Vinyl Newbies - this is in your topic to chime in

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Re: Vinyl Newbies - this is in your topic to chime in
« Reply #220 on: 15 Mar 2016, 01:34 am »
It's a good thing to remember there are additional expenses of record cleaning, stylus cleaning, and a carbon fiber brush and other do dads.  It's not exactly brain surgery, but set up separates the okay from the amazingly like music  with a good recording.  That's the intimidating news, and the good news - you have choices right from the beginning.  You might want DIY record cleaning with a $100 machine from Canada and your own vac, or an ultrasonic no tooth decay cleaner for $4K or so. 

If you learn the set up stuff from the get go you'll develop the confidence and knowledge to make intelligent choices and hear for yourself what you like.  The other side of that is audiofool itis - the race to the top $ spent, bragging rights etc. 
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Re: Vinyl Newbies - this is in your topic to chime in
« Reply #221 on: 15 Mar 2016, 01:41 am »
Just ordered my first turntable in over 25 years, a Rega RP-6 with Exact-2 cartridge.  Since my preamp doesn't have a phono stage, I also ordered a Rega Fono MM phono preamp. 

The cartridge will be factory installed so I don't think the setup should be too challenging.  In anticipation of this purchase I've bought about a dozen LP's to get started.

I don't have a record cleaning devices, not even a brush.

I expect the turntable to arrive Wednesday or Thursday.  Any newbie advice or suggestions for getting started would be welcomed. 

Bob
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Re: Vinyl Newbies - this is in your topic to chime in
« Reply #222 on: 15 Mar 2016, 02:57 am »
A good brush, one for records, one for the stylus, and a cheap electronic tracking force gauge are essentials.  Here's a good little scale http://www.dx.com/p/ds-11-1-5-lcd-20g-0-001g-portable-mini-digital-scale-w-blue-backlight-black-silver-2-x-aaa-365665#.Vud2PnopAv4 I have a similar model.  Brushes are cheap, any carbon fiber record brush will do for starters.  I like the discwasher stylus brush, some like a softer, art brush type.  Good luck, have fun.

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Re: Vinyl Newbies - this is in your topic to chime in
« Reply #223 on: 18 Mar 2016, 01:56 am »
Sorry I didn't comment sooner but I've been busy fussing and listening.

I received the table yesterday.  Naturally I unpacked it and tried to set it up as soon as I got home from work.  Mercifully, the cartridge was factory installed.  I found the included instructions for setting up the tracking force and anti-bias somewhat lacking, at least for someone who's been out of analog as long as I have. I called my dealer, who walked me through it.  Later I found better instructions on the Rega website, and managed to fine tune it.  Initially, I'd set it too light and it was lifting on some records.  Now I think I've got it right.

I'm sure you all know this already but the sound is different, better, more natural and organic than even the best of my SACD's or high resolution DSD and FLAC files.  It's hard to describe the difference but it's there. 

I'm not sure what I was expecting but I'm really surprised how solid and weighty the base is with this table/arm/cartridge combination has.  My dealer didn't like the interconnects that I was using between the Fono MM and my BAT VK-30i, so he's sending me another brand to try, which he suggested would open up the highs more.  They don't sound "closed" to me now, but I'll report on them when I get them. 

I appreciate the comments and suggestions about the need for a record cleaner.  I'll need one soon; and a tracking force gauge to confirm that I've got it setup right. 

Between last night and tonight, I've listened to all of my meager vinyl collection, but more is on the way. 

Bottom line, no disappointments.  It was worth the wait and worth the investment.

Bob

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Re: Vinyl Newbies - this is in your topic to chime in
« Reply #224 on: 19 Mar 2016, 03:39 pm »
I just received new Chameleon Silver Plus interconnects, from The Chord Company, for the connection between the Fono MM and the BAT VK30.  They seem to have opened up the higher frequencies and evened out the frequency response compared to the MIT 330 cables I started with. 

I'm supposed to head upstate for dinner with a beautiful woman.  I should leave soon.  I may be late.

Bob

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Re: Vinyl Newbies - this is in your topic to chime in
« Reply #225 on: 19 Sep 2016, 09:05 pm »
Smart people, is there a rule of thumb on $ spent on cart vs cost of turntable ? or go with the most expensive cart you can because the cart makes more difference to the sound than the TT ,no??
thanks
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Re: Vinyl Newbies - this is in your topic to chime in
« Reply #226 on: 20 Sep 2016, 12:17 am »
Smart people, is there a rule of thumb on $ spent on cart vs cost of turntable ? or go with the most expensive cart you can because the cart makes more difference to the sound than the TT ,no??
thanks
Scott

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