Its currently residing in a post office near me. They're closed now.
Just not my weekend.
Really, I should have picked it up from the seller but I dont have much time at the mo so I went against my better judgement and had it couriered via parcelforce. - Hope those vulnerable hinges survived ...
Pretty ... and pretty proud of it
Bob gave me a good bit of advice; always hold the lid down when releasing the lid catch to avoid stressing the catch which can lead to it breaking. If it does break you would have to place books on top while playing records.
Source 1) "Inspired" Manticore Mantra turntable c/w Rega RB 301 arm, Goldring 1042 MM Cartridge, Graham Slee Reflex M phono stage, Graham Slee CuSat 50 interconnect
Source 2) Cyrus CD8 SE CD player
Source 3) iTunes (ALAC), iMac, Devolo Homeplugs, Apple TV3, Toslink, Arcam rDAC
Source 4) Technics SL-7 linear tracking turntable.
Roksan Kandy L3 amp, Spendor A5 speakers.
Other rooms: more Airport Expresses and Homeplugs with Denon AV system and Denon Mini system.
You know how to make a girl feel better ...
Happy Sunday everyone x
Well, this just under lines what I think about having TT's couriered.
I've finally managed to pick it up at my local post office (work is silly at the moment).
Despite being superbly packaged, a truck could have probably driven over the packet without destroying the table, the seller unfortunately forgot to tape the lid close. - This one oversight exposed the one weak spot of this product ... the little plastic hinges on the lid ... as mentioned by ifor.
So, long story short, one broke off. - Luckily, it came off clean in one piece and a little superglue solved the issue. Unfortunately you can see where the repair was done even if the repair area is tiny
Other than that, the table looks in fine fret and will get the afromentioned once - proper - over.
The stylus is an OMP 5E so it will probably be replaced soon.
What have we learned from this my little badgers?
Never, ever have a turntable couriered - pick it up!
When I sold my Rega RP3 on the bay, I was meticulous with the packing, photographing each step for the seller!
I packed it exactly the Rega way - buyer got it no problems all intact!
How about when the likes of Rega send TT's to the dealers - it is still by courier - Fed Ex
Icon Audio ST40 III / KT88, Rega Apollo R, DAC, RS3
Rega RP6, Nagaoka MP-200, White Belt, Michell Tecnoweight, Rega Fono MM
Rega Quattro, Couple 1 & 2
9.. % of the time it will probably be ok.
Perhaps I'm just unlucky. 2nd table out of 4 that was damaged ... 50%
I think successful transit, careful courier handling apart, depends a lot on the sellers ability/knowledge of the table and how to pack it.
I am not blaming this seller. Not everyone is an expert and he really pushed the boat out otherwise with meticulous packaging.
Still, not much harm done.
Lovely little thing. I haven't listened to it yet, that could take a few days as I'm constantly working but I didn't realize just how tiny it is.
Even chebby could find a home for one of these
pics soon then - do you sell them on?
I haven't sold any of them yet but am running out of space
I really like each and every one for slightly different reasons.
I will probably put a couple on the bay. Will mention it on here as a side remark if thats ok (not sure about the house rules but will not try blatantly sell).
That way someone will get a nice, cared for and serviced turntable/s.
PS. Yes, pickies will come when the SL-7 is all done
... is what I meant Ifor.
Its closing fine now.
Love the clever clamping mechanism and solid weight of this minute turntable.
Lets hope it will sound as good as it looks. Looking at stylii as we speak.
Ok, had a (very quick) listen between shifts;
Ortofon OMP5e that is fitted sounds fine and neutral in the Ortofon way. However, it picks up a lot of record noise compared to the VMS20 MkII and Shure M97xe.
Other than that, rock steady pitch and very good drive as decent DD are supposed to.
Looking at her I think black with tiny silver bits followed by a few glossy clear coats in a small, tight fitting glossy rosewood plint with suspension would look luverly and almost completely isolate from any ground/air bourne vibration in partnership with the heavy/damped chassis.
Now its about finding the time ...
Here is an interesting write-up for all you SL-7 fans out there on this forum ... well, for ifor and myself
Sadly I still haven't had time to service mine (or the SL-6) but it is on the list.
Thanks for the link; I'll read it later.
Awaiting my shibata tipped AT T4P ... . This will go on the SL7. The SL6 has the original technics cartridge so I'm looking for a replacement for that one.
Happy with the humble Ortofon but would hope for a little bit more 'stage', attack, body and frequency extension ... reasonable expectations for the price I hope.
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