swampwalker

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Lots of Background noise on my new-used TT
You should not be running a high output MC cart into a typical MC phono input.  You have excessive gain in the system and may even be overloading the phono stage.  If you do a search on anti-skate, you will find it is a controversial subject, but ... 
Manley snapper vs Atma-sphere M60
You will never get better service than from Ralph Karsten at Atma-sphere, whether you purchase a used pair or buy them new.   
What do you guys think? Love it or hate it? Weird? Cool?
OK, headphone amp is a bucket list item.   
JRiver 18, should I upgrade
I just went upgraded to the latest from MC 19 and I believe there was a noticeable improvment in SQ.   
Your last concert was to see who and when?
@reubent-+1 to everything you said. esp. "any Lyle I can get".  In the acoustic shows I've seen, you get a more "personal" experience,. but his Large Band is just a stunning exhibition of musical virtuosity.  Most incredible to me was how each ind... 
What's your favorite lyric from a song?
Continuing in the sci-fi vein:"Now the Klingons they came last nightand they repossessed by van.My Cerrilian brandy's all used up; this is my very last can!But I ain't givin' upcause I still have a plan!Beam me up, Scotty, beam me aboard!I'm just ... 
Your last concert was to see who and when?
@reubent- I hope you enjoyed the show.  We caught them at the Garde Theater in New London, CT a couple of weeks ago.  I'm not a huge Shawn Colvin fan but Lyle is amazing!  Saw him with the Large Band last summer and a couple of times in an acousti... 
Minimum recommended amplification requirements and amplifier matching
It most likely will sound "loud enough", but, with respect to the referenced speaker and amp, 3 important questions:1.  Was it designed/voiced for a solid state or tube amp and particularly what does the impedance curve look like at the frequency... 
Is Agon becoming the eBay of audio?
Well said, tooblue.   
First Tube Amp
@recluse- Not sure why you need to shy away from the used market based on local availability. This site’s classified ads are a global market for high end, mostly very gently used goods. If you stick with long time members with lots of positive fee... 
Tandberg Unit needing some love
You could also try Electronic Service Labs in Wethersfield CT.  
FM Antennas For Old School Tuner?
Any attic or roof mounted antenna will be dramatically better than the best indoor. If you have to stay indoors, the ST-2 is a good bet. It can also be used outdoors.  
First Tube Amp
Welcome to the wonderful world of vacuum tube audio.  A word of caution on SETs.  In your OP, you talked about classical, which can have a very wide dynamic range.  Although your speakers are quite high efficiency, these peaks can require lots and... 
I have the speakers I grew up with in the 50's 60's.
Jane- The problem you are having is likely a result of some semantic challenges.  The James Lansing 375 is a "driver" or individual speaker that covers a portion of the entire sound range.  It was used in professional theater type and PA type syst... 
John Prine
IMO since his throat cancer, and recovery, the sense of sheer joy he exhibits at being able to still perform just takes the show to a totally new level. His voice has suffered significantly - but if was never that *pure* of a voice to begin wit...