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mzimme
02-05-2013, 07:50 PM
Anyone play vinyl around here? I'm younger (29), so I didn't really grow up with that being my main source of music back in the day since cassette's and CD's were around. I inherited my grandpa's old turntable and have recently gotten into the hobby. I've been buying some of my favorite albums on LP's and enjoying them the old fashion way. Picked up an old set of Klipsch Kg4's and have been rocking out ever since. Anyone have some cool old LP's that might be rare, or just into the hobby in general. It's fun actually getting something with a record that you buy besides just some digital file stored on a computer.

My little fun area:

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/zimstang/20130204_180635_zps8fcb74db.jpg


Before I hooked it up around my TV.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/zimstang/20130131_192055_zpsab9d4569.jpg

tex
02-05-2013, 07:51 PM
I got Two turntables and a microphone!

neil.anderson63
02-05-2013, 07:59 PM
Yo, mizimme! If you can grow out a mullet, work up a cool mix tape, I'll fire up the '72 chevelle and we can cruise chicks on saturdays???
I miss vinyl - My kids asked my a few years ago while holding an LP - How do you play these discs??

mzimme
02-05-2013, 08:01 PM
Yo, mizimme! If you can grow out a mullet, work up a cool mix tape, I'll fire up the '72 chevelle and we can cruise chicks on saturdays???
I miss vinyl - My kids asked my a few years ago while holding an LP - How do you play these discs??

Hahah that's awesome... I can do the mullet thing. Fire up that chevelle and lets roll!

Kweisner
02-05-2013, 08:37 PM
Well, you guys have stumbled into my arena. . .before catching MCOCD, I had a similar condition called Audiophilia Nervosa. As a 50 year old, I grew up on vinyl and analog stereo. I still listen to a LOT of vinyl on a 'table that's current production and have some cutting edge engineering (carbon fiber tonearm, sapphire bearing, 18 lb machined platter, tuned/sprung suspension and digital speed control).

So the next time someone is giving you grief about how much you spent on your boat/accessory/etc., you can say, "That's nothing. You should see what some people spend on turntables." There are current decent production models starting around $300 but you can spend over $100K (you read that right).

At any rate, it's not about the hardware--it's about the music and there's a ton of stuff that never made it to CD or MP3, and a lot of the stuff that did sounds like crap. Vinyl was always a pretty good medium, but the playback gear was pretty weak. Fast forward to the 21st century, and CNC milling, precision electronics, computer aided design mean that the playback gear is finally able to get all the music off the record--it's kind of cool listening to older albums and hearing new stuff coming through. Anyway, here's my rig:

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/picture.php?albumid=811&pictureid=4942

And the whole system:

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/picture.php?albumid=811&pictureid=4941

mzimme
02-05-2013, 09:07 PM
Very cool... looks like a nice setup. What all do you have there? I'm on the following:

Project/One TT
Rotel 985BX integrated amp
Klipsch Kg4's

The other thing there is just a goodwill find to give me a phono pre-amp haha.

Tristarboarder
02-05-2013, 09:07 PM
Cool thread! Who would have thought...

Kweisner
02-05-2013, 09:34 PM
Hey mzimme,

You've got a nice rig there too. . .very solid gear that can last a lifetime. My first "modern era" TT was a Project (one of the earliest models) and it got me back into vinyl. I have also owned a couple of Rotel pieces--love their gear and still have a CD spinner around here somewhere.

As for my system. . .the Pre-amp is Balanced Audio Technology (all analog/vacuum tubes). Amp is also BAT (solid state), Marantz SACD player and the speakers are Vandersteen Model 5. I also stream digital via Apple's Airport Express feeding a PS Audio DAC--a great option for whole house sound, convenience, party mode, etc. But for serious listening, it's either vinyl or SACD. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions at all--happy to share my own experiences in audio!

