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  • Hi from Andy

    Hi there

    im new to this forum, but ive been into the audio hobby for a long time now.

    I live in Harvard Mass with my wife and 6 yr old. Im fortunate to have a dedicated space in the basement - reasonable proportions, but with some challenges as well.

    i listen to vinyl almost exclusively - mostly 20th C classical - Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Schoenberg etc and old jazz - a lot of it on Pablo.

    ive been through my fair share of equipment of course, but im settling down now. My analog front end is a refurbished SP10 mk2 in a shot loaded marine ply base. The arm is an SME M2 12R, witb either a My Sonic Eminent GL, or a Decca Super Gold. Ive used a Herron VTPH for several years now. Previously was an Io.

    Preamp is a Wyetech Opal feeding first version of the VTL MB450, driving Soundlab M1 PX, in a nearfield set up.

    As i said, its mostly secomd jand, only the Herron was bought new. Cables are either Synergistic or Shunyata.

    Anyway thats it for a brief intro - thabk you for having me, and looking forward to taking part,



  • #2
    Nice rig... Love the Wyetech
    Front end: Aesthetix Io Eclipse with 2 Power Supplies and Volume controls
    Brinkmann Balance & RonT Tube Power supply with Kuzma 4-point ,FR64S, Brinkmann 12.1 , .Koetsu Jade Platinum,Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum, Lyra Atlas, Lyra Etna SL Goldfinger Statement, KLAUDIO RCM, HRSM3X
    Amps: Wyetech Topaz, Futterman H3 Quad II,Citation II, Marantz 8b, 5 ,2
    Pre-Amps:Marantz 7, Marantz Model 1 Consolette Pair
    Speakers: Quad ESL 57, Beveridge Model 3 DD amps, REL S/2 x 2
    Otari 5050BXII, DeHavilland 222


    • #3
      Andy, nice rig you have. Im esp fond of your Soundlabs, I had A-3s back in the day and the only tube amps at the time that could really drive them were VTL Ichibans, the MB450 came later and im sure does them justice. welcome aboard!

      Simon Yorke + MSL > B.M.C .> Valvet > Linear Tube Audio > Avantgarde

      "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke


      • #4
        Andy, welcome. I've been a Keith Herron devotee for more than 25 years, having had the VTPH-1 and more recently moving up to the VTPH-2A. I've had his preamps for all that time also, currently with his 360.

        BTW, I spent a lot of time around Harvard 50+ years ago, doing observations on the 61" telescope at the renamed Oak Ridge Observatory for my undergrad thesis, in 1966 and 1967. It was a beautiful, pretty rural area back then, maybe 45 minutes drive from Cambridge.

        Analog- VPIClassic3-3DArm,SoundsmithZephyrII+MiyajimaZeroMono, 2xAmpex ATR-102,Doshi3.0,Merrill Trident Master Tape Pre,Herron VTPH-2A
        Dig Rip-Pyramix,IzotopeRX3Adv,Mykerinos,PacMicroModel2
        Dig Play-mchNADAC, LampiPac, Roon, HQP, Oppo105
        Electronics-Doshi Pre,CJ MET1mchPre, Cary2A3monoamps
        Other-2x512Engineer/Marutani Symmetrical Power, AudioDiskVinylCleaner,AirTightRecordFlat, Scott Rust Interconnects,


        • #5
          Others have mentioned your stereo rig, but I'll congratulate you upon the room treatments! Andy!



          • #6
            Glad to have you aboard and look forward to your future posts!

            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor,

            -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
            -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.


            • #7
              Welcome Andy, very nice system!
              SOURCE: VINYL - EAT C-Sharp with, EAT LPS power supply, My Sonic Lab Signature Gold
              DIGITAL - Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC. Roon Nucleus w/EAT Lps power supply. Auralic Aires G1
              PHONOSTAGE: AudioNet PAM G2 with AudioNet EPX power supply.
              PREAMP: Audionet PRE G2.
              AMPLIFIER: Audionet MAX monoblocks.
              SPEAKERS: YG Acoustics Anat III Signatures (upgraded to Sonja 1.2) SVS SB-4000 subwoofers (x2)
              CABLES: Kubala-Sosna.....Audio Desk Systeme RCM, Adona Rack, GIK & Acoustimac room treatment, Isoacoustics


              • #8
                And I'll congratulate you on your classical music choices. :-o


                • #9
                  Welcome Andy!
                  Speakers: Horning Eufrodite Ellipse III on Stillpoints Ultra 5S feet
                  Speakers: REL Acoustics G1 Mark II Subs (pair)
                  Amplifier: New Audio Frontiers Ultimate 211 Special Edition Monoblocks
                  Preamp: TW Acustic RPA-100 Line Stage
                  Phono Stage: TW Acustic RPS-100
                  Turntable - TW Acustic Raven AC w/ Black Knight Anniversary Upgrades
                  Tonearm: Kuzma 4-Point 14" with Air Tight Opus-1 Cartridge (w/ EM/IA 1:20 Silver Wire SUT)
                  Tonearm: TW 10.5" with Miyajima Zero Mono
                  Vinyl Care: Furutech DF-2 LP Flattener - Degritter Ultrasonic & VPI Cyclone RCM
                  Tape: Tascam 42B-NB (Refurb by Soren Wittrup)
                  Tape Stage: Doshi V.3 Tape Stage
                  CD/SACD: Playback Designs MP-5 to Bricasti M1 DAC
                  Streamer/Server: Aurender N20 to Bricasti M1 DAC
                  Power Conditioner: (2) Silver Circle Audio TCHAIK 6
                  Wire: Custom Furutech PC's + Audience Front Row IC's & Speaker Cables
                  Tweaks: Stillpoints Aperture II Panels & Stillpoints Ultra 5S's & SS's sprinkled about - DS Audio ION-001 Vinyl Ionizer - SRA Scuttle III Rack, SRA Ohio Class and Symposium Super Plus Platforms


                  • #10
                    Greetings Andy. Very nice system. A lot of great jazz on Pablo.
                    Speakers, Wilson Audio Sasha 2's; line stage, ARC Ref 6; phono pre ARC Ref 3; Amplifier, ARC Ref 75 SE; turntable, Dr. Feickert Firebird with a Kuzma 14 inch 4 pt and Transfiguration Proteus; CD player Ayre C 5 xe; tuner, Magnum Dynalab MD109 SE; Dr. Feickert Analogue CBPS; Double Matrix Professional Sonic RCM; Transparent Audio Isolator 8; Transparent Super cables and IC's; and a Atocha Designs Record Cabinet


                    • #11
                      Oooohh... Basement system, well done!


                      • #12
                        Great system, welcome.
                        Magnepan 1.7i, VMPS Large Sub, Belden 5000 Speaker Cable, Synthesis 510 AC Integrated Amplifier, Adcom GFA 555 II Power Amplifier, QED passive pre-amp, Celtic Dragon & Grover EX+ Interconnects, Crown SX 722 R/R, Nakamichi RX 202 Cassette Deck, Fosgate Signature Phono Preamplifier, Clearaudio Solution Turntable, Clearaudio Satisfy Tone Arm, Clearaudio Concerto V2 Cartridge, Clearaudio Smart Syncro, Belkin AP41300 Power Conditioner/Surge Protector, Transparent Power Cables


                        • #13
                          Many thanks for the warm welcome!


                          • #14
                            A warm welcome, Andy. This is a great place that I know you'll enjoy.


                            • #15
                              Very nice! Welcome Andy!