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Reccomend a good preamp for me.
My Shindo Monbrison is probably my favorite piece of audio equipment I've ever owned.  I've used it with a lot of different amps (all tubes, some SETs, an OTL, and some push-pulls, none of them Shindo amps) and it has been fantastic with all of th... 
SME tonearm rewire - holy cow
In answer to previous questions, yes the new leads go directly from the cartridge to the phono stage, which is a change from the original (mine is a 3009-R), which terminated at the base of the arm to RCA jacks and I was previously using an RCA to... 
High end stereo preamps? Worth it?
Shindo Monbrison changed my life.  I could barely afford it even used but have never looked back.  It added richness and texture that I didn’t know I was missing.   
What's the best and/or favorite piece of equipment you've owned? And do you still own it?
For me it’s my Shindo Monbrison preamp.  I had discounted the importance of the preamp in my system before I got that one about 5 years ago, even though I had gone through some good ones.  The Shindo just made everything sound better, full and ric... 
My pet peeve: "revealing" speakers
Based on this discussion, I think I’ve been using (and reading in reviews) the term “revealing” very differently than others.  I’ve had speakers in my system that were more “forgiving” in my view, and less “revealing” to me, in that a meticulously... 
Thoughts on the EAT C series tables
Interesting that you mention the SUT.  About a year ago I got a great deal on an Auditorium 23 SUT (not the Homage unfortunately), the one for very low output cartridges (so the one that matches best to the Orpheus).  I tried it as an experiment e... 
Thoughts on the EAT C series tables
Thanks Uber and Fjn.  Very helpful information.  I agree that the Amadeus does and awful lot really well and I’m not really inclined to replace it.  I just have that bug to try something new after about 5 years.  I’m sure you can relate.  With the... 
Thoughts on the EAT C series tables
Rekindling this old thread as it relates to a current question I am pondering.  Fjn did you ever hear the C-Sharp and how did it compare to your Amadeus?  I have an Amadeus Mkii and I love it but I’ve had it for 5 years or so and sometimes get the... 
If you could just pick one instrument that you think sounds best on your speakers
Saxophone.  On my Merlin VSM Black Magic speakers, it sounds perfectly natural and real.  When I put in a good recording of Getz Gilberto, for example (reel to reel or Analogue Productions 45RPM vinyl reissue), you can hear the spit flowing throug... 
EL34 tubes- alternates to matched octet for Primaluna HP dialogue premium
I had that exact amp for a while and had a lot of fun doing some shootouts with various EL-34s and KT-120s.  The clear standouts were the NOS RFT EL-34s and the PSVane EL-34s.  I could have lived happily with either set and they made a huge differ... 
New or used cartridge
I’m on my 5th used cartridge and have sold the first 4 as used as well.  I have had no issues whatsoever and have been able to buy cartridges I could not have otherwise afforded.  There is a risk for sure.  But that’s part of why you get them for ... 
Well tempered gta and Allnic 1201 which cartridge?
I used that same phono pre with a WT Amadeus for a while and did a lot of research and tried out a few different cartridges.  I went from the Ortofon Rondo Bronze to the Dynavector XX-2 to a Transfiguration Orpheus.  They all sounded great, but in... 
Best 845 tube out there?
I absolutely loved my PSVane WE Replica 845s in my Sophia Electric 206 powers 845 monoblocks.  They took the system to another level, particularly in the midrange, over the stock Shuguang 845 B (or A?  I can't remember).  I've since sold the Sophi... 
why no recent Merlin speaker reviews?
A tragic loss, but Bobby's legacy lives on, in my listening room and many others' as well.  I too wish Bobby could hear how good my VSMs are sounding these days with my recent switch to a Shindo Monbrison preamp and Sophia Electric 845 monoblocks.... 
I think I need more bass traps, where to place them??
I had great success with room equalization and did it all in the analog realm without spending much money.  I had a major issue with boomy bass in a small room last year.  I got an XTZ room analyzer Pro and it identified a big room mode at 38hz, s...