There are some great companies for audiophile quality vinyl but be warned it's expensive (like $20-$30 per album). I love finding LPs at used record stores for a buck or two, cleaning them up and then giving 'em a spin. For 70s and early 80s classic rock, look for Warner Bros. albums (Doobie Bros, Fleetwood Mac, Little Feat, many others). Their vinyl always sounds best to me. I use a Spin-Clean for old albums--it works great but as with all things "audiophile" it'll seem expensive for what you get. On the other hand, it does a great job cleaning records and that's what you're after.

mzimme
02-06-2013, 12:01 AM
Hey mzimme,

You've got a nice rig there too. . .very solid gear that can last a lifetime. My first "modern era" TT was a Project (one of the earliest models) and it got me back into vinyl. I have also owned a couple of Rotel pieces--love their gear and still have a CD spinner around here somewhere.

As for my system. . .the Pre-amp is Balanced Audio Technology (all analog/vacuum tubes). Amp is also BAT (solid state), Marantz SACD player and the speakers are Vandersteen Model 5. I also stream digital via Apple's Airport Express feeding a PS Audio DAC--a great option for whole house sound, convenience, party mode, etc. But for serious listening, it's either vinyl or SACD. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions at all--happy to share my own experiences in audio!

There are some great companies for audiophile quality vinyl but be warned it's expensive (like $20-$30 per album). I love finding LPs at used record stores for a buck or two, cleaning them up and then giving 'em a spin. For 70s and early 80s classic rock, look for Warner Bros. albums (Doobie Bros, Fleetwood Mac, Little Feat, many others). Their vinyl always sounds best to me. I use a Spin-Clean for old albums--it works great but as with all things "audiophile" it'll seem expensive for what you get. On the other hand, it does a great job cleaning records and that's what you're after.

Appreciate the insight. I bought this to clean: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00171G6PE/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00

I've bought a few new albums... the latest one was a Sublime album. It came on nice 180 gram vinyl. It sounds great through my setup... way better than streaming music that comes off of my phone. It's really been fun getting into this hobby. Just perfect though, another hobby to dump a bunch of money into. :D

EarmarkMarine
02-06-2013, 12:30 AM
WOW! An analog tuner dial with a real flywheel so I wouldn't have to wait for my crappy digital tuner to catch up? Give me the good ole days of two channel Hi Fi.
I have a West German made Thorens table with a Micro Acoustics cartridge. Can't imagine what that would cost to replace today. Use it regularly.
You will find some great vinyl at estate sales....I don't mean to date any of us.
You can get just about any artist on vinyl on the net these days.

David

bbymgr
02-06-2013, 01:27 AM
Anyone play vinyl around here? I'm younger (29), so I didn't really grow up with that being my main source of music back in the day since cassette's and CD's were around. I inherited my grandpa's old turntable and have recently gotten into the hobby. I've been buying some of my favorite albums on LP's and enjoying them the old fashion way. Picked up an old set of Klipsch Kg4's and have been rocking out ever since. Anyone have some cool old LP's that might be rare, or just into the hobby in general. It's fun actually getting something with a record that you buy besides just some digital file stored on a computer.

My little fun area:

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/zimstang/20130204_180635_zps8fcb74db.jpg




Before I hooked it up around my TV.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/zimstang/20130131_192055_zpsab9d4569.jpg

Love the "old School" KG4's. I used to have a set of Forte's that I got in 1988. I miss them, but I am still hooked on my Polk RTA 11's I got in 1991. I'll never get rid of them.

d2jp
02-06-2013, 01:39 PM
Like an idiot, I threw away my Philips GA222 turntable years ago. Not sure what I was thinking. Oh yeah, I was thinking vinyl is dead, CD's are the future:)
Thankfully I've kept my Yamaha CR1020 receiver. My 15 y/o daughter likes vinyl, so I bought a cheapie turntable from DAK (another blast from the past). We've had fun playing my old albums and shopping pawn shops and vintage store searching for albums. I'm on the lookout for a Yamaha YP-D8 turntable to keep the CR1020 company. I still have my old DiscWasher too.

neil.anderson63
02-06-2013, 01:48 PM
Because of this thread... I dug around in the basement and found my old technics table... hooked it up and listened to some Styx, Point of Know Return last night..... hmmmmmm,, where did I hide my reefer???

kpickett
02-06-2013, 02:29 PM
Hey mzimme,
As for my system. . .the Pre-amp is Balanced Audio Technology (all analog/vacuum tubes). Amp is also BAT (solid state), Marantz SACD player and the speakers are Vandersteen Model 5. I also stream digital via Apple's Airport Express feeding a PS Audio DAC--a great option for whole house sound, convenience, party mode, etc. But for serious listening, it's either vinyl or SACD. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions at all--happy to share my own experiences in audio!


