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ncdrawl
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A SCREAMING deal.

http://www.lpgear.com/Merchant2/merchant...tegory_Code=C2D got one of these sumbitches , and man it is fantastic. No major flaws to speak of...

it is for MM carts only, not MC.

I have phono amps that cost many, many orders of magnitude more, (my prized one, a tubed no compromise piece that was hand built to my exact specifications )and I can say without any shred of doubt that this gives very little up to them(a bit more fizz up top, a teence smaller soundstage, "what you see is what you get, no even order harmonics..."

anyway...I snagged 3 of them (one for me to play with when I go on vacations, and two more to give as gifts to introduce people to vinyl.

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Re: A SCREAMING deal.

Thanks for the recommendation Teddy - I've ordered one for a friend who's just about to dive into vinyl for the first time. If it's as good as you say then it's what the market has needed for a long time. I'll give it a run against my Manley 'Steelhead' when it arrives and report back.
I'll be interested as I gave up the overpriced, temperamental idiocy of moving coils after spending a fortune over the decades on the stupid things.
I now run a Garrot 'Optim' FGS with ruby cantilever for stereo http://www.garrottbrothers.com/, a Garrot Bros re-build Decca 'London' for mono and a Shure M97xE. Replace the Shure M97xE's stylus with one from JICO http://stylus.export-japan.com/sas.php & this combination becomes the absolute screaming bargain of the analogue world far outstripping many four figure moving coils. Snob owners of expensive moving coils refuse to believe this but that's their loss.
If anyone here decides to explore the M97xE with JICO stylus install it with a small piece of Blutac wedged between the headshell and cartridge body and try to load it with 57ohms rather than the usual 47. You'll be amazed ! ! !

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Re: A SCREAMING deal.

The Needle Doctor has run them at the same price on and off over the last year. MF said it was a pretty decent piece and for the money, very good.

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Re: A SCREAMING deal.

yeah, they are out of production now so I wanted to grab a few before they got gone.

DM, Ive been running it in comparison with my custom built tube preamp and also with a Sutherland. The unit holds up, very very well, though as I said, not quite as big/round/euphonic as my tube piece. Easily the smartest purchase ive made.

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Re: A SCREAMING deal.

What on earth are those three strange little clear plastic tubes at the rear for?

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Re: A SCREAMING deal.

Pure aesthetics, baby. the rods light up with a beautiful shade of blue and pink....actually did it that way for dark rooms/mood enhancing. the case work looks a lot different now too. the side cheeks and back are walnut.

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