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'Star Gate . . . '

The long haul is over . . . Middle of last year . . . yes that was 2011! dont time fly. Its been a roller coaster ride, with a lot of frustration on the way. In retrospect, I think I have been a bit hard headed, sorry about that. However I did say when I reached my goal I would stop, the goal was a 20 year memory of my hifi system then . . . made very fuzzy by 16 years of living on autopilot, not recommended. A bit like going through 'Star Gate' . . . back now, debriefed, not wishing to repeat the experience.

Considering where I started the journey, my crowded and scruffy study/office, a 20 year old Rotel 820 amp and my PMC LB1 speakers mounted 4 feet off the floor, 2 feet apart on a filling shelf . . . Looking back, how confused was I . . . :? I was only going to have digital source! The trouble I had, still have, getting my head around down loads, streaming etc . . .

Buying an amp? by this time, some of my mental marbles were functioning, and I regressed to remembering my love of valves and 'proper hifi'. Auditioning amps, Rega SS against Croft Valve hybrid, no contest. Then discovering over 200 of my old audiophile vinyl LP and making a panic phone call to change my amp order from Line stage only, to Line plus MM phono . . . and a chance remark to Dave my friendly dealer, 'did he know of any 'cheap' TT available', he just happened to be sell his ex dem P5, what a stroke of luck!

Decorating the Study, revamping layout, speaker cable choice and making the less than ideal system support shelves work? It did sort of work with the Ortofon.

Things have been a bit muddled since then, to much aliasing, not enough listening some said. However, come through the muddle one has. The final system, by my standards, is superb, relaxed, musical, delivering a performance that according to my 'memory' is all that the 80's audiophile system was. Originally I was trying to replicate the 80's sound, I soon realised that this was impractical, applying the original principals was the way to go.

Ive been off work for 9 days now, not feeling great but well enough to fiddle 'a bit'. Picked up a vintage MCt to finish of the Sumiko. The turntable has worked wonders with the Sumiko cartridge installed but I had a niggle, something was not right??? . . . tracked it down to the support shelves/cupboard!! A bit of swapping around, altering harmonic reaction frequencies, job don. That was Tuesday, the difference the swap round has made is astounding even at the volume levels that nothing untoward could be heard.

I said I would stop . . . since Tuesday I've done nothing but relax and listen, the system just keeps beckoning, I keep searching through the old vinyl . . . beets working :bounce:

The system support will need rebuilding, but thats not tweaking, its essential. Personally I'm of the opinion, analog sources can be made much more of than is currently thought . . . ? Certainly in my case, all items in my chain are modest, entry level, second hand, only the Sumilko cartridge breaks the mould, and IMHO makes a point of 'importance'? . . .

'Matched' is the word, to change any part would upset the balance and start the process all over again . . . no, no, no . . . I'm so balanced in my thinking now, even the digital side is very acceptable, I've been listening to Jeff Beck albums all afternoon on Spotify, Currently listening to his album 'Rock 'n' Roll Party' . . . an old rocker simply indulging in nostalgia Dance 4

Bring on the music . . . CJSF

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Oh, you mean "Stargate"?

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Oh, you mean "Stargate"?

 

So I cant spell . . . who cares, even you knew what I meant Lhc!!! :poke:  . . . wonder why the spell checker says its OK?  

By the way, as a dyslexic, the word 'discrimination' comes to mind :shame:

I'm well sorted musically . . . CJSF :type:

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Hey there CJ. Ive just read your lift the TT post and obv this one,lol. Any chance ( very Hazel and room layout dependant this ) that you can fix up a proper wall shelf for your TT. Just a thought Wink .

 

I cant spell either mate and also i dont give a flying. Dont worry you will be picked up on sticking things like ! ' and " in the wrong place soon.

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Oh, you mean "Stargate"?

 

So I cant spell . . . who cares, even you knew what I meant Lhc!!! :poke:  . . . wonder why the spell checker says its OK?

Because the individual words are spelt correctly but "Stargate", as in the film and TV program is one word and no spell checker is ever going to pick that up.

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By the way, as a dyslexic, the word 'discrimination' comes to mind

Two points: 1) I have no way of knowing you're dyslexic, I've never noticed you spell anything incorrectly, 2) I'm not trying to stop you from doing anything, so there's nothing to discriminate against.

Either way you missed the joke...

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I got you joke Lhc so dont think my little bit was aimed at yourself. But you know what it can turn out like on here at times.

