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Nothing like shoveling snow in freezing weather, coming back in the house, and warming my hands on good ol' Freya. Mar 3, 2019

    1. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Set up my new Freya tonight. Been listening for about an hour. It is, by far, the hottest [temperature] piece of gear in my system.
    2. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      For those of you with RCMs (e.g. Nitty Gritty, VPI Cyclone, Okki Nokki, etc.): How often do you clean an individual record?
      1. crazychile
        crazychile
        When I was into vinyl I used the VPI cleaner before every play about 85% of the time if it had gone back into the sleeve. Otherwise maybe every other play. I dont think you have to worry about doing it too much once you know how much fluid to use.
        Jan 23, 2019
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Wow! That's quite a bit. How do you keep track?
        Jan 24, 2019
      3. crazychile
        crazychile
        I never kept track...It was just a routine of clean it every time. But sometimes I was lazy or didn't want to interrupt the flow of a spinning marathon and would skip the cleaning unless it was visibly dusty. I also rarely needed to clean my stylus. Of which I was a little paranoid anyway. Don't obsess about it, just know that you really can't clean the records too often.
        Jan 25, 2019
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    3. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Does anyone here use a Concept2 rowing machine regularly? At home or at the gym?
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        It is a good workout, and I can use it to keep my heart rate up while circuit training. Also, having one at home saves me a trip to the gym. I can see why some dislike it. They can be punishingly monotonous!
        Jan 20, 2019
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      3. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        Weirdest gift ever! Used one... they seem to be well regarded as rowing machines go, but damn are they boring to use. Also, they are great for leaving puddles of sweat all over the place.
        Jan 20, 2019
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Yes, they can be boring. Fortunately, I can change things up - intervals, distance, time, etc. - for variety’s sake. Today I went to the gym, because I didn’t want to work the flywheel. :-)
        Jan 21, 2019
    4. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      What do you folk do to clean your CDs?
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Get kimtech wipes on Amazon. Something I learned from my lab research days. I use them more for soldering electronics, but they are great for glasses and CDs.
        Jan 19, 2019
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Do you use any liquid cleaner in combination w/Kimtech Wipes, or do you use them dry for CDs?
        Jan 21, 2019
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I just use the wipes. Some liquids are okay but avoid acetone for sure.
        Jan 21, 2019
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    5. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I don't know how to describe Ortofon 2M Red sound in my system. It seems OK, but there's just an edge to it I don't like.
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Not a fair battle, but 2M Red is my least favorite. Others I have: Otello, VM750SH, V15 Type III
        Jan 19, 2019
      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I did upgrade to 2M Blue, but 2M Red is far from sucktown. Put it on 2g VTF for the first 50 hours. It takes longer than most to open up.
        Jan 19, 2019
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        I've got over 100 hrs on the 2M Red. It isn't bad, but isn't what I'd call "refined" or "resolving." Channel separation is so-so, too. Solid entry cart, though. The Grado SR-80e of the cart world.
        Jan 19, 2019
    6. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Cleaning vinyl while watching hockey game in the man cave.
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    7. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I just purchased a Freya. That should simplify things. Feed everything into Freya, and Freya feeds my TX-8555 and Taurus MkII.
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    8. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Soundsmith Otello set up correctly. About to dork out and do needle drop comparison with A-T VM750SH...
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      2. JK47
        JK47
        How many hours on each cart?
        Jan 14, 2019
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        LOL... Good point... probably about 100 on the AT, and 0.5 on the Soundsmith. Well... do one now, and do one 100 hrs later. :-)
        Jan 14, 2019
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Busily getting some hours on the Otello. Tbt, it sounds pretty good with 1 hour on it.
        Jan 14, 2019
    9. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Purchased a Nakamichi DR-2 to round out my audio system. Last thing on list: SACD player.
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      3. Abhishek Chowdhary
        Abhishek Chowdhary
        Had seen a Dragon series Nakamichi tape few months back. Mammoth build. Was in bad shape though
        Also auditioned a Nakamichi CR5 and it played great through a Sansui AU5900 + Mission 777
        Jan 13, 2019
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Dragons are nice. There are some good ones on eBay, but more than I wanted to pay. CR5 3 or 2 heads?
        Jan 13, 2019
      5. Mystic
        Mystic
        Spending over a grand on a tape deck in 2018 just doesn't feel right. Unlike vinyl, cassettes have not aged well. A nice condition Nakamichi for under $300 is about all you need.
        Jan 13, 2019
    10. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Getting ready to shovel my driveway... more snow coming, but wife returning soon and steep incline. :-)
