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Vandersteen 5A or Sonus Faber Stradivari Homage
At the risk of excess ego inflation(!), I have seen John in action and his expertise is immediately apparent. He's also 100% real. Fun to work with. Non-abrasive. Genuine. A trip and a half and he loves to turn on others. Great legs, too! 
Kora Amp and Preamp Repair
Your story reminds me of my AudioValve monos, made in Germany. They sounded wonderful when they worked, but ... poor reliability & costly repairs. Techs told me there were design issues. I took that with a grain of salt. But several issues wer... 
Kora Amp and Preamp Repair
Your story reminds me of my AudioValve monos, made in Germany. They sounded wonderful when they worked, but ... poor reliability & costly repairs. Techs told me there were design issues, which I took that with a grain of salt, but several prob... 
Amplifiers:A Keeper for Life. Do you know of one ?
Just another perspective: For me, part of the fun of this hobby is changing up from time to time. Tastes change, technology evolves, financial resources become greater or lesser ... I used to think in terms of "forever" but now electronics are mor... 
Which adcom sounds best?
I now have a 545 Mk II as a loaner while my AudioValve tube monos are being repaired. It's hard for me to come up with words to describe the 545. There are many words in the Eskimo language for snow, and probably as many words in audiophile langua... 
Hiface EVO, Wavelink, Audiophilleo
Pettyofficer, once it's set up, how does the Evo sound? I am interested in the 24/192 capability for storing/archiving LPs. I would be comparing this to a Bel Canto Lightlink, using the ST-glass interface, into a Bel Canto DAC 3.5vb, in a MAC mini... 
Rolling Stones Fans- I Need advice
Yes, Goat's Head Soup was the next album after Exile. 
Best 6922 for pre
I way too many tubes of the 6DJ8/ECC88 family, 6922/E88CC, 7308/E188CC types (except Telefunken -- I just couldn't bring myself to pay the price!). Very generally speaking, there is a fairly consistent "house sound" to Siemens (sometimes labeled R... 
Vinyl sounds a bit thin and slightly strident.
I have a TNT Jr. with HRX motor, an original JMW-12, and a Ruby 2. You have an excellent table and cartridge, so it should make beautiful music. Maybe I'm biased, but I don't think the problem is with the choice of equipment. My general approach i... 
Pream for EAD PM1000
You might try running a search in "systems" to see if anyone has the EAD piece you're talking about, or anything similar. Also, perhaps ask your question on Audio Asylum -- and run a search of systems there as well. There might be someone out ther... 
5751 tubes in Herron phono
Interesting Cmk! 
Just starting to learn
Regarding the two preamps, if you'll have the Adcom back soon, just compare it to the Carver for yourself. Another idea, sell both and buy a nice used tube preamp for around $1K. Yet another idea, sell the Carver and send the Adcom to John Hillig,... 
Set up for ZU103 cart and K&K SUT
I agree with both of the posts above. Doug's first point hits the nail on the head: why do you need a step up at all? I hadn't looked up the specs for your phono stage, but now I have. Your GPCH has several different gain settings and different ca... 
Set up for ZU103 cart and K&K SUT
I owned one of these and was a bit confused, too -- it's a quagmire for the uninitiated. But the ONE thing to read is right on Kevin's web site, http://www.kandkaudio.com/mccartsetup.html. I had to read it several times. I'm slow. The goal is to c... 
VPI TT - Scoutmaster, Aries or TNT-Jr?
I own a TNT Jr Mk 2 and have listened to the others. The TNTs have a different sound. (There's a picture of my table with the pics of my system.) They give a larger scale presentation of the music, a huge 3d soundstage, which I happen to prefer --...