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    Like that
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    Very nice indeed!!
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    You win some, you lose some. Earlier today I managed to break off the cantilever of my Benz Micro Gullwing while dusting off my other turntable - the Thorens TD 147 Jubilee. I have regained my composure, but for a minute I was no happy camper.
    DIY DCB1 buffer / EAR 516 power / Quad ESL 57 (One Thing bass panels)
    Vinyl: Empire 698 / Shure M91ED+Rod Elliott mm stage onboard DCB1 / Benz Micro Gullwing SLR + Benz Micro Lukaschek PP1
    Digital: Synology NAS / JRiver on Win 10 PC / Nuforce S192U USB to spdif/ Line Magnetic 502CA DAC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosewind View Post
    You win some, you lose some. Earlier today I managed to break off the cantilever of my Benz Micro Gullwing while dusting off my other turntable - the Thorens TD 147 Jubilee. I have regained my composure, but for a minute I was no happy camper.
    oh dear.. travesty.... i hate when that happens
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    Lovely. But is Thule a real place? I thought it was only a place in Greek and Roman mythology ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosewind View Post
    You win some, you lose some. Earlier today I managed to break off the cantilever of my Benz Micro Gullwing while dusting off my other turntable - the Thorens TD 147 Jubilee. I have regained my composure, but for a minute I was no happy camper.
    Scheisse. That's awful. Have done the same thing but thankfully only to cheaper stuff.

    Can I recommend this chap? He's done some great stuff for me in the last year or so. http://holisticaudio.nl/services.html
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers with Tannoy ST50 supertweeters; Amp - Silvercore 833C monoblocks; preamp TBA watch this space; Vinyl: Schopper'd Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 9 inch and Ikeda IT-407 12 inch tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Miyajima Takumi, Ikeda 9TT, vintage Ortofon SPU GM and SPU Gold; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Miyajima/Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage Allnic H7000V used with Miyajima ETR-Mono and ETR-Stereo SUTs; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily enhanced AN DAC based on kit but aspiring to DAC5 spec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    Lovely. But is Thule a real place? I thought it was only a place in Greek and Roman mythology ....



    Scheisse. That's awful. Have done the same thing but thankfully only to cheaper stuff.

    Can I recommend this chap? He's done some great stuff for me in the last year or so. http://holisticaudio.nl/services.html
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    Yes, the place is real. As is the Empire 698 and the broken off cantilever ...

    Thanks for the suggestion!
    DIY DCB1 buffer / EAR 516 power / Quad ESL 57 (One Thing bass panels)
    Vinyl: Empire 698 / Shure M91ED+Rod Elliott mm stage onboard DCB1 / Benz Micro Gullwing SLR + Benz Micro Lukaschek PP1
    Digital: Synology NAS / JRiver on Win 10 PC / Nuforce S192U USB to spdif/ Line Magnetic 502CA DAC

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    YES!
    My insurance company will cover a rebuild done by Benz. So hat's off to them! I have to pay a small cover which is a very little price to pay for being a clumpsy fool.

    Otherwise, I have sold off my Thorens TD 147 Jubilee to a sweet guy from Spain who is trying to make a living in Denmark. I wish him all the best of luck. If I could give him a job, I would.

    I wil now give the Empire 698 a gentle cleaning and try not break any of the fragile lexan (plastic) parts on it. Then I will move it up on the dedicated turntable shelf above my stereo. When the Benz Micro comes back from the rebuild I will decide whether to mount it on the Empire 698 or to sell it for something less fancy. It will also depend on what phono stage - if any - I get instead of the Van den Hul "The Grail" which is currently for sale in the UK at a dealer's where it can be demoed.
    DIY DCB1 buffer / EAR 516 power / Quad ESL 57 (One Thing bass panels)
    Vinyl: Empire 698 / Shure M91ED+Rod Elliott mm stage onboard DCB1 / Benz Micro Gullwing SLR + Benz Micro Lukaschek PP1
    Digital: Synology NAS / JRiver on Win 10 PC / Nuforce S192U USB to spdif/ Line Magnetic 502CA DAC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosewind View Post
    YES!
    My insurance company will cover a rebuild done by Benz. So hat's off to them! I have to pay a small cover which is a very little price to pay for being a clumpsy fool.

    Otherwise, I have sold off my Thorens TD 147 Jubilee to a sweet guy from Spain who is trying to make a living in Denmark. I wish him all the best of luck. If I could give him a job, I would.

    I wil now give the Empire 698 a gentle cleaning and try not break any of the fragile lexan (plastic) parts on it. Then I will move it up on the dedicated turntable shelf above my stereo. When the Benz Micro comes back from the rebuild I will decide whether to mount it on the Empire 698 or to sell it for something less fancy. It will also depend on what phono stage - if any - I get instead of the Van den Hul "The Grail" which is currently for sale in the UK at a dealer's where it can be demoed.
    What dealer?

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    Choice Hifi.
    DIY DCB1 buffer / EAR 516 power / Quad ESL 57 (One Thing bass panels)
    Vinyl: Empire 698 / Shure M91ED+Rod Elliott mm stage onboard DCB1 / Benz Micro Gullwing SLR + Benz Micro Lukaschek PP1
    Digital: Synology NAS / JRiver on Win 10 PC / Nuforce S192U USB to spdif/ Line Magnetic 502CA DAC

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