bimasta

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3 head cassette decks
I gave up tapes long ago. Mistake. Back then, after several decks, an Aiwa AD-F770 won my heart. Aiwa is not a name associated with high-end; maybe they made a big push into the then-burgeoning cassette tape market. A friend was very high-end and ... 
What are your favorite upright 4-5 shelve audio rack recommendations?
I have a 5-shelf open-frame Salamander. I can't asses the WAF factor: even I don't find it very attractive. I 'chose' it because it was $10 at a thrift shop, without a scratch: sonic properties had little to do with it. All shelves are height-adju... 
MC phono cartridge lifespan (when not using)
I have a few NOS Fidelity Research MCs. They're probably 35 years old, and every one is fine (with no special storage). So are MCs from Dynavector, Koetsu, Audioquest — but that's just a few brands, and one can't draw a sweeping conclusion from it... 
Tonearm Advice Needed
When using a LOMC with my SME 3009 II Imp, I use a beefier magnesium headshell (16–18 grams, and also has Azimuth-adjustment). It's much less resonant. Its mass requires more mass at the c'wt end to balance, not too difficult to achieve. The great... 
Yamaha YP-D10?
Thank you Raul! It's great to see someone else recognize the superb tonearm on the YP-D10. I got one on a YP-D8 turntable (the arms are  identical). The TT itself didn't work, a real mess not worth fixing — but the arm was immaculate. After studyi... 
LP boxed sets - best storage
Boxed sets used to come with full-size foam sheets inside. When new they had some resilience. Their purpose was to fill the empty space and put some side pressure on the LPs, to prevent warping, as we do by storing our single LPs vertically side b... 
Is elliptical the best stylus profile
"Is there any correlation between stylus shape and a specific alignment method for setting up the cart?"No. Aligning the stylus has more to do with the record groove than the stylus. There is one position, and one angle, in the groove where the mo... 
Is elliptical the best stylus profile
Chakster's remarks are spot on — it should be published separately somewhere. I don't disagree with you that a good elliptical can equal a more advanced profile. Much depends on the minor radius. An 0.2 "reads" as much of the groove as the fancier... 
Who needs a MM cartridge type when we have MC?
Acman, I had an Ultra 400 when it was new and current. Loved it. I'd had the Shure V15 V-MR too, considered state-of-amazing at the time — but as soon as I tried the Grace F9E, I never used the V15 again. I had the IV as well, and considered both ... 
Would you use an Ortofon A90 on a Jelco tonearm?
Huge apologies Nandric! I love your contributions, and your sly worldly humor. I meant it when I wrote "I always enjoy your answers," I always look for them, knowing both that I'll learn something and have fun reading it. What did I say that cause... 
Would you use an Ortofon A90 on a Jelco tonearm?
@Nandric — I always enjoy your answers. You state above:"Yes, retipping the stylus is much more difficult to do than cantilever/stylus combo. Finding the right stylus which will fit in the hole of the existing cantilever is very time consuming."Wh... 
Hana SH vs ortafon 2m Black
I apologize, Johhny. I was venting. A few things about audio forums really annoy me — such as pompous ignorance and patronizing arrogance. You committed neither, I hasten to add. Many people read something somewhere, or heard someone say somethi... 
I have a Grace F9 Ruby and Signet TK 10ML on the way
I think you'll love the Grace. I've had several F9's over the years (sadly, none at present thanks to a burglary), though I should note never a Ruby and that might make a big difference. I also have the FR1Mk3F (and a spare NOS in the drawer) and ... 
Hana SH vs ortafon 2m Black
"I don’t have experience with either cartridge, but — "After acknowledging you don't know either cartridge, you offer a decisive opinion of both. How do you do that, it's a skill I'd like to learn... 
Maplenoll Setup
I have no experience with that table, let me make that clear — but lots of experience trouble-shooting.I'd suggest, as a first step, removing the filters completely, both of them — and connecting the tubing directly.This way you can determine if t...