An experiance I won't forget . . .
. . . as the title says . . . I visited Northwest Analogue yesterday, I received the most warm wellcome from Natalie and Dominic and their two cats. The basic reason was to collect my re tiped Sumiko Celebration, I was not prepared for the friendly enthusiasum and hospitality that I got.
Dominic does a legendary rebuild on Garard 301 and 401 decks using slate as the plinth. We originaly discused my Rega and the work I had done upgrading it, he has in mind a slate plinth type upgrade for Regas . . . and wanted to hear how my upgrades sounded.
. . . Have P5 will travel . . . a Rega is an easy deck to transport, I was intregued with the theories he has, running very much along my own ideas and ideals of 30 years ago. So a 250 mile drive, each way seemed a good idea . . .
Worth every mile to me . . . Dominic and Natalie are true music lovers in the best possible way. We quickly set up my Rega ready, then first had a listen to the Garard Slate 401 with my re tiped Sumiko. Smooth, relaxed natural easy sound, a few tracks from verious albums, then the change over to the Rega. Dominic had already worked out the Sumiko was super sensative to down force, 1.9gs being the best in his TT, as this was about the tracking weight I origanly used, we set the the Rega arm acordingly.
Sat back and listened . . . wow. The humble Rega against the mighty Slate Garard, it realy did go toe to toe in a 9 to 10 slog in favour of the Garard . . . Dominic sees dozens of cartridges, he was impressed. We listened to verious options on the Garard against the Rega/Sumiko, up to and including the Koetsu Rosewood Signature £3000+ worth of cartridge . . . The re tiped Sumiko did not disgrace its self, that is very rarified company to be moving in?
Got away from Preston at 8pm, the drive home was wet and windy, late to bed and late to rise, but I have had a listen in my own system this afternoon. As described above, smooth and natural with an effortless dynamic, very remenisant of when I first put the Sumiko in my Rega 12 months ago with a tad more ease about it I would say?
My view, a bargin at £250, super service and top people. I'm not going to keep the Benz Wood, it will be sold on?
Any future move will be with Slate Plinth in mind? . . . and a new Audiomods arm which drops in place of a stadard rega arm. That was Dominics assesment, the standard Rega arm is holding my TT back, although it is the best Rega TT he has heard, says Domonic.
Sit back and enjoy the music . . . CJSF