@Kweisner - Very nice Vandersteen Model 5s! I have Vandy Model 2s and his Model 2W subwoofer. I'd love to go to Model 5s some day, but they're a little rich for my blood these days. I'm running a Thorens turntable. I'd like to hear more about your turntable setup.

Have you ever talked to Vandersteen himself? He's a really interesting guy.

Ski-me
02-06-2013, 02:31 PM
Because of this thread... I dug around in the basement and found my old technics table... hooked it up and listened to some Styx, Point of Know Return last night..... hmmmmmm,, where did I hide my reefer???

Styx - Paradise Theatre vinyl "laser etched hologram".....:headbang:

mlawler34
02-06-2013, 02:31 PM
I still listen to vinyl all the time with my girlfriends dad. I request most songs on vinyl as opposed to CD's. Sometimes i have to resort to CD's because what i requested has never been open/played.

Also, being only slightly older than me, you may be happy to know that Incubus recently released every one of their albums on Vinyl a few months back. If i had any extra cash (not going into the MC or the car) I would have scooped them all up myself already!

Good luck!

Ski-me
02-06-2013, 02:34 PM
I had a great system back in college but once the family started coming in, the speakers were too big for my wife's liking. And with surround sound, that made it more difficult too.

Tried the Adcom 3 channel surround processor for awhile but eventually just too complicated and a lot of adjustments constantly.

I just put it away though....too nice of stuff!

Carver TFM-45 Amp
Dahlquist DQ-30 speakers
Mark Levingson Pre-amp
Carver Tube CD player
Pioneer Vinyl record player

I should bring that stuff out and hook it all back up again. It sounded SOOOOO.... nice!!

rgardjr1
02-06-2013, 03:21 PM
Pioneer Vinyl record player

That's pretty good coming from the first guy I knew that owned a Sony Discman ...

Ski-me
02-06-2013, 04:22 PM
That's pretty good coming from the first guy I knew that owned a Sony Discman ...

Hey, now! That thing was portable with the optional 4 - C size battery case! :woohoo:

east tx skier
02-06-2013, 06:36 PM
I have had a Sony turntable that has been very reliable and lots of good vinyl. My mom has the cool setup though. McIntosh tube amp, preamp, tuner, and turntable in a console. Absolutely beautiful set of equipment.

neil.anderson63
02-06-2013, 06:41 PM
I am a reformed owner of an "astraltune" http://www.justabuzz.com/astraltune.shtml Call Sherman and Mr Peabody... Fire up the way-back machine for 1976.
Tonight the little woman and I are going to rock out to Foreigner and Yes. We are hooked on vintage vinyl.... Thank you very much Mzimme!!

neil.anderson63
02-06-2013, 06:42 PM
double posted - stupid, dirty pc....

EarmarkMarine
02-06-2013, 07:36 PM
Through the years I have owned a number of speakers. One of my favorites was the ESS AMT1s using Heil Air Motion Transformers. Not that they were the last word in accuracy, but the dynamics were amazing on music like ELP, Rick Wakeman, Pink Floyd and so on. Presently I run a pair of Dali Euphonia MS5s. They're great. But I am also extremely impressed with the Vandersteens and would be just as happy with yours versus mine....maybe even happier with yours. I see design influences in some of the Vandersteens that seem to stem from the early Dahlquist DQ10s although they have nothing in common appearance wise.
Recently I got a pair of Sennheiser HD-650 headphones with a dedicated headphone amplifier. I'm still working my way through my music with the headphones and discovering new details and layers. And I can really enjoy music without disturbing anyone. I highly recommend a headphone/amplifier package like this to anyone. One of my favorite things.

David

Kweisner
02-06-2013, 07:50 PM
@Kweisner - Very nice Vandersteen Model 5s! I have Vandy Model 2s and his Model 2W subwoofer. I'd love to go to Model 5s some day, but they're a little rich for my blood these days. I'm running a Thorens turntable. I'd like to hear more about your turntable setup.

