The simplicity of the presentation is really beautiful, if it sounds as good... As the poet said "A man's reach should exceed his grasp. O'er what's a heaven for?"
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Perhaps a look at the Rockport shown in the New York Times article on Thursday related to the work Sony is doing to capture sound from old 78's is worth a look. Seems there is a lot of stuff out there without tape masters, so Sony goes to the records themselves. Serious Sony is. Great picture of 'real' gear being used to get the last bit of sound from a record. Hopefully Sony will give us a list of all the gear, including the cartridges/phono amps being used.
I decided to drive to Newmarket and have a listen to 'Christine'. I will say I was very impressed. I do not know if I would ever spend that much on a table, and as luck would have it, Larry told me he was building a smaller, possibly better version. That was about three weeks ago.
Today I again took the hour long drive, this time with my favourite albums under arm, and prepared myself to sit down for a long listening session. May I say, without any hesitation, 10 seconds was all it took. The first album was Cat Stevens 'Tea for the Tillerman', oh my lord the goosebumps where overwhelming. Perfect pitch control, pinpoint imaging, and a rightness to the sound that left me speachless. Next up was Bruce Cockburn 'joy will find a way'. May I again say, goosebumps. The title of that album is bang on. Joy has found a way. Larry told me that resonance control in this new table, the 'Black Onyx', was being taken to the nth degree. No part of the table was being left to chance. This man is on a serious mission. We listened to Rickie Lee Jones, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jeena Lodwich and many more. Every album left me picking up my jaw. What impressed me as well, no woofer bouncing. We played Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, at really high volumes, and zero movement of the woofers. Having been a belt driven table guy for the last 25 years, I wasn't used to this.
I have gone from a Heybrook TT2 to a JA Michell Gyro Deck (mostly for the looks) to the Teres 340. As big a jump as the Teres was from the JA Michell, the 'Black Onyx now is from the Teres.
My deposit is given, and now I wait. It is going to be a good new year.