| McIntosh MVP 871 Upgrade Co. Sig. Upgrade pic|
Musical Fidelity A3/24 Upgraded by David Schulte pic
Genesis-Upgraded by David Schulte Digital Time Lens
Modwright w/power supply upgrade SWP 9.0 SE Phono Stage pic
Garrard 401 Turntable
TTW Copper Mat Tweak pic
TurnTableWeights VPI Heavy Brass Clamp Tweak pic
Dynavector DV 501 pic
Acutex LPM M320 III STR Cartridge pic
Acutex STR 415 Cartridge pic
Pete Riggle VTAF Tonearm pic
Denon Zu Denon 103R pic
Dynavector XX2MKII pic
Orsonic AV 101b Tonearm
Mint LP Best Tractor pic
Sonic Euphoria PLC pic
Valve Amplification Company PA-35.35 With Factory Upgrades pic
Genelex KT 77 Output Tube Tube amp
Audio Assemblage (Sonic Frontiers) SET 300B pic
Emission Labs 300B XLS Tube amp pic
Upscale Audio 300B Tube amp pic
Musical Surroundings Fosgometer Tweak
Tannoy HPD 315 w/Hard Edge Conversion pic
Auditorium 23 A 23 pic
Custom built crossovers Custom DIY Speaker pic
PS Audio Power Plant Premier Tweak pic
Audio Prism Ground Control Tweak
Synergistic Research Various cable models
DH Labs Silver Matrix Interconnect
Vibra Pods various Tweak
Mapleshade NanoMount System Tweak
Walker Audio Reference Hi-Def Links Tweak
Hi Fi Tuning Silverstar
Audio Metallurgy AG-0 Interconnect pic
DIY Danbuilt 1 Tweak pic
Quasi-DIY Velodyne/Eminence Subwoofer pic
I was listening to my system, after installing a Zu Denon 103R that had just returned from ESCCO, for their sapphire cantilever and Paratrace stylus upgrade.
This caused me to reflect on what my experience was after just returning to analog, as opposed to my experience now. No comparison.
To be able to install a new cartridge in 20-30 minutes, and have it performing at its best, is something that I couldn't have imagined back 7-8 years ago. It's a lot more enjoyable when you hear what's really in those grooves.
I sent my VAC PA 35.35 to the factory for a signature upgrade, as Kevin Hayes put it, it sounds very nice. I agree. NOS Mullard output tubes helped a great deal as well.
On the analog front, I sold my VPI Scout Signature, bought a Garrard 401 on Ebay UK, and set about restoring it. I had Frank Wyatt build the custom plinth for me. I bought a Dynavector DV 501 tonearm on Audiogon, and installed that on the plinth with my existing Dynavector XX2MKII.
My old modded Marantz DV 8300 finally quit on me (transport), so I purchased a McIntosh MVP 871, and had a Signature Upgrade on it by David Schulte, of The Upgrade Companany.
Interest in MM cartirdges induced me to try Acutex MM, so I have acquired an LPM 415 STR, and LPM M320 III STR cartridges.
In addition, A Zu Denon 103R has been added to the MC collection.
For the Modwright SWP SE phono stage, I purchased a power supply upgrade from Dan Wright, with a larger toroid, and improved PCB, which I installed, not a subtle upgrade, a worthwhile project.
One of the reasons for my Tannoy project was the potential for using lower powered amps, so the latest change has been to an SET 300B by Assemblage Audio (Sonic Frontiers), which, while it was at Parts Connexion for repairs, I had them upgrade with new caps and resistors. My Plinius SA 100 MKIII was sold to finance the SET, so it's all tubes for me now.
Mesh Plate 300B tubes from Upscale Audio, along with all other NOS tubes, and the new parts, have improved the modest SET 300B into my go-to amp, good as the push-pull EL 34 VAC is, it doesn't compete with the SET amp for what only SET amps can do.
My ability to enjoy music from this system is at an all-time high, and something I am grateful for.
Thanks for looking,