Lack of new releases on Mondays

21 Apr

Some of you may have been wondering why there have been no new releases here whereas the classical blog has been soldering on regardless.

99% of the titles here rely on transfers from vinyl, and that’s where the problem has been of late. I’m afraid that, with everything else going on, sorting out issues that have arisen with my old, trusty, Rega P2 have rather taken a back seat but this week i’ve been looking into the problem (suspect arm bearing problems) and hope to be able to return to normal service in the near future.



15 Responses to “Lack of new releases on Mondays”

  1. gjwAudio April 25, 2016 at 20:09 #

    Hi OD…

    Sorry to learn of your turntable trouble… it really sucks when you can’t spin a platter or two. Been in that boat for some years now (phono-pre went down even before my room was shut down 😦 )

    I’d be happy to loan you my TT in the interim, but the shipping would kill me to get it into your hands !

    Too bad we’re not within “striking distance” of each other – I actually have a second Lenco and would be honoured to contribute to Saving the Quads from Obscurity.

    Just imagine how the postman would curse us…


    • oxforddickie April 25, 2016 at 20:19 #

      Kind offer, but i’m doubting the plane would actually be able to take off lol

      They say two arms are better than one, and here’s the proof. What’s the reason?

      • gjwAudio April 25, 2016 at 21:04 #

        …er… because I CAN πŸ™‚

        Actually, the arms provide different colourations (ie: “sound different”) even with the same cartridge… so the fun of mixing-n-matching Arms-N-Carts can go on forever (and keep us out of pubs-N-trouble).

        The story of the Monster Lenco is long – in fact unfinished (ooooh, very bad pun there, considering the veneer has yet to be applied to the plinth) – but one of my design goals was to accommodate two arms, hence all the real estate surrounding the platter.

        To ramp up the Lunacy, consider that the type of wood used to mount the arm also contributes to “the sound”, and so removable armboards are de rigueur. Pine, maple, oak, plywood, MDF, acrylic… they all can be chosen to compliment the sound of an arm/cart combination. I was tempted by this foolishness 10 years ago when I stumbled into the Lenco Thing; there is a beautiful hunk of 100+ year old Black Walnut waiting for me to find the time…

        Two-at-once permits other conveniences – I fancied setting up an arm/cart specifically for 78’s (the Lenco speed is continuously variable from 16-83 rpm)… but with so few 78’s on my shelf I haven’t chased down a suitable cartridge.

        One could have both MM and MC cartridges at the ready, and choose what suits the LP of the moment.

        I have 3 other arms gathering dust, and at least one legendary cartridge I’m dying to audition…


        Yes, it really is NOS, bought by the first owner as a backup, and never mounted. Designed to track at 1.0 gm, it needs a super-light arm… like the JH Formula 4 seen in the top photo πŸ™‚

        Just need to rewire & fabricate a new armlift support thingie (the plastic one now has stripped threads for fixing screw)… and the time to do it !

        OOPS… don’t want to hi-jack the thread with gear-talk minutiae. Hope you get yours running BEFORE I get mine… or the Blog will suffer a significant dry spell.

      • Owen Smith April 25, 2016 at 21:46 #

        Surely a better reason for two arms would be one for CD-4 with an appropriate cartridge fed direct to a demodulator, and the other for stereo (including matrix quad).

  2. Doug April 23, 2016 at 17:36 #

    O.D. I have an admitted bias for vinyl. Which has surfaced in many of my past comments πŸ™‚ But after you took the time to explain to me the superior separation and phase accuracy from your digital decodes, I’ve learned to appreciate them much more. That said, I hope you get the turntable issues resolved

    • oxforddickie April 23, 2016 at 17:42 #

      Thanks. Indeed, cd and lossless transfers from the suppliers of high-res transfers are prefered for decoding purposes, but of course only a few encoded albums have been done, so the reliance on the original vinyl will always be high.

  3. Owen Smith April 22, 2016 at 09:59 #

    Don’t Rega give a lifetime warranty? Admittedly you’d have to send it away which would be a pain.

    • oxforddickie April 22, 2016 at 10:14 #

      Will look into it, i’ll admit that’s the rst i’ve heard of it if they do

    • Owen Smith April 22, 2016 at 13:53 #

      I read an interview once with the owner of Rega. Not only do they have a lifetime warranty I believe, but the actual development engineers all take turns doing repairs because that way they learn what breaks and how to design for longer life. The engineers also don’t like doing repairs so that’s another incentive to design out things that break.

    • Owen Smith April 22, 2016 at 13:57 #

      It’s a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects, found it easily on their web site. Still, hard to tell sat here whether your fault is a manufacturing defect or not. If the part was shoddy to start with and worn prematurely then it might count. Worth contacting them I reckon.

      • oxforddickie April 22, 2016 at 14:13 #

        Knowing my luck it’ll be down to ‘fair wear & tear’

  4. sacdtodvda April 22, 2016 at 02:40 #

    A cartoon from the New Yorker: Hi-Fi

    • Doug April 23, 2016 at 16:35 #

      I did chuckle at this. Clever cartoon. But another misconception peddled by the media. I found many splendid Pioneer and Sansui turntables at thrift stores. I paired them with reasonably priced ’70’s receivers and they blew away digital. But Ebay has negatively affected budget systems in the last fifteen years

  5. Owen Smith April 21, 2016 at 21:08 #

    I did wonder what was going on, thanks for the info. I had realised all the recent releases were from CD.

  6. jaypfunk April 21, 2016 at 14:23 #

    Thanks for the update.

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