GAS Guys, I've got a favor to ask

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Scott F.

GAS Guys, I've got a favor to ask
« on: 25 Jul 2020, 04:02 pm »
Nothing too major, just trying to help you clean out some spare gear on your shelves to help further corrupt a budding audiophile.

Back story
So last year I found out my young cousin was getting into vinyl. Greg is about 35, has a young family and is on a tight budget. Right now he's using an old Sony integrated. He stretched his budget and bought a Fluance turntable with (I think) an Ortofon cart. He was using a crappy pair of speaker/sub separates and the internal phonostage for playback.

So, I had Greg come over and I hooked him up with a pair of the Aperion Audio 6T floorstanders, we added a little Bellari phonostage, I gave him a Sony ES SACD player and a few SACDs, a giant pile of vinyl, a Spin Clean record cleaner and a big pile of GIK sound treatments. I also had him pick up some better speaker cable and decent interconnects, nothing great but better than undersized zip cord.

Now he's at the next juncture. He's looking to upgrade the phonostage (Bellari). He's got a budget of just north of $400. For that kind of money, I'm hoping to find something that is a nice step up from the Bellari. It doesn't have to have MC inputs. He'll be in the MM stage for a while.

Do any of you guys have a decent phonostage gathering dust on a shelf that you'd like to get rid of at a bargain price?

That typed, if somebody has an old integrated that has a good sounding phonostage, that might work also. The Sony he is using is the cheap, mass market version. It sounds sorta 'meh' but it does the job. A better integrated with an integral, decent sounding phonostage might be an option but it can't be anything that would need a ton of work.

So, can any of you local guys help with the further corruption of my kin?

TIA  :thumb: 


Re: GAS Guys, I've got a favor to ask
« Reply #1 on: 25 Jul 2020, 08:02 pm »
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Mr Peabody

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Re: GAS Guys, I've got a favor to ask
« Reply #2 on: 31 Jul 2020, 04:28 pm »
I have an AcousTech PH-1 Premier made by Sutherland for Acoustic Sounds, it got great reviews and retailed at $1695.00 some years ago.  They go used for around $750 give or take, if he could stretch to $500.00 I'd sell it since I'm not currently using it.  This would be a piece he could use for a long time without having to upgrade as his system builds.


Scott F.

Re: GAS Guys, I've got a favor to ask
« Reply #3 on: 1 Aug 2020, 02:26 pm »
Hi All,

I've got Greg coming by today. I've got something in the works that will be a change in direction for him, for the better. We'll see what his thoughts are and I'll share once he commits one way or the other.

Thanks for the offers! I may take you up on them depending on which way he goes.


Re: GAS Guys, I've got a favor to ask
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 01:00 am »
Hi Guys,

Sounds like a bargain price for phono stage.  I remember adding a good quality phono stage for the first time and I was amazed out how much better vinyl sounded. Its my preference over digital now.

Don't corrupt your cousin too much as he might get a divorce :).

Cheers Rod