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Dont worry you will be picked up on sticking things like ! ' and " in the wrong place soon.

No you won't.
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lol.

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I got you joke Lhc so dont think my little bit was aimed at yourself. But you know what it can turn out like on here at times.

Yeah I know but I don't think it ever gets quite that pedantic.

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Hey there CJ. Ive just read your lift the TT post and obv this one,lol. Any chance ( very Hazel and room layout dependant this ) that you can fix up a proper wall shelf for your TT. Just a thought Wink .

 

I cant spell either mate and also i dont give a flying. Dont worry you will be picked up on sticking things like ! ' and " in the wrong place soon.

 

Hi Floyd, suffered all my life, you can imagine how I was treated by 'school teachers' back in the 50's, one in particular was a real b****rd!!!  I was always dodging black board chalk . . . I dont care . . . however, I am thankful for computers and spell checkers . . . :type:

The new system rack will possibly include a wall mounted structure?  Although we have solid floors, and I have got a table that is very light, in fact I have two . . . The book shelf now used was always temporary, trouble is, you know how temporary becomes permanent :?   I'm quite looking forward to the rebuild, I started some work on system supports back in the early 90's, initial findings were encouraging, that all stopped when my late wife Kathy became ill.  The Rega support is good but dose not have any leveling facility, doh? . . . what on earth were they thinking of???

The beauty of the present situation, I was able to shuffle the 'broken bell' suport system around, introduce a few inverted spikes, and walla, its perfect, so the pressure is off until the summer, when I retire and have more time . . . ???

CJSF

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The Rega support is good but dose not have any leveling facility, doh? . . . what on earth were they thinking of?

Indeed. I would have bought one a long time ago were it not for that.

This is the one I would choose.

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Not everyone can spell, or punctuate, but everyone can check, as a courtesy to their readers.  All the CD's and blue rays and should of knowns, etc, etc, etc are not because of disabilities but of either ignorance or laziness. The idea that anyone should not give a flying proverbial about writing a clear post is intensely insulting to those who read it.  All you have to do is take the time to copy accurately to know that it is blu-ray or iPod Touch and not iTouch or any of the other slap-happy couldn't care less items that appear in print. Why shouldn't people be criticised for being careless of the sensitivities of others.  If someone barged into you in a shopping centre because they couldn't care less you'd be annoyed, wouldn't you?

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Indeed. I would have bought one a long time ago were it not for that.

This is the one I would choose.

 

Blimey thats cheap for a wall shelf. Considering there is not much material wise that goes into one some of them out there are mega bucks. Looks the part plus with the levelers to boot.

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All you have to do is take the time to copy accurately to know that it is blu-ray or iPod Touch and not iTouch or any of the other slap-happy couldn't care less items that appear in print.

Whilst I get slightly irritated with "blue-ray" I really wouldn't care about "iTouch", it's just shorthand and nobody's going to be confused about what it means.

Bad spelling doesn't hugely bother me either, it's really only when you get posts that are so badly constructed, grammatically speaking, that it's next to impossible to understand what's being said that I get annoyed.

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Trefor Patten wrote:
All you have to do is take the time to copy accurately to know that it is blu-ray or iPod Touch and not iTouch or any of the other slap-happy couldn't care less items that appear in print.

Whilst I get slightly irritated with "blue-ray" I really wouldn't care about "iTouch", it's just shorthand and nobody's going to be confused about what it means.

Bad spelling doesn't hugely bother me either, it's really only when you get posts that are so badly constructed, grammatically speaking, that it's next to impossible to understand what's being said that I get annoyed.

 

??? . . . 'carefully':?  . . . whats that got to do with 'Star Gate' . . . or are you now having a dig at my? post's' in general? . . . or have I picked it wrong again . . . Lhc, I do struggle with your thinking . . . sorry.

You should have seen how I did before my late wife Kathy and my Father, re schooled me in the 70's, when I was found to be dyslexic . . . I'm afraid I see your attitude as rather self richeous or superior.  I know I have a problem and take steps to do the best I can, as you said, you have not noticed it before.  When I say I dont care, thats when I get it wrong having don what I can in the first place.

Afraid I'm not a Byron or a Keats . . . just simple, dyslexic CJSF?

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The Rega support is good but dose not have any leveling facility, doh? . . . what on earth were they thinking of?

Indeed. I would have bought one a long time ago were it not for that.

This is the one I would choose.

 

Nice one Chebby, thanks . . . see how such things fit in in the summer rebuild?

CJSF

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