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    A long time acquaintance has re-entered vinyl after a long absence. I'll state up front that like me, he's on a beer budget, domestic beer at that. His turntable was damaged in one of many cross country moves and the remains were boxed up for years despite a decent record collection. Another acquaintance seriously into vinyl visited and kind of kicked him into gear.

    Shopping around, he found a replacement tonearm, another table as a donor, and a NOS cartridge from one of two reputable sources for things B&O in the world. After a week or two of tinkering and an operable table. A little more time in the workshop and a new homegrown isolation platform. Keep in mind B&Os were pretty imperturbable anyhow.

    His impression, and that of his wife is that the missing music is back. Their son is duly impressed.

    Now before everyone starts thinking he's suddenly caught the upgrade bug, think again. Remember I said something about a domestic beer budget. Oh there will be an upgrade to a Schiit Mani phono-stage and very cost effective interconnects. And that for the time being will be about it. Well, excepting he is suddenly become enthused about hitting the used record stores, and there are two large ones in his small college town.

    Myself, I'm always happy when someone at my end of the spectrum becomes reinvigorated about the music. Sometime it gets a bit lonely at this end so it's nice to have company.
    Last edited by Rust; 05-29-2016, 09:39 PM.

  • #2
    For surprisingly good budget cables, check out Morrow Audio. I have a full set of their MA1 interconnects and am quite impressed at how good they are for the price. Extremely detailed, they way solid core single strand cables often are. Actually replaced a full set of Nordost Solar Wind cables with them.
    Steve Lefkowicz
    Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
    Analog 1: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 10X5 MK.II Low, iPhono2/iPowerX; Analog 2: Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Talisman S, iFi iPhono.
    Digital: Geekom Mini PC (i5, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, JRiver Media Center 29, Tidal HiFi, Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug FMJ.
    Electronics: Khozmo Stereo Passive with AMRG Ladder Attenuator and "NewClassD" Active Stage, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
    Speakers: Tekton Perfect SET 15, Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7, GoldenEar BRX
    Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
    Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Audioquest Type 5
    Digital cables: Aural Symphonics USB, iFi Gemini twin-head USB.
    Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan rack, AV Room Services EVPs under the speakers, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
    Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Burson Conductor Virtuoso Amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro 600 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM


    • Johnny Vinyl
      Johnny Vinyl commented
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      Yep! And I'd add Mogami as another cost-effective cable.

  • #3
    Great story !! The whole purpose of this hobby/addiction is to enjoy the music !!