Have you ever talked to Vandersteen himself? He's a really interesting guy.

Hey kpickett--thanks for the props on the Model 5s. I had (well, still have) a 2Wq sub that was paired up with Magnepan 1.6s--an awesome combo but not the right fit for my current listening room. Love Vandy speakers--a lot like MC (great value: solid engineering, designed to last a lifetime and perform well the whole time). If you don't already know, keep an eye out for used Model5s over at Audiogon-dot-com. They do come up fairly regularly at about 1/2 retail.

I have actually gotten a call at home from Richard--sent an email question to their general mailbox and he picked up and dialed me himself. Very no-nonsense in a good kind of way.

Table is an Avid Volvere with a Wilson-Benesch tonearm, which is from a W-B Full Circle table (which I also still have--i find it hard to part with gear that I've loved). My current room is not a great environment for a table and the Avid isolates itself from all kinds of vibration the way no other table can. Feel free to PM me with any questions so I din't end up putting TT members to sleep with all kinds of details!

Kweisner
02-06-2013, 07:54 PM
Because of this thread... I dug around in the basement and found my old technics table... hooked it up and listened to some Styx, Point of Know Return last night..... hmmmmmm,, where did I hide my reefer???

Check your copy of "Frampton Comes Alive"--if you ever used a double album cover as a "cleaning device" you'll know what I'm talking about

Kweisner
02-06-2013, 07:56 PM
I had a great system back in college but once the family started coming in, the speakers were too big for my wife's liking. And with surround sound, that made it more difficult too.

Tried the Adcom 3 channel surround processor for awhile but eventually just too complicated and a lot of adjustments constantly.

I just put it away though....too nice of stuff!

Carver TFM-45 Amp
Dahlquist DQ-30 speakers
Mark Levingson Pre-amp
Carver Tube CD player
Pioneer Vinyl record player

I should bring that stuff out and hook it all back up again. It sounded SOOOOO.... nice!!

YES, you should!!

east tx skier
02-06-2013, 08:21 PM
You haven't heard Abbey Road unless you have listened to the vinyl version. There is so much warmth and detail lost in the original remaster. I haven't bothered to check out the 2009 re-remaster, but it has met with mixed reviews. My version is a UK Apple original release from 1969 (PCS 7088) that I found at Sound Exchange in Houston in the early 90s in absolutely pristine condition (I thought new) for $14.99. I have the entire Beatles catalog from Rubber Soul to Let it Be on Vinyl, but nothing compares to Abbey Road.

/By the way, I only, 5 minutes ago, figured out that my copy of Abbey Road was an original. It was in such pristine shape when I bought it (and still is), that I figured it must be an import. I should probably invest in a new needle.

milkmania
02-06-2013, 09:03 PM
Because of this thread... I dug around in the basement and found my old technics table... hooked it up and listened to some Styx, Point of Know Return last night..... hmmmmmm,, where did I hide my reefer???

dude, when you find your stuff, I'll find my old album and we'll burn one together:cool:
http://virginvinylrecords.com/store/images/8000/r8668.jpg

Ski-me
02-06-2013, 11:30 PM
YES, you should!!

I might just have to do that sometime soon! I do know that the amp is humming a bit so I probably need to send it in for a tune up.

Funny, my old roommate (Not Rick) had/still has a pair of Vandersteen 2c's I believe and he just emailed last week telling me one of his tweeters needed to be replaced. I never heard back from him though if it ever got fixed. Love those speakers too!

neil.anderson63
02-07-2013, 02:07 PM
Milmania - DEAL!! Who is Lisa?? We listened to Yes, Fragile Album last night on Vinyl while playing scrabble while enjoying my new favorite beer from Peace Tree brewing - Red Rambler. I'm hooked on Vinyl.

mzimme
02-07-2013, 04:08 PM
Milmania - DEAL!! Who is Lisa?? We listened to Yes, Fragile Album last night on Vinyl while playing scrabble while enjoying my new favorite beer from Peace Tree brewing - Red Rambler. I'm hooked on Vinyl.

Gotta love it. I got home last night and put on my newly acquired Foreigner LP that I found at a thrift store. VG condition too, with hardly any wear on the cover.