quincy

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Retired audiophile?
Ditto.....my last big purchase was this spring when I re-tubed my CJ pre amp and amp.  I believe my cartridge will outlive me unless I clip off the cantilever.  I'm 61, 'retired', & living on a limited budget.  I believe my high end equipment ... 
The ever lasting diamond stylus...is it a myth or??
One side of one average album is ~one mile distance.  Yes, diamond is harder than vinyl, but if you have gunk in the grooves; like dust and dirt it will wear down (grind) the diamond over time.  We are taking 3000 - 5,000 miles use.  The record gr... 
Do they make a quiet great sounding phono pre amp??
Conrad Johnson EF-1.Adjustable Gain and Adjustable loading (resistance).Works well on MC cartridges down to ~ 0.4 mV.Dead quiet.  Uses FET's in lieu of Vacuum tubes.You might find a used one right here on the Gon..... 
when to get new stylus
Tough question.  How long do you estimate you have used it in hours?  Have you washed your records on a quality cleaning machine with quality fluid and placed them in new quality rice paper sleeves?  Do you periodically clean the diamond tip with ... 
KEF Reference 1
Thanks for the post!  Its nice to hear from happy audio enthusiasts who have completed  their audio nirvana quest.  Enjoy the music! 
6922's Replaced......It was time.
cjlover,It was mostly an improvement in the midrange and highs.  More detailed and unveiled.  Not a huge improvement, but noticeable.   They (signal tubes) seem to slowly lose their ability to accurately replicate the full frequency spectrum of hu... 
Tube Amp Maintenance Tip...
"When you go to the auto parts store to pick up the brake clean, get a can of penetrating oil and lube the moving parts in the amp. If the hum goes away, take it apart and use something more permanent like wheel bearing grease or anti seize." Zd54... 
Tube Amp Maintenance Tip...
Excellent feed back....Thanks! Looks like I'll be spending the evening with some cotton swabs and some Acetone solvent cleaning pins and sockets. May try some Freon Brake Cleaner as well. All that I am currently experiencing is a very soft hum fro... 
Tube Amp Maintenance Tip...
Yes, I had some reservations in regards to the di-electric grease, but it is a good conductor and used on very sensitive electrical connections in automobiles. (connectors on oxygen sensors for one example). The input is appreciated and hopefully ... 
"Pressing Vinyl"
Being in manufacturing all my life I can truly say I'm concerned. The demand and profit are there. (I know I'm paying at least $30.00 for one LP + shipping) Why no new equipment or processes? I would believe capital would be available from investo... 
Who is your overall favorite guitarist?
Without reservation Mr. Mark Knopfler.... 
Luxman Class A Integrated Slight Buzzing Noise
Excellent detective work. My C-J tube amp has a bit of a hum when no music is playing. Some call it tube rush. I don't worry about it because it does not interfere or create issues when I play music. Does your hum become undetectable when you play... 
Lyra Delos 'belly cover'
Cyclopse, interesting..I think we call that a glue stick here in the USA. That is a clever idea and I'll keep it in mind when the fibers loosen again, which I am sure they will. Thanks for the post. 
Lyra Delos 'belly cover'
Should be end of discussion.... Sunday July 12th 2015. I examined the underside of the Washi paper mounted to the bottom of the cartridge with high power magnification. Still clean, no threads, smooth like a babies behind. I believe the steam dist... 
Synergistic Research PHT - Phono Transducer
So I take this as like putting the perviable penny on the headshell......snake oil, smoke, and mirrors.