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I have a 20 year old Manticore Mantra turntable I wold like to bring back to life.  It has sat under under a wardrobe for 17 years and I will need some healing hands to bring it back to life.  The days of a decent hi-fi shop in every town are long gone, so I would be really grateful if anyone can suggest where I might take it for for some TLC.  I live in Bedfordshire.

 

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RE: Manticore Mantra Service/Repair

This place is in the right direction...

http://www.audiofile.co.uk/turntable-service/

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Great - Thanks very much for taking the trouble to reply

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Welcome.  Lovely deck btw...

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Manticore were based in Biggleswade and I think that Doug is still around (Doug was the owner of Manticore).  If you contact Stewart of SRMtech he may be able to point you in the right direction. http://srm-tech.co.uk/

 

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Thanks very much for the advice

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I took mine to Basically Sound in Norfolk and they did a great job. You are closer to them than I am.

"Inspired" Manticore Mantra TT, Technics SL-7 TT, Graham Slee Reflex M phono preamp.  Cyrus CD8SE.  iMac, Raspberry Pi c/w HiFiBerry Digi c/w Volumio or Rune Audio, Arcam rDAC.  Roksan Kandy LIII amp, Spendor A5 speakers.

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May be i can help you i was a Techician for manticore up untill they closed, and i only live in Biggleswade

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Hi.

i have a mantra that i brought dirrectly from Doug back in 96. i was in the process of upgrading it when i lost touch with doug.

i have the mb5 power supply but was keen to up grade the arm from the moth arm to one of dougs musician arms.

i have just replaced the motor which has propted me to look at this forum and would be very interested if you are avalible to do a service for me and also if you know where i may be able to put my hands on a musician arm or any other upgrade parts for it.

i live in Raunds so am not to far from biggleswade.

if you could let me know if you are able to help i would be most gratefull.

Many thanks.

Steve. 

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Hi there,

 

As per posts above, I've had my MM stored in the loft for more years than i care to remember and long for the time i can listen to my vinyl et al rockin out

 

I'm a half hour drive from biggleswade and would love to know if anyone's got hold of doug to do a service.  Please post or PM a reply if poss.

 

Many thanks

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A Manticore Mantra with Linn Basik tonearm just sold on eBay for £155. What a bargain.

"Inspired" Manticore Mantra TT, Technics SL-7 TT, Graham Slee Reflex M phono preamp.  Cyrus CD8SE.  iMac, Raspberry Pi c/w HiFiBerry Digi c/w Volumio or Rune Audio, Arcam rDAC.  Roksan Kandy LIII amp, Spendor A5 speakers.

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RE: Manticore Mantra Service/Repair -"inspired"

Yesterday I collect my Mantra from Inspire Hi Fi, where I took it to be upgraded.

Acos Lustre GST-1 arm, replaced with Rega RB301.

Glass platter, replaced with 10mm acrylic platter.

Felt mat, replaced with Inspire's Acri Mat.

Plinth substantially stiffened and now weighs about twice what it did.  Robert Isherwood suggested this would give the best sonic improvement.

Finally, for cosmetic reasons only, reveneered in light oak to match my Spendor A5s.

 

I'm delighted; it looks and sounds superb.

"Inspired" Manticore Mantra TT, Technics SL-7 TT, Graham Slee Reflex M phono preamp.  Cyrus CD8SE.  iMac, Raspberry Pi c/w HiFiBerry Digi c/w Volumio or Rune Audio, Arcam rDAC.  Roksan Kandy LIII amp, Spendor A5 speakers.

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RE: Manticore Mantra Service/Repair -"inspired"

I forgot to mention new base board and sorbothane feet.

"Inspired" Manticore Mantra TT, Technics SL-7 TT, Graham Slee Reflex M phono preamp.  Cyrus CD8SE.  iMac, Raspberry Pi c/w HiFiBerry Digi c/w Volumio or Rune Audio, Arcam rDAC.  Roksan Kandy LIII amp, Spendor A5 speakers.

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RE: Manticore Mantra Service/Repair -"inspired"

Ifor, out of curiosity, how did the sound change from being "Inspired"?

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mephistophelean wrote:

Ifor, out of curiosity, how did the sound change from being "Inspired"?

I'm sorry if this reply takes a few days to appear (it's now 18:35 on Saturday), but all my posts seem to get stopped for moderator approval and appear about 4 days late!!

I was dreading such a question.  I love beer, but I couldn't write tasting notes.  It's similar with listening to hi fi; I'm not very good at describing it, but my feeling is that I now hear more of the music.  Greater depth.  Poor vinyl is more obvious when compared to a good disc.  How much can be attributed to the new arm and how much to the "inspiration" I couldn't say.

"Inspired" Manticore Mantra TT, Technics SL-7 TT, Graham Slee Reflex M phono preamp.  Cyrus CD8SE.  iMac, Raspberry Pi c/w HiFiBerry Digi c/w Volumio or Rune Audio, Arcam rDAC.  Roksan Kandy LIII amp, Spendor A5 speakers.

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