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  1. #91
    Join Date: Mar 2008

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    I'm Matt.

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    Join Date: May 2012

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    I have added my name to the list of Houdini hopefuls.
    I will report back my findings honestly, as someone who has purchased this device, so I will evaluate it against what it has cost me, possibly in comparison to other upgrades I have performed.
    Kevin

    Too busy enjoying the music....

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    Join Date: Apr 2010

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    Hi Matt,

    I hope you are well. This year I have been investing quite a bit in my turntable and was really astounded by the Achromat I bought for my LP12/Keel/Karousel/Ekos 2/Lingo 2/2M Black. If I were to recommend one thing to Achromat owners, it is 'use the sticky circles' to fix it to the platter - this seems to reduce any 'micro-slippages' of the mat on the platter and massively improves the timing.

    The Houdini is intriguing me - but not sure whether it would suit the suspension of an LP12.

    In addition, I have some concern that the additional height would foul the arm on the lid of the turntable. There are a couple of potential options I see here:

    * Look for a shallow cartridge (which only really limits it to Rega cartridges, which I am not a fan of).
    * Find a low slung counter-weight for my Ekos 2. There only seems to be the Tiger Paw - but has not received good reviews for its impact on tunes. There may be other alternatives out there, but I have yet to find.

    Hoping to join the party when I can.

    BTW, as a potential idea to The Funk Firm - have you yet considered making a version of the Houdini that would replace the X beam in Funk arms?

    All the best,

    Andrew
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  4. #94
    Join Date: Mar 2008

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    I'm Matt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewR View Post
    Hi Matt,

    I hope you are well. This year I have been investing quite a bit in my turntable and was really astounded by the Achromat I bought for my LP12/Keel/Karousel/Ekos 2/Lingo 2/2M Black. If I were to recommend one thing to Achromat owners, it is 'use the sticky circles' to fix it to the platter - this seems to reduce any 'micro-slippages' of the mat on the platter and massively improves the timing.

    The Houdini is intriguing me - but not sure whether it would suit the suspension of an LP12.

    In addition, I have some concern that the additional height would foul the arm on the lid of the turntable. There are a couple of potential options I see here:

    * Look for a shallow cartridge (which only really limits it to Rega cartridges, which I am not a fan of).
    * Find a low slung counter-weight for my Ekos 2. There only seems to be the Tiger Paw - but has not received good reviews for its impact on tunes. There may be other alternatives out there, but I have yet to find.

    Hoping to join the party when I can.

    BTW, as a potential idea to The Funk Firm - have you yet considered making a version of the Houdini that would replace the X beam in Funk arms?

    All the best,

    Andrew

    Hi Andrew,

    A couple of questions and statements here so let me respond to each.

    Firstly if you like what Achromat does then Houdini is the same effect as Achromat multiplied by five! It's NOT subtle.

    Next: All arms resonate (Even Ivor's more exotic creations) and suspension of the LP12 has little to do with it. Houdini is suitable for ALL turntables even Linn.
    In fact I am pretty proud of the fact that I am the first person in the world to fit a Houdini to a Linn Sondek, (Ittok and Ortofon Red). And please allow me to let you in on a secret!
    You know that mastertape? You haven't heard it yet.



    Ray Cluer the owner of the above deck (both a friend and a funk customer) is currently on various Linn Groups extolling the virtues of Houdini.

    You will almost certainly foul the Lid especially with Ekos as it will need an additional spacer due to the shape of the headshell. Arthur will develop a solution to stand the lid off but not yet he is too busy.
    Me personally I would just get rid of the lid (or at least temporarily till Arthur fixes it) the benefits of Houdini is worth an occasional TT dusting session. For me it would be a no brainer.

    As far as deleting FdotX arms... Well not quite but Houdini has certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons even in our own camp. And thus in the future there is likely to be only one arm (final design as yet undecided).
    Right now even we cannot countenance recommending a range of tonearms which even we must admit having been levelled by Houdini. So we are not going to. One competant arm will be it.

    Sorry for the late reply I have not been on here for a few days. In fact is was Marco that brought your post to my attention.

    Kind regards, Matt.
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