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    Join Date: Apr 2019

    Location: Bristol UK

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    I'm Roger.

    Default Hello from south Bristol UK

    In 1958 my old dad set up his first stereo system - Lenco TT, Tripletone pre and 15W monoblocs, great big built in corner speakers with Whafedale drivers and sand filled baffles - and I have been hooked ever since! These days I am a Decca/Radford junkie and the current system comprises a custom built TT (not by me) viz: Decca Supergold (re-tipped by the late lamented Garrott brothers) in a chunky one-off unipivot tonearm, very nicely engineered (again - not by me), with an externally driven Garrard 401 platter in a seriously hefty concrete plinth. Then it's Radford all the way (well this is Bristol, after all!) SC24 pre-amp, Renaissance STA 35 (Woodside), Studio 90 transmission lines, Radford (Woodside) CD player.

    However, I also love to hear what people heard throughout the history of recorded music. So I have a variety of players from very early through to the 70s - Deccas from the 'Trench' gramophone to the extraordinary SG188 of 1958, a 40s Columbia rim drive, Philips' minimalist 'umbrella spindle' autochanger from the 60s, all (I think) of the cartridges Decca made etc. I can't resist something odd that I have never heard. Some I keep - some I restore and sell. Claim to fame? The root and branch restoration of a legendary Decca Stereo Deccola (1959) now resident in Japan, where I believe they sacrifice small mammals to it before switching on!!

    The username comes from the fact that I spent about 20 years teaching people to ride horses in our trail riding centre in the Welsh mountains. Jobs that actually supplied me with enough money to live on included - analytical organic chemist, AVA and theatre technician, offset litho printer, secondary teacher, education consultant (ESOL) and college lecturer - now retired.

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    Join Date: Dec 2016

    Location: Kent uk

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    I'm Martin.


    Hi Roger. Welcome to AOS

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    Join Date: Dec 2018

    Location: Torquay, Devon.

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    I'm Shane.


    Howdy! Welcome to AOS.

    Have fun.

    Shane Lonergan.

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

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    I'm Geoff.


    Hello Roger. Welcome to AOS.

    That's an interesting intro. I'm sure members would appreciate photos of your system, we have a Gallery if you'd like to post some.

    It must be forty years since I saw any Studio 90 speakers. They are very rare now.

    You'll find a lot going on here and great interest in vintage equipment. Feel free to join in the chat.

    Enjoy the forum,
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    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Forest of Dean, Glos

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    I'm Jerry.


    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Hello Roger. Welcome to AOS.

    That's an interesting intro. I'm sure members would appreciate photos of your system, we have a Gallery if you'd like to post some.
    Yes, welcome to the forum.

    I'm sure there are many folk here who would love to see photos of your system.

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    Join Date: Nov 2008

    Location: North Down /Northern Ireland/ UK

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    I'm Neil.


    Welcome to AoS
    Regards Neil

    System 1 (Living Room) : Vinyl: AMG Giro Turntable, AMG Giro Reference PSU, AMG 9W2 Tonearm, AMG Reference Armcable, Air Tight PC3 MC Cartridge PhonoStage: Passlabs Xono Digital: Esoteric P5 SACD Transport and Esoteric P 5 DAC, Sony HAP Z1es Digital File Player + Audioquest Jitter Bug, Computer Audio: Veracity Audio Mystra DAC + HP laptop + iFi Audio i Power, Wireworld Starlight USB + Audioquest Jitter Bug Tuner:Kenwood KT 7020 Cassette Tape: Nakamichi CR5e Amplification: Pre-Amplifier Meridian G02 Power-Amplifier Meridian G56 Speakers: Anthony Gallo Reference 3.1 Audio Cabling: Signal - Atlas Mavros, Audience AU24 Speaker - Atlas Mavros. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, Analysis Plus, TCI. Mains Distribution: Mark Grant Distribution Blocks, Mark Grant DC Blocker Equipment Tables: Target Audio B series + Track Audio Isolation Spikes Isolation/ Platforms: Bright Star Audio Isonodes, BASE 01, SSC Platforms.

    System 2 (Music Room) : Vinyl: Turntable 1 Loricraft Garrard 401 Turntable + SME 5 Tonearm, Graham IC70 Tonearm Cable + VDH MC10 cartridge Turntable 2 Modified Technics 1200 turntable + Triplannar 7 Tonearm + VDH Frog Gold Cartridge + Paul Hynes SR7 PSU Turntable 3 SME Model 20 Turntable + Graham Phantom Tonearm + Graham IC70 Tonearm Cable, Ortofon MC5200 Cartridge PhonoStage: Balanced Audio Technology VK10se Digital: Moon Andromeda CD Player, Toshiba 9500 DVD Audio Player Computer Audio: AMR DP777 DAC + Dell Laptop + iFi Audio i Power + JKenny JKSPIDIF + Wireworld Starlight USB Tuners: Kenwood 8300 Tuner, Revox B760 Tuner, Leak Troughline Tuner + EAR Stereo Decoder, Magnum Dynalab Signal Sleuth FM Amplifier ReelToReel Tape: Revox B77 mk 2, Revox A77 mk3, Sony TC-377 Cassette Tape: Nakamichi DR10 Pre-Amplifier: Balanced Audio Technology VK52se Power-Amplifier: Music Reference RM200 mk1 Speakers: Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 Audio Cabling: Signal - Audience AU24, Kimber KCAG, Audio Note ANVs, Barry Hunt Cables Speaker - XLO Type 6. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, TCI. Mains Distribution: Mark Grant and Russ Andrews Equipment Tables: Clear Light Audio Aspekt Tacks Isolation/Platform: SSC, Bright Star Audio Isonodes, Naim Frame Record Cleaner: Hanns Audio

    System 3 (Bed Room) - CD Player Marantz CD7, Headphone Amplifier: Audio Valve RKV2 OTL Valve Headphones: Grado GS 1000, Sennheiser 560 Ovation2, Sennheiser 410SL

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    Join Date: Apr 2019

    Location: Bristol UK

    Posts: 4
    I'm Roger.


    I'll dig out some photos - thanks for the responses.

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    Join Date: Apr 2019

    Location: Bristol UK

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    I'm Roger.


    I tried and looked at the tutorials - I don't use hosting sites - any way of uploading from my PC?

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    Join Date: Jan 2013

    Location: Bristol

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    I'm Justin.


    If you PM me with the photos I will post them for you.

    From Portishead, so not far for them to go LOL.
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  10. #10
    Join Date: Apr 2019

    Location: Bristol UK

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    I'm Roger.


    That's a kind offer - thanks.

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