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    All audio things older than 30 years would be of great interest - basically the audio toys I used to drool over but couldn't afford them at the time and all those that are so old I didn't know they existed...but sounds awesome even today.

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    My latest acquisition - a mint SME 3012R from 1983. It is sounding too good in my system! Click image for larger version

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    My opinions rely on listening mainly to acoustical, non amplified music. I do not care about electronic music or listening to rock at stadium levels, but I enjoy Mahler and Shostakovitch.

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    • #3
      If there's enough interest, I can certainly create a vintage forum.
      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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      -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.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by microstrip View Post
        My latest acquisition - a mint SME 3012R from 1983. It is sounding too good in my system! [ATTACH=CONFIG]n1340[/ATTACH]

        ​This tonearm continues to be rediscovered. DDK has single-handedly created a recent buzz about this arm.
        Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mep View Post

          ​This tonearm continues to be rediscovered. DDK has single-handedly created a recent buzz about this arm.

          Where is David?
          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -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.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mep View Post

            ​This tonearm continues to be rediscovered. DDK has single-handedly created a recent buzz about this arm.
            Yes, I drank DDKoolaid and bought a mint one from David and another one locally.

            Another audio friend, Jam (he plays on the other playground and works for a manufacturer), confirmed how good this 3012R is. I think he also obtained several 3012Rs and sold all of his other tonearms.

            Will have to show them off soon!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post


              Where is David?
              Didn't you invite him?

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              • #8
                Thought David was a member but apparently not. If you have his email, please invite him.
                Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                ________________________________________

                -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.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
                  Thought David was a member but apparently not. If you have his email, please invite him.
                  Done......

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ki Choi View Post
                    Done......
                    Thanks buddy!
                    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                    ________________________________________

                    -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.

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                    • #11
                      Ki thanks for suggesting this forum. Im a firm believer of knowing where we came from to understand how far we have gotten mindset. IMHO a lot of today's gear (esp tubes) are just old wine in new bottles. I have a VTL ultimate pre from 1989 in my system now and iit's superb and worthy of a 'modern' system. Unfortunately the newly minted audiophile cant wrap their mind around this concept unless a component is currently recommended in TAS or Sterophile.
                      Simon Yorke S10 | My Sonic Lab Eminent GL | AcousticPlan PhonoMaster | Wadia X32 | Innuous ZEN Mini Mk II | Valvet Soulshine2 | Linear Tube Audio ZOTL10 MkII | Avantgarde Uno Fino XD

                      "One of the great challenges of this world: Knowing enough about a subject to think you are right, but not enough about the subject to know you're wrong" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rob View Post
                        Ki thanks for suggesting this forum. Im a firm believer of knowing where we came from to understand how far we have gotten mindset. IMHO a lot of today's gear (esp tubes) are just old wine in new bottles. I have a VTL ultimate pre from 1989 in my system now and iit's superb and worthy of a 'modern' system. Unfortunately the newly minted audiophile cant wrap their mind around this concept unless a component is currently recommended in TAS or Sterophile.

                        Or the longer one is in audio, the more we resdiscover the wheel? Idler, direct drive, etc.
                        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                        ________________________________________

                        -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.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rob View Post
                          Ki thanks for suggesting this forum. Im a firm believer of knowing where we came from to understand how far we have gotten mindset. IMHO a lot of today's gear (esp tubes) are just old wine in new bottles. I have a VTL ultimate pre from 1989 in my system now and iit's superb and worthy of a 'modern' system. Unfortunately the newly minted audiophile cant wrap their mind around this concept unless a component is currently recommended in TAS or Sterophile.
                          Rob

                          I have constant itch for new preamp and power amps. Most of the manufacturers have more new models than I can keep up. Then I turn on my old Manley Reference Tube preamp with basically two tubes per side and no remote control, I am happy to listen to it.

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                          • #14
                            Hello Everyone and Thanks for the invite Ki! Don't know how many vintage users/lovers there are on this site but subject is massive, hopefully there some users here. Regarding the SME 3012 and its variants, I've been happily drinking that Cool-Aid for nearly 3 decades. Over the years I've had many other tonearms including other SMEs some of which might have been even more sophisticated from an engineering POV but sonically and ergonomically I find the 3012 most natural and flexible arm to use with almost any cartridge. I haven't come across compliance issues with any cartridge I've owned and without a bayonet mount you're losing out on some glorious vintage cartridges like the Neumann DST and various SPUs and EMTs.

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                            The sled design of the SME's base simplifies over hang adjustments and will fit almost any cartridge/table that you mount the arm on and a simple modification to the arm board will give you almost infinite adjustment.


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                            david
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by david k View Post
                              Hello Everyone and Thanks for the invite Ki! Don't know how many vintage users/lovers there are on this site but subject is massive, hopefully there some users here. Regarding the SME 3012 and its variants, I've been happily drinking that Cool-Aid for nearly 3 decades. Over the years I've had many other tonearms including other SMEs some of which might have been even more sophisticated from an engineering POV but sonically and ergonomically I find the 3012 most natural and flexible arm to use with almost any cartridge. I haven't come across compliance issues with any cartridge I've owned and without a bayonet mount you're losing out on some glorious vintage cartridges like the Neumann DST and various SPUs and EMTs.

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                              The sled design of the SME's base simplifies over hang adjustments and will fit almost any cartridge/table that you mount the arm on and a simple modification to the arm board will give you almost infinite adjustment.


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                              david

                              Welcome aboard David!

                              Either here or in a new thread, could you talk a little bit more about that Neumann cartridge? I had a fascinating and eye opening conversation with Frank Schroeder about the Neumann cartridge at RMAF. The cartridge has a fascinating history!

                              I understand there's now a Russian clone being made named the Tzar that Art Dudley recently reviewed. I was talking with Harry Weisfeld the other week and he was also impressed. Have you heard the Tzar? I think the Tzar was also installed in the new Dohmann Helix table at RMAF but didn't realize it at the time.
                              In a typical phono cartridge, the stylus is at one end of an oversize cantilever (oversize in comparison with the cartridge's other moving parts), the fulcrum of which is nearer the cantilever's other end. That design makes possible a certain amount of mechanical compliance that, when the cartridge is lowered to the record surface, helps the stylus seat itself in the groove rather than bounce or skip all over the place.
                              Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                              Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                              ________________________________________

                              -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.

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