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    I dare say they are looking Far East for most of their sales.
    I bet they'll sell as many as they can make!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    I dare say they are looking Far East for most of their sales.
    I bet they'll sell as many as they can make!

    indeed.
    "lack of passion is fatal"


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    Astonishing Adam. I wonder if they'll actually sell any?
    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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    I went on Sunday and thought it was fantastic.

    The venue is superb as were the staff and because the rooms were spread out there was plenty of room.

    I thought the sound in the rooms was much better than other shows I have visited and the exhibitors I found very friendly.

    Some have commented that it looked empty but the stand is quarter of a mile long and on 6 levels. Ascot has a capacity of 70,000 so no wonder it looked quiet.

    Stand outs for me were KEF room, Gato, Monitor Audio, Henley with Klipsch speakers and the Chord Co speaker cable presentation. I enjoyed the new Cambridge Audio high end kit and Elite showing Manley amps.

    The vintage gear was good but a bit tucked away and Absolute Sounds was high class porn.

    I saw a bit of Fremer but it was easy to lose some sections. They may improve on signposting and central locations next year. I would also have liked a few show specials on kit as buying stuff at a show is always tempting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WESTLOWER View Post
    Nope!
    I had a very long chat about the SME / Garrad 301 with the chap who's project it was to get it up and running.
    It's actually 18,800...

    I was trying too ascertain where the dough is in the TT.

    Basically, it's a Stock oil bearing 301, No bearing change, No platter change, No power Supply.

    So they have taken a stock 301, stripped it, polished it, sourced the correct paint (apparently has lots to do with the sound stripped the linkage, recoated in less harmful stuff, new face plates held in place by the very very correct rivets which were very very hard to source, eventually they manufactured their own as all others were inferior (!!) .

    They have also recut the platter strobe markings on the platter.
    They spent an age recreating the exact Garrad mat with the correct rubber compound which he said is also absolutely sound critical... So thats the 301.

    The plinth: a 3 way isolation solid Walnut plinth, made by Spendor. (based on the Loricraft approach)
    The 3 isolation ways seem to be the feet, the metal arm pod within the plinth
    (no options other than an SME cut, although he did say it was a straight drop in for other 3rd party pods)
    and the inner top board which has some kind of isolation material (air-filled decouplers) between the main frame... Is that a posh name for a snazzy tweaked Squash ball...?!

    The arm, is the stock SME current production SME M2-12R (very nice arm btw)

    There are no deviations from this combo, no 2 arm options etc.

    Yours for just 18,800 guv! 4 month wait, guv.


    So they are just 'tarting up'/refurbishing existing Garrard 301s? What will they do when the supply of used 301s is exhausted - make new ones: and at what price?

    There is a well known refurbisher of 301s, who advertises here but auctions his work on eBay. I doubt if any of them sell for anything like a fraction of the asking price of the SME effort.
    Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    So they are just 'tarting up'/refurbishing existing Garrard 301s? What will they do when the supply of used 301s is exhausted - make new ones: and at what price?

    There is a well known refurbisher of 301s, who advertises here but auctions his work on eBay. I doubt if any of them sell for anything like a fraction of the asking price of the SME effort.
    I'm sure he does a better job too.
    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.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Marantz PM-4; Digital: CDP Sony CDP-X3000ES & Arcam rBlink; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT 1503 MkI broadcast arm, Ortofon SPU Classic GM, Ortofon 2-15k SUT and Puresound Tenuto platter mat

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    Quote Originally Posted by WESTLOWER View Post
    Nope!
    I had a very long chat about the SME / Garrad 301 with the chap who's project it was to get it up and running.
    It's actually 18,800...

    I was trying too ascertain where the dough is in the TT.

    Basically, it's a Stock oil bearing 301, No bearing change, No platter change, No power Supply.

    So they have taken a stock 301, stripped it, polished it, sourced the correct paint (apparently has lots to do with the sound stripped the linkage, recoated in less harmful stuff, new face plates held in place by the very very correct rivets which were very very hard to source, eventually they manufactured their own as all others were inferior (!!) .

    They have also recut the platter strobe markings on the platter.
    They spent an age recreating the exact Garrad mat with the correct rubber compound which he said is also absolutely sound critical... So thats the 301.

    The plinth: a 3 way isolation solid Walnut plinth, made by Spendor. (based on the Loricraft approach)
    The 3 isolation ways seem to be the feet, the metal arm pod within the plinth
    (no options other than an SME cut, although he did say it was a straight drop in for other 3rd party pods)
    and the inner top board which has some kind of isolation material (air-filled decouplers) between the main frame... Is that a posh name for a snazzy tweaked Squash ball...?!

    The arm, is the stock SME current production SME M2-12R (very nice arm btw)

    There are no deviations from this combo, no 2 arm options etc.

    Yours for just 18,800 guv! 4 month wait, guv.

    And ladies and gentleman what we have is a rip off. One of Audio Grails decks and a Bob C plinth and a nice arm will cost less and be better at a guess. SME are taking the piss.
    Regards Neil

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectral Morn View Post
    And ladies and gentleman what we have is a rip off. One of Audio Grails decks and a Bob C plinth and a nice arm will cost less and be better at a guess. SME are taking the piss.
    Having said that it's probably a better effort than Thorens's reborn TD124 - I snapped this at Munich, though nothing's been heard of it since.

    Essentially they have taken the design of the TD124 and built a relatively lightweight direct drive deck (my guess would be using their new 799 Euro direct drive TT announced earlier this year - their first DD for decades) around the shape. It has nothing in common with the original at all apart from the shape. Even the material is plastic rather than metal - only the two speeds (33 and 45), the on-off is a lightweight switch (not satisfying clunk), I didn't get to hear it but from brief encounter, disappointing. Though I doubt it'll be 18k!




    EDIT a bit more research and found this, it's 12,000 Swiss Francs - about 9.5k. https://nzzas.nzz.ch/wissen/thorens-...7?reduced=true
    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.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Marantz PM-4; Digital: CDP Sony CDP-X3000ES & Arcam rBlink; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT 1503 MkI broadcast arm, Ortofon SPU Classic GM, Ortofon 2-15k SUT and Puresound Tenuto platter mat

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    Blimey !!
    It seems they all want to cash in on the history of these great old girls.
    Shame.

    Btw something strange happening on the Image I posted of the SME Garrard 301 ...
    it’s Basically been deleted (not by me !) from Imgur ! Wtf!?
    Did someone’s cage get rattled!
    "lack of passion is fatal"


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    Quote Originally Posted by WESTLOWER View Post
    Blimey !!
    It seems they all want to cash in on the history of these great old girls.
    Shame.

    Btw something strange happening on the Image I posted of the SME Garrard 301 ...
    it’s Basically been deleted (not by me !) from Imgur ! Wtf!?
    Did someone’s cage get rattled!
    Strange! There is a video of it on youtube from Munich

    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.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Marantz PM-4; Digital: CDP Sony CDP-X3000ES & Arcam rBlink; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT 1503 MkI broadcast arm, Ortofon SPU Classic GM, Ortofon 2-15k SUT and Puresound Tenuto platter mat

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