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Linn LP12......That good??
The most ardent Linn defenders seem to be Linn owners. Are they defending their taste and investment, or the turntable? I'm an ex-Linn owner so I know it well; I was glad to be rid of it, though I kept an Ittok. 
MM or MC......Voyager Expedition
Almarg posted while I was writing. He's probably right. Different magnetic fields on distant planets might not affect a ceramic as they might a magnetic cartridge of any type. 
MM or MC......Voyager Expedition
Sheer conjecture. Given the date (1977, when MCs weren't mainstream) and the fact the NASA is American, it was probably a Shure. Also, it was not known if extra-terrestials had SUTs, though clearly they would have turntables. Everyone did.BTW, was... 
Best Ratios for a Newly Constructed Listening Room
Tens of millions of $$ are spent computing/engineering/constructing concert halls — and they're awful. They tried for 50 years to fix Lincoln Center, and it was never even close to Carnegie Hall (well, about 12 blocks). The best sounding room I ev... 
Who needs a MM cartridge type when we have MC?
A non-Victor question... I was given a Technics EPC-205-Mk4 cartridge, in the integrated headshell. Big problem — smashed cantilever. Otherwise almost brand new. The cartridge has a good reputation, but that doesn’t mean I’ll like it. I want to ge... 
SP-10 Mat
I'm not a "contender". I'm not trying for "best". I've used the SAEC mat for years and like it. I've switched to other mats, and always come back. Friends bring over the latest-greatest mat made of exotic materials, and it's fun to try them, and I... 
Tonearm microphonics
Fascinating thread...Infection wants an arm that won't "tap". It's his sole criterion — he could list twenty different strength and weaknesses of his tonearm, but he doesn't — it "taps", that's it, so needs a new one. His new one will tap too but ... 
Tonearm microphonics
Inna — I disagree with your comparison completely. "Try to dampen and guitar or piano" — this is irrelevant. Those are instruments designed to resonate and amplify sound from the slightest stimulus — a tonearm has the exact opposite purpose, to pr... 
Curved and Straight Tonearms
May be flogging a dead horse here, there've already been many comments and much heat. I listen mostly to Classical; many orchestral works end in bombastic crescendi — alas, they are on the inner groove, the most difficult to track. Achieving the l... 
Thales Simplicity tonearm review in Stereophile.
Larryi: "I applaud reviewers, like Mr. Fremer, who will actually stick their neck out and do a critical review...""Stick their neck out?" Do you really think "actually" being critical requires courage? If one needs courage to criticize a tonearm, ... 
Yamaha GT 2000 Turntable
No comment on sbank's notation. He must know you better.Funny, I didn't even see 'lyrics', I read it as 'lytics' because that was the context, it's what I was expecting. I'm getting lazy.I edited books for Oxford University Press a long time ago, ... 
Yamaha GT 2000 Turntable
Thanks Peter. I'm okay with all the work, up "readjusting the circuit" — the only knowledge I have is to know my limitations, and my only electronic tool is a multimeter. So I'll be taking you up on your kind offer. But it won't be right away; a l... 
Yamaha GT 2000 Turntable
Thanks Lewm for your detailed account — almost a John Le Carre tale tracing lost chips in the exotic East. And thanks so much for offering a new chip — I doubt it will be necessary if I do the recap — that seems to be the consensus.I'll admit, I w... 
Yamaha GT 2000 Turntable
I've seen your site before, Peter. Incredible work! My ambition at this point is far more humble — just to use this marvelous turntable again, and be sure it's not damaged. It's very reassuring when you say "I have never had one with a "chip" out.... 
Yamaha GT 2000 Turntable
Thanks Totem — I'm not a tech either. Anyone, please correct me when I'm wrong, that's why I'm here: to learn. I've used Variacs on older less sophisticated all-tube circuits — that seems to be okay. I know newer SS gear has voltage regulators, re...