Demagnetise your mc cartridge (updated)

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. Welcome to the latest addition to the LJC  Hi Fi Toys Collection:  a moving coil cartridge demagnetiser, from US manufacturer Aesthetix. Delve into the murky and sinister world of hi-fi accessories. Forget which pressing sounds best: make them all sound … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: Poppin’ (1957) King Records

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Stereo that never was… Selection: Poppin’ – as published, in Stereo Or, as intended: Repeat Selection: Poppin’ – channels summed (50/50 “mono”) Artists: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone) Art Farmer (trumpet) Sonny Clark (piano) Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone) Paul Chambers (bass) Philly Joe … Continue reading

MJT+3: Make Everybody Happy (1960) Vee-Jay

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Selection: Silver Sweet – VeeJay Stereo Repeat selection: Silver Sweet –  summed channels (!!) Artists Willie Thomas (trumpet) Frank Strozier (alto saxophone) Harold Mabern (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Walter Perkins (drums) recorded at Universal Recording, Chicago, IL, February 5 & 8, … Continue reading

Home Listening Improvements 2014

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We have been in Outer Space a while, now it’s time to come down to Earth An occasional post for the hi-fi enthusiast. Devotees of music through hand-held multi-tasking devices may wish to look away at this point. This post … Continue reading

Berlin, 1966

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Agent Harry Palmer, Funeral in Berlin (1966) Telefunken ECC83 valve (made in  Berlin, 1966) Just arrived at LJC, a pair of the mighty Telefunken ECC83’s, known in the US as 12AX7’s, “new old stock” (NOS), mint unused matched pairs from 1966. Time-machine … Continue reading

New hifi pre-amp: Less is now More (more or less)

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Another instalment in the never-ending search for sound improvement Welcoming a new addition to the LJC family: the custom built World Designs Pre 3 valve pre-amplifier Evolution of a system My music system has been built on Linn for over 25 … Continue reading

Dilemas of the Modern Age – an occasional series

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Occasional series highlighting Dilemas of the Modern Age. No 1 What’s an aesthetically-sensitive serious HiFi and modern jazz  buff supposed to do? It’s been a mixed few days. A vintage shrink-wrapped sealed record bought on ebay turns out to be damaged, concealed … Continue reading

Dedicated valve pre-amp nirvana

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Valve based phono-stage amplifier custom-built to partner the Te Kaitora Rua Dynavector moving coil cartridge. Design and custom component specification by Man-in-a-Shed, assembled by Matthew Snell of World Designs, testing and tuning by John Caswell, audio engineer extraordinaire. Upgrades Extra-smoothing capacitors – Charcroft Z-foil … Continue reading

The Beast from The East

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From the Land of the Rising Yen… The Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua (New Zealandish for The Explorer)  – the Beast from The East – has landed. View at 1600 pixels and marvel. Downloaders and acolytes of The Evil Silver Disk would better shield … Continue reading

Taken to the Cleaners

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More Vinyl talk, while I prepare records to blog next. The record cleaning mix muddle Tired of paying £20 for a litre for record cleaning fluid for your vacuum machine, and waiting weeks for the postman  to call each time you run … Continue reading

Getting the most from the Less-Evil Black Disk

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This post is addressed to followers of the Less Evil Black Disc. Followers of its evil twin, the silver disc, (pictured)  may find this a good moment to don their satanic robes and prepare a little human sacrifice to placate The Silver One. … Continue reading

Get into the groove, for sound improvement

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An occasional post about the technical aspects of getting the best out of vinyl, prompted by the recent purchase of a number of records on Ebay with surface noise issues. If you are a follower of The Cult of the … Continue reading