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    11. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Ate an entire dragonfruit. Never expected it to work faster than Miralax.
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      3. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        I love dragonfruit (the ones in Thailand are tasty, the ones here suck). But yeah, they do boost the... regularity... quite noticeably.
        Jan 9, 2019
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      4. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Have 2, they're small!
        Jan 9, 2019
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      5. DigMe
        DigMe
        Dragonfruit is just not a fruit with big popping taste. I like the subtle hint of flavor it has and the texture but we’re not talking mangos here.
        Jan 10, 2019
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    12. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Getting a taste of the Soundsmith sound. Got a new Otello showing up this week. See how it stacks up vs. my A-T VM750SH.
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    13. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Happy New Year!
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    14. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Recovering from the flu... now I think I may have bronchitis! Arrrgh...
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      2. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Get well soon!
        Dec 31, 2018
      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Pneumonia sucks. Wishing you a speedy recovery and an illness-free 2019.
        Dec 31, 2018
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Thanks, folks! Everyone have a safe, but fun New Year’s!
        Dec 31, 2018
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    15. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Merry Christmas, SBAF! Y’all be safe, OK?
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        I'll live with tons of Rum.
        Dec 23, 2018
      3. FallingObjects
        FallingObjects
        Rumnog. 50% rum, 50% nog.
        Dec 23, 2018
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    16. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Code “YES15” gets buyers 15% off purchases over $100 at Music Direct today. Stumbled across it a few min ago...
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    17. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      For those of you with RCMs... is the waste water dirty - like bong water, or is it even worse?
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Didn't have a chance to get to the shop, so I picked out a thrashed Joe Walsh LP I bought used as well as my used Herb Alpert collection that's pretty rough. This Okki Nokki is easy to use.
        Dec 21, 2018
      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Also, the "bath water" is cloudy, but not anything that would make me go "WHOA!" Probably because my LPs are relatively clean. Be interesting to see what some thrift store stock would do to the water. :-)
        Dec 21, 2018
      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Particulates from cigarette smoke and other things people smoke get everywhere. You might not notice grungy water until you clean a bunch in a row....mignt even be green, lol.
        Dec 22, 2018
    18. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Hey, Dire Straits fans... the MoFi 45rpm Brothers In Arms is in stock at MoFi and Music Direct. MFSL 2-441. Listening now. Sounds great!
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      2. westermac
        westermac
        Dec 20, 2018
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      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I still think this is funny to celebrate an analog version of this album because it was the first digital multi-track album. I am sure the MoFi version is great as always.
        Dec 20, 2018
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    19. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      FYI: Several Elvis Costello vinyl MoFi releases are on sale at Music Direct. I purchased "goodbye cruel world" for $9.99 + shipping.
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      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Nevermind. I bought When I was Cruel on CD. My bad.
        Dec 18, 2018
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        B&C, PtC $14.99, IB, Trust, Almost Blue 19.99. TYM, KoA reg price $39.99 and $34.99. Get Happy!! is special 45 rpm 2LP $49.99
        Dec 18, 2018
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        I’ve got all the MoFi pressings except My Aim is True and Armed Forces. They are outstanding. Non-MoFi reissue Armed Forces = trash. AVOID!
        Dec 18, 2018
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    20. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Any SBAF members in MO?
      1. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        About 5 miles south of the state line.
        Dec 16, 2018
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    Location:
    Missouri
    Gear List:
    DAC: Schiit Gungnir MB Gen 5
    Head Amp: AURALiC Taurus MkII, Vali 2 [assorted tubes]
    Headphones: Elex, HD650, DT880, D2000, K601, TX-X00, HE-4XX, SR-80e, M220
    CD/SACD/Data Disc Hi-Res: Denon DCD-1600NE
    Cassette: Nakamichi DR-2
    Pre-Amp: Schiit Freya [Tung-Sol]
    Integrated Amp: Onkyo TX-8555
    Turntable: Technics SL-1210GR
    Cartridges: Ortofon 2M Red, Shure V15 Type III [JICO VN35HE], Audio-Technica VM750SH, Soundsmith Otello
    Miscellaneous: PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter
    Speakers: Polk Audio RT25i

    Signature

    TT: SL-1210GR | DAC: Gungnir MB | CD/SACD: DCD-1600NE | Tape: DR-2
    Phonostage: NPC | Pre-Amp: Freya | Amp: TX-8555, Taurus MkII | Speakers: RT25i | HP: HD650, Elex