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Old 1st Aug 2021, 1:22 pm   #2461
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Default Re: The Audiophoolery Thread.

Let's not forget that the record deck in A Clockwork Orange was a Transcriptors Hydraulic Reference. A deck that was a thing of beauty that I lusted after so much it almost hurt, but could never afford back then.

https://www.officialtranscriptors.com/turntables/

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Old 1st Aug 2021, 4:06 pm   #2462
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Default Re: The Audiophoolery Thread.

A colleague had one and it was certainly fine, but he had the sense to get a nice SME3009 and not the wierd Transcriptors one.

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Old 14th Aug 2021, 4:53 pm   #2463
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eBay ads.
Well I think I have seen it all now!
A used ECC82 - 183
3 used ECC83 parts not working 332
A used ECC83 "Extremely rare" tests above average, whatever that means!!!!!!!
1450.00!!!!!!!!!!
The world has gone stark raving bonkers - I am sitting on a fortune here in the workshop.

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Don't think it will do the valves much good if you sit on them
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Old 14th Aug 2021, 7:13 pm   #2464
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So what parts of a valve can you use? and would you pay 100 for a display only valve
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Old 14th Aug 2021, 8:39 pm   #2465
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Best not to comment. Laugh or cry privately... I can't decide.

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Old 14th Aug 2021, 8:39 pm   #2466
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You might pay 100 for it if you thought you could sell it for more. I'm afraid there are some who are just in it for the money.

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Old 16th Aug 2021, 4:00 am   #2467
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I found a box of 'display only valves' here yesterday. By which I mean valves the only function of which is to display something. Nixie tubes, of course <groan>

I guess some valves make nice ornaments if you are into that sort of thing. Provided the glass is intact and the vacuum still good (so the getter hasn't turned white), it wouldn't matter if they had no emission or an open-circuit heater. But not ECC83s. And not for 100...
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Old 18th Aug 2021, 12:11 am   #2468
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Some years back I was browsing the vintage electronics section of Ebay and saw a 'lucky dip' box of valves, unidentified and untested - one stood out - I was 90% sure it was either a type 50 triode or possibly a 300B, I already had a lone 50 and wanted a second for a possible SE stereo amp build, I won the auction for $30 and eagerly awaited the delivery of the box - it arrived looking like it had been used by the post office sorting crew as a football for lunch break games, one valve only was broken - a Western Electric engraved base 300B - I was compensated by the seller as I had contacted him and paid extra for 'secure' packaging - his idea of secure was to shove all the valves in a box and stuff newspaper around the edges to prevent rattles - the compensation did not even go part way to making me feel better.
The remains of the 300B had an intact filament so it would probably have tested ok, I ended up breaking away the remains of the glass envelope and offering it on Ebay as a display piece - it did sell for around $10.
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Old 18th Aug 2021, 7:06 am   #2469
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A colleague had one and it was certainly fine, but he had the sense to get a nice SME3009 and not the wierd Transcriptors one.

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I can't disagree. But one with the original arm, stylus cleaning brush, and the sweep arm brush sells for a lot more than one that has been retrofitted with an SME, which as you say most people would.

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Old 18th Aug 2021, 7:34 am   #2470
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Default Re: The Audiophoolery Thread.

The hydraulic reference turntable was sold both with the transcriptors arm and armless, ready for a 3009, so there was no such thing as an original arm for Peter's turntable. His 3009 was the first arm ever fitted to it. Back in the day, of course, no-one gave a thought to resale prices 50 years in the future and the SME does seem to have proven itself as the better arm.

I just remember once seeing a 'vestigial arm' trying to track a warped record. I'd like to be able to forget it.

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Old 22nd Aug 2021, 9:20 pm   #2471
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Default Brand new hifi record players with built-in speakers

https://symbolaudio.com/audio/modern-record-player/

Looks fun... if you've got very deep pockets! And I wonder how they avoid acoustic feedback.

I think I'll stick with my Pye Black Box
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Old 22nd Aug 2021, 9:37 pm   #2472
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Hi Nick i would agree with you that record player will not last as last long as your Pye Black Box 60 + years kind regards Bob
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 12:36 am   #2473
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Default Re: Brand new hifi record players with built-in speakers

I would also have to wonder about their definition of 'hi-fi'.
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 1:58 am   #2474
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Looks like the cabinet was designed by Dieter Rams of Braun fame.
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 2:11 am   #2475
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3295? Couldn't one buy a "proper" system for that much? Or am I missing something?

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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 5:52 am   #2476
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Default Re: Brand new hifi record players with built-in speakers

You could buy a proper system for about a tenth as much. But would your friends be as impressed?
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 7:41 am   #2477
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Default Re: Brand new hifi record players with built-in speakers

Based on a Rega deck.
You could buy a REGA deck, Rega Amp and some maybe Q Acoustic Speakers for much less than that, it would sound better and look like a proper Hi-Fi system.
But no-one wants that these days, it's got to be 'Lifestyle' and look like this for people to want and be impressed with it/by it.

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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 7:50 am   #2478
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A fool and his money are soon parted.
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 7:53 am   #2479
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This is a machine for hipsters to play their vinyls on. It's nothing so common as a record player or hifi system that you'd put ordinary records on. The price tells them so.

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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 8:11 am   #2480
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Default Re: Brand new hifi record players with built-in speakers

Perhaps this should be merged with the long running audiophoolery thread? I notice that the stand isn't included in the basic price and costs another $500. Probably sounds like a Dansette but then some people like Dansettes.

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