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Grace Level ll
Oh, please..."Oxygen-free copper" was and is a marketing tool.  And the Hitachi wire is at best nothing special, if not even inferior to some other choices, like pure silver, in my opinion of course.  Note that Hitachi is no longer in the high end... 
Grace Level ll
I remember when interconnects made from LC-OFC copper were a marketing tool.  I think Hitachi was one of the first companies to brag about it. Then many users (including me) found out it was no big deal in terms of any enhancement of sound quality... 
Hear my Cartridges....🎶
I love reading this thread, because you guys are so nice to each other, and the tone is so genteel.  Keep it up. While you were talking about single malt scotch, I was reminded of my dear friend who is also an Aussie.  Three of us, my friend Ian f... 
VPI Uni-Pivit Tone Arms
It’s perhaps notable that all the current UNIpivot tonearms that I know about have adopted some secondary mechanism for stabilizing the tonearm pivot.  That includes VPI, Durand, and Graham.  There may be others.  Most owners of those products say... 
Nasty Static on Vinyl
I missed the bit about the blue lead connector, which is why I was puzzled by the recommendation to change the cartridge clips. Mea culpa.The platter usually does not discharge the LP. According to Shure, the charge simply re-distributes itself on... 
What is the Best Tool to Measure Cartridge Azimuth?
melm, I hate to say it, but for stuff like this, the ears are woefully inaccurate.  To begin with, most of us do not have equal acuity in both ears, not to mention equal frequency response sensing, and not to mention room effects, etc.  And then t... 
Nasty Static on Vinyl
I'm puzzled, because the gain setting of the phono stage would have zero to do with static, and I cannot think of any other electrical phenomenon that would cause the noises you heard or hear.  Unless engaging the 67db gain setting switches into t... 
Nasty Static on Vinyl
I'm sorry. Are you saying the Artech Premium phono cartridge clips eliminate static charge build-up, or are you thinking that the cause of the noises is something else?  Thx.Just reading the thread, it sounds to me like the problem is indeed due t... 
Moving Iron Carts or stick with LOMC
 I agree with Nandric’s inference that one cannot ascribe  the good or bad sound quality of a particular cartridge to its moving mass. If that were so, it would be very easy to pick out the very best sounding cartridges, by just looking at the spe... 
High output MC cartridges
I’ve just noticed that “the horn” asked for comparisons between the Blackbird and the Dynavector.  He did not ask for opinions on HOMC cartridges.  So, I would say, first don’t buy an HOMC. There are many great MM and MI cartridges in the ca $1000... 
High output MC cartridges
In general I have not liked HOMC cartridges compared to any of many LOMC, MM, or MI types I’ve owned. I’ve owned Benz Glider (2 versions), Transfiguration Esprit, and a few Sumiko’s. Sumiko was just plain not good. The others are sitting in a draw... 
Moving Iron Carts or stick with LOMC
If you’re going to own more than one or two cartridges, you really ought to sample an MI type. All the foregoing suggestions are good ones. If you’re going vintage also  think about Acutex, Astatic, Glanz, and B&O. Most of these are high in  c... 
What is the Best Tool to Measure Cartridge Azimuth?
By the way, I agree that there is no need for a Foz if you have an oscilloscope and know how to use it (which many don’t). You still do need the test LP with 1kHz signal in one channel only. (Needs two bands, one for L channel only and one for R c... 
static Issues...anybody know why?
What should it do for me? What are you trying to say? Is this in support of the notion that the stylus rubbing on the vinyl causes static charge accumulation? I disagree that this is a major cause, only because it appeared after reading the Shure ... 
Nasty Static on Vinyl
Are you wearing leather soled shoes?  Is your system on a wool carpet? If either is the case, change the environment accordingly.  Grounding the tonearm is not so important as grounding the platter, when it comes to static electric charge build-up...