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  • VPI TNT with Graham 1.5 tonearm and Gingko 2-piece dust cover

    Very nicely preserved TNT in excellent working condition. Only one owner who took meticulous care of it. Traded in for VPI Avenger Reference. I have new VPI Avenger boxes to pack it securely for shipping. Asking $2900 and will consider reasonable offers. Photos available on request.

  • #2
    That's a good deal.
    Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
      That's a good deal.
      Yes, it is. I'm not making any money on this deal. Someone is going to get a very fine table and tonearm.

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      • #4
        What version is the TNT (Mk I - Mk VI)?
        TechDAS | Graham Eng | ZYX | B.M.C. | Boulder | Magico

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

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rob View Post
          What version is the TNT (Mk I - Mk VI)?
          Exactly. MK V would be sweet. Below that, not so much.
          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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          • #6
            Whats the differences between the various Marks?
            Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rob View Post
              What version is the TNT (Mk I - Mk VI)?
              It's the original version. SN#0431. And it sounds amazingly good. To my ears, better than new tt's at that price with tone arms and Gingko covers.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
                Whats the differences between the various Marks?
                Two dummy pulleys on the original versions which need to be removed and the holes plugged in the plinth, different platters, and different bearings.
                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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                • #9
                  what Mark said is great advice. FYI, Graham no longer has bendix connectors for the 1.5, its the part that joins the arm wand to the body, you're screwed if you bend a pin or break one off. I bet its a great sounding rig, I had a Mk V with a Graham 2.2 (with a Phantom after that) and it was excellent.
                  TechDAS | Graham Eng | ZYX | B.M.C. | Boulder | Magico

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

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                  • #10
                    The MK V had the best platter and a massive bearing compared to the earlier iterations of the TNT.
                    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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                    • Rob
                      Rob commented
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                      yep, that's right. VPI stop producing them b/c of cost, they supposedly were too expensive to keep making. Mike told me before his retirement it was the best platter they ever made.

                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Rob View Post
                    what Mark said is great advice. FYI, Graham no longer has bendix connectors for the 1.5, its the part that joins the arm wand to the body, you're screwed if you bend a pin or break one off. I bet its a great sounding rig, I had a Mk V with a Graham 2.2 (with a Phantom after that) and it was excellent.
                    In the early '90s, I moved from a TNT/4 (IIRC) plus ET2 tonearm to TNT/4 plus Graham 1.5. Big improvement in my system especially when it came to dynamics and bass. Loved the 1.5, had written it up for Sounds Like... and then the mag folded. I really loved that arm especially how easy it was to mount cartridges.

                    The Graham 2.0 was supposed to be the cover story of the first issue of my magazine Ultimate Audio but Bob couldn't get me an arm in time for the first issue. Eight weeks from press and still no arm. So had to scramble for a new cover story. Ergo, the cover then being the new VPI 12-inch arm.
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                    • #12
                      The biggest disadvantage with the Graham 1.5/ 2.x tonearms lack of a source for the Bendix connectors is not to worry if you bend or break a pin (they are durable) but rather that you can no longer source additional arm wands. And since you will be leaving the arm wand in place, there is even less risk of damage to the connector.
                      Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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                      • #13
                        i just purchased the Graham 1.5 from Scott (great guy, good communication, etc...). I have a brand new in box 2.2 that I will probably sell. The reason for purchasing the 1.5 is that I have a Goldmund Studio with the arm board drilled for 1.5 and can't get a new blank arm board. the 1.5 will be good enough for me. If interested in the 2.2, ping me.

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                        • JCOConnell
                          JCOConnell commented
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                          my graham 2.2 has a circular mount, definitely not sme. are all grahams like that or are some SME?

                        • Rob
                          Rob commented
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                          All the Graham 'arms are available two ways: Graham mount (round) or SME (oblong)

                        • Viva Hifi Scott
                          Viva Hifi Scott commented
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                          Thanks Doxycc. I just read your comment today. Better late than never I suppose.

                      • #14
                        1.5 works with SME cutout, I understand the 2.2 geometry and mounting is different (or so I've been told)

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