oilmanmojo

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please help! which turntable , michell gyro se ,, pro ject rpm 10 carbon ,, avid diva 2 ?
The Gyro can be upgraded over time with the ORBE platter and other amenities. It is a good table. I gave mine to my daughter as her first table and it continues to serve her well. Rega tonearm or the modded TechnoArm (rega modded by michell) is a ... 
Gotta love Nelson Pass
I have only owned the Pass XA30.8 and XP10 so my experience with all of the products are limited, but after spending quite a bit of his time discussing my desires/concerns with him, i recognized that he is not only a brilliant technical wizard, bu... 
Phono Stage Recommendation $3000
Two SS phono stages that i have used are the ZYX artisan and the RCM sensor II and both in this price range (or close). I used the ZYX with my UNIverse cartridge on my Maplenoll Apollo for several years, but when got my UNIverse ll, i moved on to ... 
Why do turntables sound different?
Interesting thread. We all know table/arm combo's will sound different. I liken it to global climate change. We all know its going on but it is difficult if not impossible to distinctly say why. There are a lot of factors. I tend to like the high ... 
Maplenoll Setup
Neal--Where do you live? if you are reasonably close to Indianapolis, i will see if i can come by. If not, shoot me a couple of pictures of your set up and then we can work through the troubleshooting. I had been out of touch recently with vacatio... 
What's been your turntable ownership over the years?
Zenith HiFi with Cobra arm--1955 vintage--fathers turntable/amp/speaker comboBSR--dont remember modelDual 701 Shure V15 type iiDual 721 Shure V15 type iiiDenon 47f Shure V15 type iiiMitchell Gyrodec--VDH FrogMaplenoll Ariadne reference--ZYX Airy3M... 
Pass Labs
Like many other manufacturers, Pass Labs has entry level and Higher priced equipment. I own the xa30.8 amp and xp10 preamp by Pass. Now they are not cheap by any means but they are not in the lead of the op's note. as others have stated, Nelson's ... 
High mass vs Low Mass Turntables - Sound difference?
I have compared my Michell gyro with Rega tonearm with my Maplenoll Ariadne Reference and my Maplenoll Apollo using the same cartridge (ZXY Airy 3s) before i gave the gyro to my daughter. please note, lots of differences besides the "mass" but the... 
Distortion mystery -- MC cart mistracking? / transformer / head amp input saturation??
this is an interesting issue. I am very alert to distortion and will study it until i figure it out. (OCD for me). I have found that the first culprit usually is gunk on the cartridge which you indicated you checked. If you have a good magnifying ... 
Have you ever tried a pair of speakers and said this Is the last thing I will ever need.
i haven't changed speakers too much over the years and not once after i got my Klipschorns set up about 15 years ago. These were always my top of the hill, and was very pleased with them. Not everyone likes Khorns but to me, they always filled my ... 
How much gain is needed in a Phono Preamp for a 0.2 to 0.3mv low output moving coil?
i went with the RCM sensor II which worked well with my ZYX Universe II lomc. I had been using the ZYX artisan as my Phono preamp, but it just did not have enough gain(it is fixed). Mehran suggested (similar to another person on this thread) the s... 
Micro Seiki Air Bearing service
KimI am not experienced with MicroSeiki but am somewhat familiar with Air Bearings. Here are a few points that can help you either solve or troubleshoot your issue.1. Air pressure constant--if your set up does not have a pressure gauge near the pl... 
Do you clean your records before play, after play, or once (and then never again)?
RCM initially, then brush record before i play and ME the stylus before i play. On rare occasion will reclean via rcm if i hear many pops or clicks,¬† 
What drugs do you use to enhance your listening experience?
a little single malt with a nice bud never hurt my listening experience¬† 
Rushton's DIY approach to ultrasonic record cleaning published by Positive Feedback
Terry, great thoughts, especially the relationship between spacing and wavelength. My approach was a little more experimental as i tested several parameters including spacing, temperature, etc but come up with similar experience. ALso agree on the...