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  1. Tirebiter

    "New" Pair of Amati Homage

    I was looking for a pair of speakers that would be more visually appealing in my living area for one of the digital systems I run and came across a pair of SF Amati Homages for sale. The ad proclaimed that the speakers were an early model (serial #084) which suffered from a defect in the finish...
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    Post your Sailing Photos

    Interesting....I have never seen a jib-boom on a roller furl jib before...Nice!
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    Turntable platter-LP impedance match

    I agree on the importance of speed consistency and is the reason I believe switching to inelastic silk thread from a rubber drive belt was an audible improvement. Which is why I also think there are a lot of advocates for rim or direct drives. I have also wondered about speed control/consistency...
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    Turntable platter-LP impedance match

    Yes it does....considering how little material is used I was skeptical...but it was cheap and easy to implement so I gave it a spin...so to speak.
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    Turntable platter-LP impedance match

    From HW at VPI...his response to questions on what mat to use: I use three pieces of 1" wide black electrical tape on my platter now. Set at 120 degree spacing in the center of the groove area one piece is 1"X 1", and two are 1" X 2" with one of the rectangular ones 90 degrees to the other...
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    Turntable platter-LP impedance match

    I run a VPI Mk V platter on my TNT. It is probably a couple of decades old by now and is Delrin over stainless steel weighing in at around 20 pounds. I find that in my system, it sounds wonderful and is far and away the best sounding platter I have tried. The rage at VPI seems to be the all...
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    Hello from Texas and high up in the Rocky Mountains

    Welcome...Allenspark is just up the road a piece from Golden and lies on one of my favorite highways to ride or drive....enjoy the music no matter which locale you happen to be. Brock
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    Jumping on the bandwagon....sorta....SME 3009 R

    I have been keeping my eyes peeled for a SME 3012 R and ran across a 3009 R for all of $200. Yeah, I know, I would much rather have had a 12 but for only 0.2 units, I couldn't pass it up. Cosmetically a 9/10 and really does not appear to have been used. However, someone had decided to rewire...
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    Analog Magik

    Handcuffs??? ;)
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    Analog Magik

    Your sentiments echo mine. In the audio world there certainly is an obsession with minimizing unwanted variation....why else would manufactures build turntables that weigh in at tens if not hundreds of lbs, insist on speed control, spend not insignificant money on alignment devices, fixate on...
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    Analog Magik

    Yes, exactly...any normal alignment would be meaningless but can be revealed through tools such as AM. I would also agree that incorrectly oriented stylus would not be a normal malady, or I would hope so. Regardless, I think that AM on top of what ever normal alignment is used in primary set up...
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    Analog Magik

    Because it didn't give me acceptable results. As stated earlier, my current alignment is well outside the Graham parameters. I spent days trying to figure out why I could not get things right (according to AM data) and had been limiting myself to a fairly narrow window (although one could argue...
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    Analog Magik

    I would agree that I need to upgrade my alignment protractor....I used the paper out of desperation for I have nothing beyond the manufacturer's jig. So yes, a protractor is now on the list....my wife is gonna kill me yet, that or I have to relent and let her buy more shoes... ;)
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    Analog Magik

    Yes, the distortion figure is from test record output. Based on my observations thus far, I would say that compared to zenith, changes to VTA have very little effect on the readings. Raising and lowering VTA produced something on the order of a tenth to maybe 0.5% change in IMD, so my...
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    Analog Magik

    Yes it does beg the question....20% was system prior to making changes and did not conduct listening tests with just a change to zenith. Before jumping in with AM, the system sounded pretty good but couldn't help but think something was off. The short answer: at 20% VTA, azimuth adjustment was...
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    Analog Magik

    In a round about way I think it does but please forgive me, I used the term "yaw" in this thread earlier to describe zenith angle. Here is what I found when attempting to get my cartridge to respond to really poor initial VTA readings. I had confined my adjustments to within the parameters of my...
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    Analog Magik

    Yes, it works fine with Windows 10. If you are asking about AM, I believe they are located in Toronto....
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    Analog Magik

    I reasoned that he meant to have the clear template level, otherwise why include an adjustable leveling device However, his brief instructions leave all of that for your imagination to conjure up on your own. That and the fact that there is one design flaw in the jig (beyond the wiggly nature of...
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    Analog Magik

    True that! I could only wish I had a similar level of expertise that you have accumulated. Experience counts big time...
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    Analog Magik

    He specifies the ART USB because he developed a special driver for it. I have a PS Audio Nuwave phono converter that I used in the very beginning and it worked. I erroneously began to doubt the PS because of the issues I was having. Plus, I reasoned that if you have to use the AM driver with the...
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    Analog Magik

    In terms of using correlations of specific equipment and sound quality, I don't think that AM works that way. My understanding from Richard is that AM simply inputs distortions and the software measures the reactions of your cartridge/tonearm/phono pre combinations. That is it, simple cause and...
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    Analog Magik

    And the Graham jigs are marked on the clear template plate as to which arm they should be mated...
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    Analog Magik

    What I am saying is that after using AM to optimize the alignment, the stylus is in a location 1.7mm from the location specified by Bob's jig. For my rig, the jig simply did not provide results that were nearly as satisfying as what I have now. The measured results would seem to back that up. In...
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    Analog Magik

    David, interesting information. So Bob has taken an approach similar to VPI where the alignment parameters are a mystery. I will say that I was a bit mystified by Bob's jig. It is very clever design using the locating pins to take guess work out of much of the setup but the slop in the whole...
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    Analog Magik

    Exactly...I have see the evidence that the location of that tiny object is an order of magnitude more important than I imagined. Unfortunately, too much of what we read about concerning virtues of this TT or that cartridge are purely subjective opinions and observations. Sure there are some...
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    Analog Magik

    Christian, there is an old saying that says in effect; you don't know what you don't know. Granted I have some ok equipment but with me there is this lingering question about whether or not I have the analog set up properly. Unlike many others here, I am just jumping back into vinyl after a long...

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