    * Calvin boards getting hard mounted.
    * Full RCA to PCB silver rewire
    * New gold plated MS HD plugs for each unit.
    * New WBT silver RCA's.
    * Loading resistors changed to 0.1% tolerance.
    * New 5% tolerance trim pots


    The Pheonix Engineering Tachometer and PSU are now surplus to requirement and power my Garrard 301. The cartridge into the 401 is still the same
    Ortofon Royal N SPU. The SME V-12 allows for very quick and easy cartridge alignment which probably means the SPU is better setup than on the old
    SME 3012 it used to live on. The biggest (and most trivial) problems I have now are cartridge loading and anti-skate values. So how do things sound?
    Well, not that much different. I run a 60 year old pair of speakers so they are never going to be as dynamic as say my active ATC 50's. It would be rude
    to say that things haven't moved on because they have. I've had the new Paradise in for a while now so things should be bedded in. I've listened to several
    genre's of music. The presentation seems a little more polished, it's subtle. The overall soundstage still sounds very very similar, I'd probably say a little
    more defined and even maybe a little wider and deeper. Detail has moved up another notch I've had many "did I just hear that" moments. Things don't sound quite
    so edgy so I guess this is the "polished" aspect of the phonostages new presentation. The "attack" of the presentation has changed albeit slightly things appear
    a tad more laid back. So to sum up. I've lost some attack and edge whilst gaining polish, resolution, and a slightly more coherent soundstage.
    SS

    CD Teac VRDS25X(Audiotuned) DAC Caiman SEG+15V PSU+Dorado DECK 1210 Mat Crystal Audio Mods MN Base/Bearing/Platter+Ebony armboard Feet Isonoe/Ebony PSU Paul Hynes SR7EHD-27XL/DCSXL Ag DC lead/3 Stage Regs/Recap PCB+No Pitch/Strobe/Light ARM SME V(Kondo Ag Rewire&Tags) MC Cadenza Black FGS 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

    PRE
    Croft Epoch(Modified) AMP Sondex S100 (Modified) SPEAKERS Tannoy 15"MG+RFC Warwick cabs+ Reference XO DECKS Garrard301/401 (Bastin) Mat Teunto Bearings 301/401(Bastin) Plinth Moldovan/Bastin Arms 3009/3012(Ikeda Ag wired) SME V 12 PSU Eagle+Tachometer MC Ag Meister v2 / Royall N SPU's CABLES Arm Yannis 420.5 Litz+ Speaker 10mm Cu + WBT-0681 Ag IC Oyaide FTVS-510 AgWBT 0110Ag Phonostage Paradise(4 Box Modded) / EAR 834 Clone (modded)

    REAL SOUND


    PRE Radford SC25 (Mullard ECC83/82) POWER RADFORD STA25 Renaissance (Electroharmonix EL34) SPEAKERS Celestion Ditton 15 (Duelund Rewired/Jantzen Recapped) CABLES Speaker - Duelund AWG 12IC - Belden 8402+Switchcraft RCA



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    The Valve System Pt 5 - Monotonous!

    Today has been spent fine tuning. I've finally got around to properly aligning the Tannoys. I also decided to have a hunt around my spares box and found a completely unused Shure N44-1 stylus which is a MONO stylus for the M55E. I've picked up quite a few MONO LP's over the years and always intended have a specific MONO arm to take advantage of these recordings. So, using the M55E is quite versatile you just slip the stylus out and your away, no messing around taking off headshells. The Shure M55E+N44-1 combo is playing through my EAR 834P clone which has also been modded for MONO output. Here's a link to the N44-1 if you want more info snvinyl.co.uk/Shure-N44-1-Stylus-for-Cartridge-M44-1 I'm not advocating using this website but there is a great description with regards the various styli that can be used. The soundstage is very wide and I'm currently enjoying a MONO repress of The Doors - The Doors album, it sounds excellent and really showcases what MONO can sound like. I already own a Ortofon SPU MONO which I use with my SME 3012 but the Shure N44-1 is a great introduction into the world of MONO. I'll be certainly on the hunt for more MONO recordings and getting my Moth & Ultrasonic cleaner ready to clean them up!
    SS

    CD Teac VRDS25X(Audiotuned) DAC Caiman SEG+15V PSU+Dorado DECK 1210 Mat Crystal Audio Mods MN Base/Bearing/Platter+Ebony armboard Feet Isonoe/Ebony PSU Paul Hynes SR7EHD-27XL/DCSXL Ag DC lead/3 Stage Regs/Recap PCB+No Pitch/Strobe/Light ARM SME V(Kondo Ag Rewire&Tags) MC Cadenza Black FGS 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

    PRE
    Croft Epoch(Modified) AMP Sondex S100 (Modified) SPEAKERS Tannoy 15"MG+RFC Warwick cabs+ Reference XO DECKS Garrard301/401 (Bastin) Mat Teunto Bearings 301/401(Bastin) Plinth Moldovan/Bastin Arms 3009/3012(Ikeda Ag wired) SME V 12 PSU Eagle+Tachometer MC Ag Meister v2 / Royall N SPU's CABLES Arm Yannis 420.5 Litz+ Speaker 10mm Cu + WBT-0681 Ag IC Oyaide FTVS-510 AgWBT 0110Ag Phonostage Paradise(4 Box Modded) / EAR 834 Clone (modded)

    REAL SOUND


    PRE Radford SC25 (Mullard ECC83/82) POWER RADFORD STA25 Renaissance (Electroharmonix EL34) SPEAKERS Celestion Ditton 15 (Duelund Rewired/Jantzen Recapped) CABLES Speaker - Duelund AWG 12IC - Belden 8402+Switchcraft RCA



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