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Thread: SAPBO - Staffordshire Area Phonostage Bakeoff.

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    Join Date: Nov 2015

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    I'm Oliver.

    Default SAPBO - Staffordshire Area Phonostage Bakeoff.

    Hi All,

    A few of us have decided to try and put together a Phonostage bakeoff in the Stoke area. This is going to be a one day event so early-ish start and we can carry on till late. Venue will be the Hotel used for the MiBO event last year. More details on this will follow.

    Date: TBC (MAY/JUNE)

    This is primarily going to be an AoS gathering but we've got a couple of folks from LH and TAS by special invite.

    The List of possible phonostages in attendance are:

    LDA Jfet - on loan from MCRU
    LDS - on loan from MCRU
    Aurorasound Vida - MartinT (TAS)
    Audio detail NV-06 - LH member
    Vivant - Firebottle
    Wizard - Bigman80's DIY jobbie
    Croft 25 - Jimbo

    We are VERY keen to get a Paradise phonostage in attendance. If anyone would like to bring one please let me know.

    I also know there's a Tom Evans mastergroove owner on this forum too

    Any phonostage is welcome DIY, Unusual or otherwise.

    System used will likely be selected from the following components:-

    Technics SP10 MK2 with Kontrapunkt b.
    Slagle AVC passive pre
    Firebottle Monoblocks/ Krell power amp
    JMLabs speakers

    Again, if anyone has a better component for the system and wants to attend, let me know.

    This event is open to any AOS member but space will be available for any MOD or site owner that wishes to attend.

    Cheers

    Oliver.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard 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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    Join Date: Apr 2008

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    I assume you will be running MC carts?
    Mana Acoustics Racks / Bright Star IsoNodes Decoupling >> Custom Silent Media Server >> Halide Bridge USB (with AQVOX USB power) >> Pedja Rogic's Audial Model S DAC + Pioneer PL-71 turntable / Vista Audio phono-1 mk II / Denon PCL-5 headshell / Reson Reca >> LFD DLS >> LFD PA2M (SE) >> Royd RR3s.

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    Join Date: Mar 2008

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    Have a Modwright I could bring, depending on the date chosen.
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

    Hunter S Thompson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yomanze View Post
    I assume you will be running MC carts?
    Yes. Don't really want to spent hours swapping carts and setups etc. You Could alway bring a second TT for MM if you wish but some stages only have MC capability
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard 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 Ali Tait View Post
    Have a Modwright I could bring, depending on the date chosen.
    Yes Ali, that would be fantastic! As soon as I have some potential dates I'll let everyone know
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard 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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    Cart alignment takes minutes, especially with a Dr Feickert or equivalent.

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    Join Date: Nov 2015

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrus View Post
    Cart alignment takes minutes, especially with a Dr Feickert or equivalent.
    Not sure I agree minutes
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard 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
    Yes Ali, that would be fantastic! As soon as I have some potential dates I'll let everyone know
    OK cool.
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

    Hunter S Thompson

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    How are you going to decide which cart you are going to use then?

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    Join Date: Nov 2015

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    What do you mean? The TT and cart has been decided. Sp10 Mk2 and Kontrapunkt b. It's in the OP

    If someone wants to bring a more extravagant MC cart then that will be on the SP10.

    If someone wants bring a Second TT for a MM setup then fine but once setup whatever cart is on at the start, stays on. Not swapping until after the comparisons are done. Needs to have continuity.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrus View Post
    How are you going to decide which cart you are going to use then?
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard 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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