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    Post by ? Ospink on Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:38 pm

    Peter Quaife wrote:Just finished restoring a non-functioning '50s Grundig turntable for my Sister-In-Law.

    I really wanted to get this thing working, as the console sounds amazing (based on the FM radio, which does function). Aside from the mechanical rehab, I pulled the primitive ceramic cartridge and installed a Stanton 680 w/ elliptical "HiFi" stylus, and balanced the arm to a reasonable 3.5g tracking force. I can now play my own records on it with confidence:



    The turntable's idler drive is impressively quiet, speed-accurate and stable. She's going to have a seriously sweet all-tube retro HiFi setup when I bring this thing back.

    Follow-up: I brought the turntable, restored with new magnetic cartridge, to my sister-in-law's place today. As expected, the unit required a proper phono stage (the original cart was a ceramic). I took the precaution of bringing my trusty old Shure phono preamp, which integrated nicely into the existing system. The amp chassis' switch assembly required much De-Oxit, and a a few of the original Telefunken tubes needed some re-seating and cleaning... but overall, the results were glorious:

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    Post by undo on Tue May 19, 2015 3:50 pm

    New Shuttle358 album arrived on my doorstep today.

    This is the first new album I've bought in a decade or so, I probably won't play it until I get a nice turntable in a couple of years and will just listen to the mp3s until then.

    Also ordered the new Stellar Om Source EP on a whim for $10 which will be coming in some time next week. Just so you know, I guess.
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    Post by Nick on Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:11 pm

    Just dropped $56 on the This Heat reissue bundle. They sold out of the multi-color vinyl fucking fast but it was limited to 300 copies.
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    Post by zappo on Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:56 pm

    I am sticking with my Out of Cold Storage CDs, but I still approve of your purchase.
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    Post by zappo on Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:57 pm

    True story: I purchased my copy of that box set from the bass player of Puffy Areolas.
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    Post by Paves on Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:41 pm

    zappo wrote:I am sticking with my Out of Cold Storage CDs, but I still approve of your purchase.

    Same here.

    The fact that Made Available isn't part of the LitA series makes me weep for the mid-'00s vinyl reissue market.
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    Post by Paves on Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:37 pm

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    I guess this is a "German import" from a few years after the original release?  The latter has a sick back cover photo, but I don't think there are any liner notes, which are included with this one.  This copy is in great condition, and quite a bit cheaper than the ones that don't say "ORIGINAL ROCK CLASSICS" on the front.  Copies of any versions don't turn up too often, anyway.

    I am pleased with this acquisition. victory
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    Post by undo on Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:54 pm

    Everything about this is completely insane.

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    Post by WP64 on Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:03 pm

    Guys, I never made that soundsystem. Fuck.
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    Post by BGwaves on Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:15 am

    Everything in its right place
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    Post by undo on Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:01 pm

    Would U consider it a waste of money to purchase a recording like this on vinyl?



    https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/depressive_silence
    https://www.discogs.com/Depressive-Silence-Depressive-Silence/release/4052802

    I mean, if U like it and want to have it and it means enough to U, then it's not a waste of money but would something like this that was initially a cassette-only release 20 years ago actually sound any better on a record? It says "Mastered specifically 4 the LP-format" but what does that even mean?
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    Post by undo on Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:31 pm

    I rescued one of these from the garbage a year ago and I'm just trying to get it up and running now. This video isn't mine.



    I don't know if this is a high-quality amplifier or a piece of garbage. It turns on fine but unlike the unit in this video, the volume control doesn't seem to work correctly. It's just really loud all the time, and trying to turn it down doesn't do anything.

    I know nothing about fixing electronics or restoring old equipment like this. I'd like to make the best of it, though.
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    Post by ? Ospink on Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:39 pm

    70s Sherwood amps were great. Made in Chicago. The very first time I drove solo into the city was to have my Sherwood amp repaired. They fixed it free of charge while I waited.
    undo wrote:I rescued one of these from the garbage a year ago and I'm just trying to get it up and running now. This video isn't mine.



    I don't know if this is a high-quality amplifier or a piece of garbage. It turns on fine but unlike the unit in this video, the volume control doesn't seem to work correctly. It's just really loud all the time, and trying to turn it down doesn't do anything.

