millercarbon, very funny. Of course, eventually I’ll be able to buy a better vinyl setup than what I have now but that will be a little while. Yes, you’re most likely right but I still think that vinyl is overrated.
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My digital rig is so much better sounding than my vinyl. Better soundstage, outstanding separation and position of instruments, tight and musical bass, rolled off high ends, rich midrange, superior detail and all while sounding analogue. As far as selling my vinyl rig, this will be the first time selling audio equipment. The phono amp I could post somewhere online. The Thorens is a different matter because of the shipping concerns. Then there’s the issue of pricing.
I have a Vinyl Set Up that is extremely satisfying to myself.
Vinyl is my Adult Life Long Interest.
I have a CDT and DAC as a Set Up, this is also extremely satisfying to myself.
I have only used CD for approx' Five Years.
I don't Compare either for their performances anymore, there is no longer a winner in my mind.
Either when I had carried out comparisons, were totally capable of producing a enjoyable experience, especially if one medium was allowed to have a extended playtime and not under A/B Comparison.
There are Two Sources each capable of allowing for a very satisfying playback experience.
I have an itch to see how a Computer / Streamer can perform, but don't feel the urgency to create the experience.
I feel very confident a DAC and Transport will allow you to keep on enjoying your musical encounters.
Your health comes first, you can always buy analog rig again. As far what to ask for your equipment, here is the selling history for your reference,
You can list your equipment here or on US Audio Mart (free to list once you sign up).
Let's say you get lucky and get $3,000. total. That's a lot, and it ain't a lot.
Let's go back to your setup? You mention Mono LP and Stereo Streaming. You mention a TT with a single tonearm with a Mono Cartridge.
A removable headshell I presume, with Stereo Cartridge mounted, ready to switch with the Mono headshell.
I did that for a while, however, it is a formula for pretty good, but not great. Each headshell switch involves changing MANY critical settings: and for Vinyl to sound superior, they ALL need to be very carefully correct. This presumes some tools and acquired skills, and time/listening/refinement, far from easy, far from quick.
That led me to two tonearms, Stereo Arm/Cartridge very carefully set; Mono Arm/Cartridge also refined setting. Now, switch Stereo/Mono LP's in seconds during a listening session.
Eventually, I realized, I could squeeze in a 3rd arm, for MM, to avoid wear to MC non-replaceable stylus for 'keepers' that are not so well engineered, the band's songs were great, but their musicianship not too special.
So, what to do? I say, keep what you have, refine your skills and very carefully setup for your Stereo Cartridge, compare that to your Streaming.
btw, what Stereo Cartridge are you using? MM or MC? Stylus perhaps worn?
I need to clarify that the only cartridge being used with this table is the AT mono. I do not own one stereo record nor any type of stereo cartridge. So that is special in some ways but also limiting. A possible alternative is to finish the anatomical sculpture I’ve been working on, get it to my contracted gallery and see if they sell it. But as you might imagine, the chance of this happening is precarious.
I’d rather keep my vinyl equipment than sell it so I still need to do some soul searching on this topic.
Is this to fix your goofy foot?
Sorry, could not resist, and I do hope the surgery you require has nothing to do with any life threatening situation. If the condition IS life threatening, you don't need our advice. You need to move forward.Your LP collection is downgraded in value for being all mono LPs, unless you own some of the most sought after mono LPs, e.g., the Beatles on Parlaphone, or something of that ilk. You might consult a reference, like Goldmines, to determine what you can get for the LPs. Otherwise, I would guess $2 to $5 per LP, if you can find someone who wants mono. The cartridge likewise is worth very little, and the turntable/tonearm is worth several hundred dollars at most. By far the most valuable item in your vinyl ensemble is the phono stage. Figure 60% of its retail cost.
Finally, I hope you do recognize the lack of logic in saying you prefer your digital source to your analog source, when all your analog listening is in mono. And your mono cartridge is very.... basic.
Yes, lewm, the limitations of my cartridge, lp's and tonearm leaves analogue at a great disadvantage. It makes since however to prefer my digital set up to my analogue set up given the inequity between the two.
The surgery isn't life threatening but it would help me breath easier while I'm sleeping. My insurance will only cover a part of the procedure hence the need for an additional $1,000.00.
If you're considering a uvulectomy, save your money. I had one 15 years ago and it didn't help much with sleep.
If that's not what it is, I can't give you any advice. It's a shame your analog and digital systems are apples vs. oranges. There is little debate amongst most serious audiophiles that good vinyl playback is best.
Septoplasty. I actually appreciate the resolution in mono, which is why I opted to keep it simple and keep stereo out of the mix. The other thing is that the Thorens tonearm is the weakest link and installing only a mono cartridge means that I don’t rely on the Thorens tonearm for azimuth alignment.
I would bet that we older audiophiles spent more time enjoying live music played by humans using real musical instruments than those who consider digital superior.
I grew up playing music in the middle of school orchestras. Surrounded by flutes, trumpets, baritones (which I played), french horns, violins, cellos, tubas, tympani, oboes and snare drums for many years (11 to be exact). When I hear instruments reproduced on an audio system, I can quickly tell whether they're convincing or not.
Vinyl does the best job of doing that, as long as the turntable/arm/cartridge combo is up to the task. Therein lies the rub. It's expensive to get great vinyl playback.
First off - yea get the surgery, but afterwards, give mono another chance. I have the AT 33 mono and it’s a fine cart - excellent for the money, but you need to step up to get the best out of mono. Mono soundstage is forward and back, up and down. It doesn’t surprise me a digital stereo setup beats mono - it’s easier to pull off. For mono the room must be perfect. For jazz - look into a Hana SL mono or a Miyajima. Also, a lot of pre-1957 is still using a larger stylus. The AT 33 mono is best with later repro’s or 60s mono garage. I wouldn’t give up on mono - it’s worth the effort.
I don’t even know how much to ask for the equipment or whether someone would even take an interest in it. Any ideas out there?
The main question is WHY someone should buy it from YOU and not from many other dealers or private collectors with reputation (good return policy or even paypal buyers protection), all these stuff available online. It’s not easy to sell vintage analog gear.
Probably if you can offer your gear for lower price or if your gear is in immaculate condition (with og boxes, docs etc). Otherwise who need a used cartridges and turntables from unknown seller with no feedback online ? Or you expect cash and local pickup ?
Same about your record collection, remember if you will sell the whole collection they will pay you very low price per record.
Anyway, even if you will sell all your gear, I hope you can buy it again, probably you can’t buy your record collection even if you want to.
What is the problem? If you want to sell then just try to sell it (it can take a long time), maybe it will be impossible and you will find different solution.