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Youngsters these days.
About 1/4 of my recent music purchases have been of music I already have on LPs (purchased just for the convenience of being able to use my streamer/server instead of the record player).  Many of the currently available digital sources of reissues... 
Youngsters these days.
jhills,Did you type this on an Underwood and have your grandson upload it to the internet?  I too, like my old CDs and LPs, but I find it more convenient to upload them to a streamer (about 5,000 CDs).  It is far easier to search my collection on ... 
How to properly set up a turntable
mijostyn2,Your very brief summary of correct setup is very helpful.and sensible.  The only addition I would make is that the perfectly parallel arm is the starting point from which minor deviations should be tried to find the optimal VTA setting b... 
SET the best?
I have a reasonably efficient speaker system  (99 db/w) which I run with a variety of low-powered tube amps.  Among such amps is an Audio Note Kageki, which is a 6.5 watt parallel single-ended amp running 2a3 output tubes.  It is a pretty good sou... 
How to properly set up a turntable
The only difficulty with the SmartTracker (I own one) is the requirement to find the precise location of the bearing; on some arms it is not that easy to do.  After you do that, and after locking the platter so it doesn't move (painter's tape or a... 
Tube Tester
I don't think you really need a tester.  I own an Amplitrex, but, it is on loan to a friend who owns many more amps than I do, does repair work on the side for fun and can put that beast to better use.  Others, above, have given great advice about... 
Who's done it besides me ?
Yes, scales made with ferrous material that can be attracted to the magnets in a cartridge can be a problem.  The only time I came close to damaging a cartridge is when the balance type of scale I was using had a ferrous beam.  What is really craz... 
Direct Drive vs. Idler Drive vs. Belt drive
Thanks, that is what I thought.  The motor then has the same issue with noise/friction, albeit attenuated by the isolation provided by the belt.  The New Way bushing looks like it provides effective isolation of the shaft from the bore in the bush... 
Direct Drive vs. Idler Drive vs. Belt drive
terry9,Did you install that air bearing on the main platter bearing?  Is the motor that drives your set up similarly equipped with an air bearing?   
Blue Hawaii tube amp
For my particular taste, the 009 is a bit too bright and analytical sounding; the 007 is better in that regard.  But, the 009 goes substantially deeper in bass, is more efficient and can play louder than the 007, so there are trade-offs involved; ... 
Most valuable LP
I don't know the value of anything in my collection.  I suppose the Mobile Fidelity complete box sets of Beatles and Rolling Stones are worth something (given to me as a gift from a friend who also gave away to someone else a Butcher cover Beatles... 
Who's done it besides me ?
I've never damaged a cartridge that way.  Nothing gets close to the stylus, except for stylus cleaning tools.  I would never use a perimeter clamp/weight because of the inconvenience and risk of accidentally hitting the stylus.  I don't have to wo... 
Blue Hawaii tube amp
When I got my Blue Hawaii, a good friend came over with several sets of vintage El 34's and 6CA7's.  I think one nice sounding pair was an xf3 tube, but, its been a while so I may be wrong.  I ended up liking a quad of Telefunken EL 34's, so that ... 
You could work for any manufacturer, past or present...
This question reminds me of a John Oliver comment that there is only one answer to the query about who, dead or alive, you would want to have dinner with:  It's Tucker Carlson, DEAD. 
What your choice speakers with spikes or speakers with a vibration isolation device?
Vibration coupling, isolation or absorption (turn motion into heat) are different approaches to tuning, which means that, to the extent they change the sound, such changes can be positive or negative.  That means you have to experiment to see whic...