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    If you're a fan of Jump Racing and THE Festival, you will now where I live - Cheltenham in the UK.

    As a teenager, I was Ken Kessler's saturday boy at Canterbury Hi-Fi in the late 70s, before KK diverted his attention to writing. His small terraced 'two up, two down" house in Canterbury was stacked full of gear (TD124, Garrard 301, Radford, Leak, Dynaco, Fisher, Hafler and Quad amps, a pair of Radford Tristar speakers and some other bits too) He had a penchant for Patek watches and fine wine even then. His love of fine things in life is nothing new.

    Hence I became a life long fan of valves/tubes, vinyl and Decca/London cartridges. Needless to say, my love of audio remained through Med School, and my system survived many alcoholic and soporific nights in London. Some of the original items from that era still survive to this day including my Garrott Brothers Decca Gold and my early Hadcock 228 tonearm. My Quad II amplifiers (bought from KK's personal collection in about 1981) survived until 3 years ago, when I changed them for my TRON Voyager SET.

    Being a turntable addict, I went through a Thorens TD160, a TD125/II, two TD124/IIs, a Garrard 401 and a Logic DM101. 10 years ago, I bought a Platine Verdier with a GT Audio Battery PSU, and that's how it's stayed. Two tonearms - Schroeder model 2 with Allaerts MC1B as well the Hadcock (rewired) and a Decca FFSS MkIV C4E (rebuilt by John Wright) - the latter pairing is unbelievably good. They feed into a TRON Seven Reference phono (Decca) and Graham Trickers' personal TRON Meteor preamplifier (Allaerts) with on board MC phono, which I bought in about 2006.

    The noise (yes, my long suffering wife Sue, a pianist and ex-family practitioner, says that it's too loud) comes out a pair of Avantgarde Duos. Digital is a series of 1s and 0s; my system has 0 digital input - Hallelujah! More recently, my turntable has sat at 0 RPM, as my attentions turned to R2R. I now have 2 Sony APR 5000s (5003v and 5002) as well as a Studer A807/II. It's quite hard to listen to my turntable after listening to TP tapes or original production masters.

    Anyway, fortunately for my wife, the noise rarely goes on. My music friends, such as Alan McGee, call me the "Photographer whose hobby is a cancer doc". My "night job" is photographing rock bands and jazz artists - a fun distraction to my day "hobby" in the hospital. Hence I try and burn the candle at both ends and I certainly know what live music sounds like. It makes for an interesting mix with plenty of fun.

    I hope you all get as much enjoyment out of this hobby as I do and I look forward to meeting some of you in cyber-fi land.

    Charlie

    Charlie Chan
    Cheltenham, UK
    www.charlie-chan.co.uk

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    Entertaining post, and welcome aboard I'll be following your threads. KK was one of the audio scribes that kept me up at night (I loved Kens coffee table book and retrospective on Quad and the ESL 57) i also knew he was a watch guy too. if you must then there's nothing else but Patek (i own one PP but I'm a Rolex 'tool watch' sorta guy). Your audio sensibilities harmonize with my own, something old, something new and classic in the sense it wont soon be displaced by the latest and greatest - whatever that may be.
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    • #3
      Glad you found us Charlie! We keep attracting those analog/tapehead types here! Love reading about your audio audiophile journey. How did you skip the accepted U.K. Linn approved stage?



      I bought a watch or two from Ken over the years but lately my money has been going into audio, not dial faces. 😇
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      • #4
        Rob and Myles,

        Thank you. Some things in audio don't change much esp the basic physics behind transducer design. As for growing up in the UK Hi-Fi scene without Linn & Naim. That was easy. Either you bought into that philosophy or you thought that it was triumph of marketing over substance. KK and I preferred talking about Edgar Villchur and the original AR turntable, rather than what we felt was an overpriced upstart. But hey, maybe that was a combination KK's East Coast cynicism and my desire to check out Swiss turntables, as well as Swiss watches. Mind you, although my brother has number of PPs, my watch envy days were numbered once I became a surgeon. I don't wear watch now, as I'd have to take it off every time I go into the OR. Losing one watch in my theatre scrubs many years ago was enough for me.

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        • #5
          Welcome,
          Ken Kessler is one of my favorites. Looking forward to your posts. My wife and I are also long time healthcare professionals. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Gusf View Post
            Welcome,
            Ken Kessler is one of my favorites. Looking forward to your posts. My wife and I are also long time healthcare professionals. Happy Holidays to you and your family.
            Gus,

            Thank you. Happy Christmas to you and your family as well.

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            • #7
              Great read and welcome to the forum Charlie!
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              • #8
                Welcome Charlie! You seem to have a very interesting system. Is that music friend Alan McGee of Creation Records fame? In that case I guess your record collection will be very interesting as well!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Per Sundell View Post
                  Welcome Charlie! You seem to have a very interesting system. Is that music friend Alan McGee of Creation Records fame? In that case I guess your record collection will be very interesting as well!
                  Hi Per,

                  Thank you very much. Alan (of Creation fame) coined the term "photographer whose hobby is cancer doc" - I quite like that - it's fun and unusual.I have few of his records and a couple of original distribution tapes of Jesus and Mary Chain. Jim & William Reid and Alan have signed the label on my Jugoton master of Psychocandy. Sounds great on R2R

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                  • Per Sundell
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                    Per Sundell commented
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                    I guess Alan is a bit strange and unusual and that he is fun to be around.
                    Psychocandy is one of my absolute favourite albums of all time!
                    Is it still available on R2R? Would love to have that.

                • #10
                  Per,

                  Alan has calmed down a lot since the 80/90s. He has a teenage daughter, whom he is very proud of. I don't think Psychocandy was ever released as a R2R. I found an original Jugoton distribution master and bought it. The guys signed it later for me. Here's a peek at the label.



                  Best wishes,

                  Charlie

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Rob View Post
                    Entertaining post, and welcome aboard I'll be following your threads. KK was one of the audio scribes that kept me up at night (I loved Kens coffee table book and retrospective on Quad and the ESL 57) i also knew he was a watch guy too. if you must then there's nothing else but Patek (i own one PP but I'm a Rolex 'tool watch' sorta guy). Your audio sensibilities harmonize with my own, something old, something new and classic in the sense it wont soon be displaced by the latest and greatest - whatever that may be.
                    My funniest Ken story. Back in '99 or 2000 (?), Ken and my ex- and I all happened to be visiting Transparent Audio in Maine (of course KK is originally from Maine). That night we all went out to dinner with Karen and a few others from Transparent Audio to 6th Street Grille in Portland. Everyone ordered steak and everyone ordered their beef done medium rare. Well all but Ken actually who ordered his steak well done. That had to be the only time I've ever seen anyone order a steak well done but as I later realized, it was at the height of mad cow disease in the UK and was common for everyone in the UK to have their steaks cooked to death.
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                    ________________________________________

                    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
                    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 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 Mk. 2, 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. 6, 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 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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                    • #12
                      Welcome Charlie
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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
                        Well all but Ken actually who ordered his steak well done. That had to be the only time I've ever seen anyone order a steak well done but as I later realized, it was at the height of mad cow disease in the UK and was common for everyone in the UK to have their steaks cooked to death.
                        Some of us carried on eating steak rare and on the bone, if we could get it. The Govt banned rib of beef on the bone, but if you knew your butcher well, you could have some at the back door of the shop.

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                        • Rob
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                          Rob commented
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                          I always believed 'well done' was the de facto standard in the UK. I have many ex-pat friends and a brother in law from the UK and they all admit to growing up eating meat that was tough as shoe leather and burnt to a crisp.
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