RexBlog Feb 16, 2020 20:09:34 GMT
Post by rexton on Feb 16, 2020 20:09:34 GMT
Well everyone else has started one so I thought I'd reciprocate. My system has been pretty stable for many years. I'm not a big box swapper and firmly believe in experimenting and getting the most out of what I already own. I only generally purchase stuff after loads of research and then with the possibility of tweaking which is something I really enjoy. My system(s) are pretty well known to most people but I have three system. My first is based around a very highly modded Technics 1210/SME V combo which lives alongside a ATC STC2 preamp and ATC 50 active speakers with a Yannis Tome balance cable setup. My second system is based around a fully rebuilt Garrard 401/SME V-12 plinthed in a Martin Bastin MaxPlanck plinth. Phonostage is a very highly modded 4 box paradise or EAR 834P clone, preamp is a massively modded Croft EPOCH modded to run RCA 5691 (very very rare), power amp is a recapped and fettled Sondex S100 poweramp (a Radford STA100 in albeit name). Cabling is Mark Grant silver cables. Speakers are 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds in Warwick (350 litre) cabs. My third system is the REAL SOUND system based around Duelund cabling and IC's, pre amp power amps are Radford Renaissance STA25/SC25 speakers are highly modded (by me) Celestion Ditton 15's, deck is a two armed Garrard 301 with a SME 3012/3009 armed with various SPU's. The third system only comes out occasionally.
I'm in the middle of a cull and getting rid of a few bits and pieces to pay for some more upgrades and tweaks to my current systems. I'm happy with my systems and I honestly don't think I'll be moving away from what I've got. I'm happy to experiment and trial new stuff and have had a massive revelation with the Phasemation cartridges now moving away from high-end ortofons of which I've had the Kontrapunt, Rohman, Cadenza Black. I'm still enjoying my systems but I'm now very much into lateral thinking when spending my pennies. A good example being when I saved £895 by not buying a Long Doh Audio PSU for my Garrard 401. My PS Audio P10 pretty much did everything the Long Dog PSU had to offer. I bought some Belden mains cable to make a couple of extra long mains leads and then re-jigged the plugs into the back of the P10 I now have the 401 full system running through the P10 but now with and all the benefits of the Long Dog Audio PSU but without the outlay or another box! Sometimes you've got to bite the bullet and this is what happened when I saw a SME V-12 up for sale, ok it cost a few quid but nowhere near the £7500 asking price nowadays. I'll update this thread as the systems develop.