Since February I have lost 3.5 stone in weight (and kept it off). Part of my weekly nosh now consists of a big pile of dressed watercress and a small tin of pink salmon for lunch a couple of times a week. (Or sardines sometimes.) I also consume about 5 red grapefruits a week. (Before February this would have been a couple of bacon rolls and a cake or biscuits!)
Back then (pre-diet) I couldn't do four flights of stairs without pausing for breath and cursing my knees. Kneeling for any length of time almost meant having to 'plan' how to get back up with the least joint pain.
Now however I can trot, rather than walk, up four flights of stairs without knees protesting at all and get up, after kneeling, with as much ease as I could 20 years ago.
There are many days now when I actually forget I have knees anymore. (At the beginning of the year they wouldn't let me forget!)
Very comendable Chebby and so you shoud as a young'un . . . Whilst not a light weight, my knee problem is due to slipping on a patch of oil and coming down on a hatch comming when servicing my boat, 8 years ago, not hepled by heavy lifting in my younger days. Doc's said they could not do anything at the time, but come back when I got older and the pain was worse!!!! I am not volentering for a knee replacement yet?
My mum ate like a rabbit all her life, still she died at 59 . . . Here mother; my Grandmother and Aunti Ivy, her sister, were both very big ladies, they both made mid 90's . . . life is a lottery? I employed a guy for many years, he turned side ways to a lampost to hide . . . he did not come into work one morning, he had had a masive heart attack on the way to work, his car ended up in the local duck pond, he was 62.
I dont smoke, drink in extreem moderation and take exercise (as much as I can!) every day, when the number is up, you will know, I will stop posting
Yes I went for the Low output wood Benz, I have a Carver MC transformer with variable loads, not disimilar to the 'EAR head', that I used to have in my previous life, the Carver comes close. While the Sumiko is with Dom, I will have a chance to try the Benz in an extended audition, get the Sumi back and see how they compare. There may be some dilema about which to keep, might indulge myself and keep both . . . ?
Yip , i run the SL version Cj. Tis pretty good straight out of the tin , its not scritty like a fair few i could mention. Just a little tight i spose. If you have the patience give it at least 30 to 40 hrs and you will, over that period, hear the difference. Ok, we have different set ups plus one mans meat is anothers....... But i will be quite surprised if you dont like it tbh.
Assuming that you do like the Benz then go for it and keep both. I have a fair few carts and quite enjoy bodging around between them now and again.
Dont talk to me about ruddy knees !!!.
Have fun mate.
Its a whole new ball park this expensive cartridge world . . . and I've not even got it in the arm, the shelf is not up!!! I am dealing with two companies. The first is a small, one or two man band, cant do enough for you, the other is lager, much more slick but wanting to give as much value as they can . . . what a refreshing change from the way things seem to be in the retail market in general these days.
Good old fashoned service with a smile. My Sumiko will be re tiped by Northwestern Analogue, such a nice and informative guy is Dominic, I look forward to meeting him personaly. Expert Stylus Co. could not look at a re tip befor March next year! Turns out they are stylus makers, re tiping is a side line and fitted in around their work load, making loads of stylus, seems the vinyl revelution is going on a pace. However, the offer of a Benz Wood was so well priced, I went for the 'stop gap' . . . some stop gap.
Such attention to detail, I was phoned yesterday evening to tell me my payment had been recieved and the Benz was in 1st class post garenteed delivery by 1pm. It arived about 11 o'clock, the box it came in was so neat, the closeing tapes were all just the right length, presentation inside was the same, perfection, down to the tape holding the bubble wrap, it was folded over at the end to make it easy to find and remove! This attention to detail was carried on to the cartridge box itself, wraped by Benz in a protective white sheet, the wraping was so neat it coud have been a Christmas present.
The cartridge is protected in a machined teak coloured wooden block, with spirit level, graph read out, spec., sheet and tools, the whole is enclosed with a clear, flat perspex lid held on with brass screwes.
Looking at the cartridge itself, it is a work of art, with a boron cantaliver so fine 0.28mm, such pleasure in the detail and I have not got it near the arm . . .
