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    Join Date: Nov 2015

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    For the first time ever, I am completely perplexed as to what to say about an addition to my system. This isnít because its crap, its because I canít think of a way to describe the effect it has had. I originally heard one of these on a visit to Phonomacís abode. His system is all solid state and I wrongly assumed that the stunningly focused sound he had achieved was purely down to that. I became suspicious of my own equipment, thinking I hadnít bought as well as I thought when I returned home and listened to my own.
    I borrowed Phonomacs AT33PTG believing the ZYX wasnít performing at its best and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Itís a Hi-Fi bargain BUT it didnít make my hair stand on end. SO, I went off to Jimboís for a listen to his system and heard this really focussed system that was incredibly revealing and focussed. I went home and felt like there was a huge change needed. I contemplated selling the Firebottle Monoblocks and the ZYX but I just couldnít see either of those things being the issue. The Slagle Preamp had a reputation for exposing the leading edge ďtoo MuchĒ (not the case here thus far) So whatís the issue!!!!!
    I looked at my Japanese Pioneer speakers and thought, ďAh! It must be thoseĒ. Jim and Angus BOTH have very excellent Speakers. So off to eBay I went but nothing took my fancy. I still wasnít convinced either. CD was still razor sharp and heartless so whatís going on here?
    I sat there for a couple of hours just thinking about how two totally different systems at Jimís and Angusís had such clear sharp lines and transparency and then it hit me, They had both waxed lyrical about their platter mat!. Jim had the VPI standard mat and loved it, Angus had a Tenuto and loved it. I decided to take a punt and buy something new. I found Guyís number on his Puresound website and tentatively enquired about a ďBĒ stock Tenuto Platter Mat. Luckily, Guy was a pleasure to deal with and we made a deal. A couple of days later the perfect looking platter mat arrived. I placed it on the SP10 like a new crown for the king. I let my Valves warm up and played the first track.
    Ben Howard Ė Old Pine
    It was a jaw on the floor moment. Nuances, Transients, atmosphere andÖÖ.FOCUS
    I played more albums and everything was improved. EVERYTHING It was a bigger jump in Sound quality than when I swapped the ZYX for the Ortofon Vienna a few weeks ago. A tighter, rapier sharp focus, zero smudge and haze, Higher levels of Bass definition. It was glorious!!! Mids are so much cleaner and thereís plenty of timbre and resonance from the instruments. Divine! Its such a big improvement. Its very transparent and neutral.
    I have never been so surprised by the difference one piece of kit has made. IMO the Tenuto is an absolute must have if your TT can take its considerable weight. Its made everything better without any downside that I can conjure up whilst writing. Ive lost no bass extension, no sweetness, nothing its all just so much clearer and well defined. I feel like my system is now 4K resolution!
    Its solved any issues I had previously and I am now hearing the truth about the system I
    I have no idea how these changes are the product of 5mm of gunmetal being added to the SP10 but there is no doubt in my mind that this is the result of the platter mat.
    There are alternatives, I havenít heard everything out there but I donít care. This is the answer. If you feel your platter mat isnít up to the task, I suggest you give Guy a call and let him fix it for you Ö. Permanently
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken & Tesla Valves)
    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 & Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class A Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Good review and +1 for the Tenuto.
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    I've spoken to Guy, but he doesn't think he has any of the B grade that he would want to sell. He is hunting through the hat l last 30 or 40 to find me the best of what's left but he hasn't phoned back yet so I'm not holding out much hope.

    He will be getting more in as he mentioned buying in new stock. So I might have to pay full price for a new one, but it sounds like it will be worth it anyway.

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    Sometimes one item can be the missing link between ok and extraordinary. Sounds like you have found it Oli.

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    Ah Mikey, thats a shame. He did take a good few hours looking at his stock for me so you never know. I would suggest at full price, it is well worth it
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken & Tesla Valves)
    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 & Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class A Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    It's definitely a very important part of the Jigsaw puzzle. The new valves in the Jolida should provide the last piece
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken & Tesla Valves)
    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 & Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class A Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    The new valves in the Jolida should provide the last piece
    famous last words there methinks....

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    Quote Originally Posted by smangus View Post
    famous last words there methinks....
    probably

    I am going to start looking into isolation platforms/feet but in terms of sound, I'm incredibly happy.

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    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken & Tesla Valves)
    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 & Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class A Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Question, whats Jimbo's standard VPI mat made of ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieGong View Post
    Question, whats Jimbo's standard VPI mat made of ?
    I have no idea! Lol.

    Sent from my EVA-L09 using Tapatalk
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken & Tesla Valves)
    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 & Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class A Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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