    I know nothing about fixing electronics or restoring old equipment like this. I'd like to make the best of it, though.
    Did you try any other inputs?
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    Post by Nick on Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:12 pm

    Ordered Blonde from XL this morning. I usually buy my favorite album each year on vinyl and don't foresee enjoying another recording as much as that.
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    Post by undo on Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:19 pm

    ? Ospink wrote:70s Sherwood amps were great.   Made in Chicago.  The very first time I drove solo into the city was to have my Sherwood amp repaired.  They fixed it free of charge while I waited.
    undo wrote:I rescued one of these from the garbage a year ago and I'm just trying to get it up and running now. This video isn't mine.



    I don't know if this is a high-quality amplifier or a piece of garbage. It turns on fine but unlike the unit in this video, the volume control doesn't seem to work correctly. It's just really loud all the time, and trying to turn it down doesn't do anything.

    I know nothing about fixing electronics or restoring old equipment like this. I'd like to make the best of it, though.
    Did you try any other inputs?
    I get the same result when connecting a CD player to AUX1 or AUX2. The volume is just LOUD and there's no way to turn it down. However, the portable CD player I was testing this with has its own volume control, so if I connect it using the headphone jack as opposed to the "line out" jack, I can control the volume that way. Regardless of whether or not that works -- also, this is probably the first time I've ever wondered why portable CD players had 2 audio connections like that -- that doesn't really change the fact that there's something very wrong with this unit.

    Connecting my turntable to the phono inputs, even without actually playing a record, the unit started making rhythmic buh-bump sounds over and over again, quietly at first but slowly louder and louder until I just had to turn it off for fear of blowing my speakers (this phenomenon would cause the decibel meters to slowly spike higher and higher and into the red, which probably doesn't give you any clue as to what's happening here but I just wanted to mention that anyway). Again, the volume was all the way down here. This happened a few times. I tried again the next day and then everything seemed to be fine, but the main volume knob on the far right still didn't control everything. The smaller "phono level" volume knob on the far left does work and the volume can be turned up and down using that. I don't know why this seems to have two separate volume controls, if that's actually what they are.

    Later it started to smell funny and I couldn't tell if something inside was burning or not so I turned it off and unplugged it. I still haven't opened it up to look inside -- like I'd even know what I was looking for if I did -- so I don't know what it looks like in there. 

    If it would be helpful, assuming you could even diagnose the problem from where you are, I could take some pictures or try to record some of this happening.
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    Post by Ted Falconi on Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:00 pm

    Reckless.com wrote:JAMES GANG
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    With ther mega hit 'Walk Away'
    Available at: Milwaukee Ave.
    Used LP( Near Mint Condition ) $6.99

    High grade James Gang, UFO, and Jethro Tull records are way undervalued imo.
    Speculators take note. NM Alice Cooper records used to be everywhere for a couple bucks each.
    This is no longer the case, and these bands and their records are good and could become hip some day!
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    Post by undo on Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:32 pm

    I just merged the Vinyl Hounds thread with this thread and that was a mistake, I'm sorry.
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    Post by zappo on Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:39 am

    You monster.
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    Post by undo on Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:58 pm

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    Post by undo on Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:33 pm

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    Post by undo on Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:49 pm

    Just bought Return of the Super Ape and somehow got it new for $13, free shipping and Amazon auto-rip.

    This will finally fulfill me, I'm sure of it.
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    Post by zappo on Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:55 am

    That's a good album.
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    Post by Michael K. on Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:42 pm

    I bought that album on vinyl a couple years ago, pulled it out of the package and was alarmed at the state of the record. Green vinyl issue, fwiw, but it was shaped in circumference like a fancy pizza from a real italian joint and wobbly like an EKG. Returned it. I hope your experience is better.
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    Post by Michael K. on Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:38 am

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    Bought this today for 4.99. I know nothing about it, but maybe something like it was WP's avatar and I recall you, wrestlingpun, waxing about Italian music. So, 4.99, worth a shot. One song in and I'm a happy camper indeed.

    I also purchased three Tom T. Hall records, Al Green's Call Me, Cecil Taylor's Conquistador, a John Fahey christmas record, and Johnny Cash's Orange Blossom Special. Good day.
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    Post by WP64 on Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:31 am

    Hell yeah, man. Lucio Dalla is my favorite Italian artist.


    I've actually never heard the album you bought though. This is the first song of his that really connected with me.


    That's an unbelievable video of some Italian artists of the 70s after eating together at a restaurant. Dalla evidently can't play any instruments so he just sits there playing spoons and drunkenly humming the melody in the most over-exaggerated way possible. It's awesome.

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