Take yer time and source a cork !. Once you get into 1k+ cart territory you develop nerves that you didnt know that you had,lol. Oh and the towel holder tends to pucker a tad.
A couple of yrs ago at my mates he said to me "stick a record on". Cart was a Transfig Orpheus (sit down when you google the price).
I told him to eff off and do it yourself,lol. Although i did stick one on but i tell ya twas a tad hairy and i wasnt even bolting it to the headshell,lol.
Finished in the shed for today, showerd, sipping at a cupa, Hazel says, "are you going to get the TT shelf up tomorrow, and will you put the new cartridge in" . . .
To put the new shelf up, I have to unload the existing book shelf draw unit, drag it out of the room, then carfully position the new TT shelf. I dont know about taking my time with the cartridge, I aint rushing at hanging the 'CJSF Cottage arm chair', its got to be just so . . . the screw holes are 6mm, hopfully I can get a 6mm masonary drill in the hole and use the shelf, hung on its center hole as a pattern, if not 5mm will have to do? Useing the masonary drill hole as a pilot for the 10mm holes I need, it might even be better to work them up 1mm at a time, tedious, but more accurate?
There is as much stress in hanging the TT shelf as there is in installing a £1000 cartridge with out a stylus guard!!!
Befor that, there is a remodel job to be done on the bookshelf to create CD storage and utalise the draws . . . with out affecting the room and hifi sound quality, the amplifyer and CD will have to sit on the remodelled draw cupboard . . . ? Then and only then will I comit to putting the new cartridge in.
Aye i dont blame ya for that CJ, get the thankless tasks out of the way first. Did i not mention the lack of stylus guard,hee hee. Anyways i think im correct in stating that your Sumi dosnt have one either, does it ?.
I tend to go a bit (no pun intended) at a time with masonary drills mate. As you say 'tedious' but they tend to be unforgiving little . I hate drilling the walls at Floyd Towers, lumps of sodding granite waiting to send the drill off target. Start with a 3mm drill , blow out the dust,end result a ruddy horizontal mineshaft.
I know of a cracking solution for ceedee storage. Looks a bit like this......
Mmm, yes Floyd, I have said to Hazel before, how about scraping the CD shelves, we use Spotify when we want a no trouble listen. I have a load of pictures on the computer, have one printed on canvas on a fram and put that on the wall above the TT, some delicate lighting, very nice . . .
I will put it to her again? One would not dump the CD's, they have memories and I do like a few in the car . . . but for most, back to the loft from whence they came? Shame, it was the rediscovery of the CD collection in the loft that first started this journy back into hifi, the finding of the vinyl collection came later.
No guard on the Sumiko . . . may be so, mine came with a guard that was obviously pinched from another cartridge by the previous owner. . . . ?
I had my friend who is a joiner make me a turntable shelf , with hinged lid which will have gas struts when I get around to sourcing them , out of oak that I supplied to him . At present it is coach screwed to oak posts in the bedroom in the " cowshed" while I am renovating the main house . I have already made provision for the turntable shelf in the lounge by resin bolting four lengths of M10 threaded rod into the stone wall before I plastered it . The wall is so wonky that I also fixed oak mounting plates through the threaded bar so that the shelf will be plumb when the time comes to fix it .
I read that you will be drilling 10mm holes for the fixings , what are you planning to use to fix the shelf ?
There will be a total of 7, No 10, 3" screws, 5 across the main spreader, 3 in the top and 2 lower down on the same spreader to spread the load, plus 1 each at the bottom stabalisers. Nice firm fixing for my P5 TT onto a solid wall.
I presume Shropshire lad, you are going to have a tank of a TT on your shelf, it cerainly wont move, but the wood will give? The studs are a good idea if the wall is that uneven, giving 3D adjustment, especialy if you include elongated holes and large griping washers.
The provision made on comercial metal shelves that I have seen looks like screws, not many hifi'ers would be able to do any more. I did think about raw bolts? . . . nah, over kill!
Nah Cj, twernt pinched mate. I got my wires crossed with the Palo Santos .
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