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    ... and some more goodies from Mr Postman:




    Now the long wait for Chinapost and the vagaries of UK import processes ...... could be gone a while

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    CD Teac VRDS25X(Audiotuned) DAC Caiman SEG+15V PSU+Dorado DECK 1210 Mat SPH SSS 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 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

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    eBay tracking says the case arrived in UK on Sept 27 - expected delivery date Oct 15

    ... as if

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikmas View Post
    eBay tracking says the case arrived in UK on Sept 27 - expected delivery date Oct 15

    ... as if
    Yeah that's nothing new, welcome to the wonderful world of the UK customs service.
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    CD Teac VRDS25X(Audiotuned) DAC Caiman SEG+15V PSU+Dorado DECK 1210 Mat SPH SSS 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 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

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    Croft Epoch(Modified) AMP Sondex S100 (Modified) SPEAKERS Tannoy 15"MG+RFC Warwick cabs+ Reference XO DECKS Garrard301/401 (Bastin) Mat Teunto Bearing 401 Plinth Moldovan Arms 3009/3012(Ikeda Ag wired) 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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    Quote Originally Posted by mikmas View Post
    eBay tracking says the case arrived in UK on Sept 27 - expected delivery date Oct 15

    ... as if
    Looks like my scepticism was vindicated ... man with the red van rang the door bell this morning, two weeks ahead of given date



    All bits present and correct - and enough little screws in the bag for four more boxes

    Unfortunately, busy til Monday so will have to curb my enthusiasm for now .... unless not .......

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    Found an old slide from circa 1980 showing the amp in situ ... being fed by a (cosmetically modified) Uher preamp:




    ... the only Chinese import I had at that time being the little drumming panda - 'from little acorns' etc
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    Decided to start with the most tedious bit first and marked out the holes for the amp modules ... hate this kind of job
    Hopefully will find some time over the weekend to cut them out and drill the other holes required.


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    So found time yesterday to cut the amp holes and a new front panel as well as drill all the necessary:



    followed by a 'dry run' assembly:



    ... after that - some serious snagging

    (TO BE CONTINUED...)

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    Today was pretty much job done bar a couple of not very important decisions (pot or no pot, silver or black faceplate...etc...)
    Tested out for an hour or so in the garage with various speakers and, other than sorting an initial earthing issue, all went swimmingly

    The main problems I encountered during the re-casing exercise related to the rating of the toroid (220v or 240v?) and some concerns with the mounting bolt.

    I had measured the clearance of the toroid in the old housing and ordered the new case accordingly (knowing that it might be on the tight side height-wise).
    Hadn't reckoned on the case being just a wee bit smaller than advertised (to be fair they had put a size deviation disclaimer on the bay listing .... 'between 1 and 3 cm' )
    When I fitted the toroid initially on the dry run it was immediately apparent that it was just a smidgin too high and was flexing the top lid when I screwed it down.

    As the top and bottom of the case are simply screwed onto flanges in the side panels, I sorted this by adding strips of 2mm plastic at either side and top and bottom - creating an additional 4mm breathing space at the top thus:



    The eagle-eyed amongst you will probably notice the electrical tape liberally applied to the toroid mounting washer - just a cure for a bit of possibly unnecessary paranoia caused by too much reading on t'interweb

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    I mentioned already that I had some niggles about the exact spec of the toroid that I sourced from ILP (at the same time I bought the HY60 amp modules and rectifier board).
    I have the original spec sheets for the HY60 amp module and these mention two appropriate toroids for the set up - one for 120/240v and one for 220v.
    As I was living in Holland at the time I suspected that the one I had was probably the 220v version - however the model number on mine didn't match either of those on the spec sheet

    After some searching around various suppliers websites, I came across a UK based transformer manufacturer who apparently used to make toroids for ILP so I contacted him - got a quick reply but he couldn't help me out with that model number (although he did suggest an appropriate alternative..)

    Further searching got me the email address (tucked away on eBay) of the current owner of ILP who still sells the amp modules (although his main business now appears to be stair-rod related ...)
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/ILP-Direc...p2047675.l2563

    He confirmed that the model number I had given indicated a 240v primary ... phew ...

    Unfortunately while scrabbling around toroid specs and data sheets in search of info and knowledge I came across some scarier stuff .....

    (TO BE CONTINUED ....)

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