Reflection, 'rubbish in, rubbish out'. . .
Yes it time to reflect . . . and look on to the next hifi adventure which will almost certainly be to do with the TT . . . thats where everything starts, 'rubbish in rubbish out' so Linn used to tell us
Reflecting . . . goes back to 1964, when I met my beloved Kathy on Holiday, 4 years later we were married, her family were heavily into the hifi of the day, from radio-grams to Thorens, Quad and SME, I got drawn in . . . 1975 I started my early experiments with speaker stands, 1985 best product award. 1995 the light in my life was extinguished. From then until early this year things were a blur, running on auto pilot. I am grateful to those around me for their support.
Things are different now, in 9 months I regained my life, new Doc., now no medication required and re discovering hifi. Hifi has been an anchor, something I new, but needed to dig out from the back of my mind, all this from finding a stash of my old vinyl LP's and CD's in the loft, along with speaker and an old amp . . . strange how life tunes on its head?
Turned on its head? my turntable story certainly has don that, turned over many times! Even in the past few days, I thought it was right, but extensive listening has proved I had it not as right as I thought.
The Rega TT/PSU was supposed to be the bees knees . . . developed a buzz, a replacement improved things, but not perfect, the buzz was still there although quieter. As one listened deeper, I found I had swapped air around the image for a fuzzy base. In much of my music, base underpins my musical listening experience, so this fuzzy base was unacceptable.
Reverting the P5 back to its original on-board power supply, returned the statues quo, it appears the Rega white belt upgrade does a top job, similar to the remote power supply as far as I can hear, its close?
Then, Saturday, a little bit of the old tweaker emerged, I have damped the P5 sub platter, but removed 2 of the 12 sections, sort of broken bell effect? The full 12 sections was dark and heavy to my ear, the removed sections lighten things, a little to much but I preferred it. I had asked Stuart at SRM to send me some thinner offcuts of the damping material. These arrived Saturday morning, I cut some new sections from two different thicknesses.
I was amazed by the affects of the addition of the two thin segments, heavy, bloated, overblown base and generaly smeared midrange!!! Very disappointing, what on earth will the middle gauge material sound like . . . perfect!!! anything I had lost by removal of the TT/PSU was back, with knobs on. Why I should be surprised I dont know, these were the sort of anomalies I found back in the 70's experimenting with mass loading stand. I am effectively mass loading the TT sup platter.
So my TT tweaking has actually cost me around £200 with the refund on the power supply, I have a sound that 'I like' . . . so where to from hear?????
Why go any further . . . missing one thing, comparing my 20 year memory to now . . . Image, its fairly good in width, but a little more height perhaps, more depth definitely.
Pointing to a better cartridge than the M2 Blue? . . . 2m Black or a Grado Reference Master 1, really pushing the boat out with the Grado but its write up's, the voicing is so me? I've found a dealer who is willing to supply both for me to listen in my own system, thats a first for me. He's even willing to let me try a 'Decca Gold' . . . O'boy, I used to have one with a 'Garret re tip'. Dynamics or what, but not suitable for the P5/700 I feel, I want to retain my sanity!
Any 'constructive' views on cartridge options?