Thursday, 22 October 2009

A Few Items For Sale

Here's a few items to whet the appetite - these are for sale right now.  Please messsage me if you have any questions, etc., but be quick!  They are listed for sale elsewhere.  The majority of these are personal items and have had light use.

Linn Sondek LP12 (Afromosia) / Ittok LVII / Valhalla / Troika

This is my friend’s Linn which I have referred to earlier. As you can see, it’s in pretty good condition, not perfect, after all it is around 25 years old. It has been recently serviced by myself and, as some of you will already know, I have all the necessary Linn gauges and jigs plus the knowledge to be able to do this with some authority. It is kitted out as described above, but has the original sub-chassis and bearing - not cirkus. However, judging by the way it set-up, I’d say that the suspension springs are the newer type, I may be wrong, but getting the loading right, so that the oscillation of movement was good, was all too easy (just like the later springs do!). The cartridge is in very good nick, under the microscope, there’s no visible wear to the stylus and things down there are very clean - a good sign that this has done hardly any work.

As mentioned, the aesthetics are not perfect. There are quite a few fine scratches on the dust cover, as you would possibly expect of a mid eighties unit. However, a little bit of elbow grease and a magic product called “Greygate Plastic Polish” can work wonders, much better than T-Cut or Brasso. They also do a “No. 5 Paste” for deeper scratches, I should be able to supply these products. There is a small crack to the rear by the right hand hinge (see picture). The hinges are in good order. I polished the stainless steel top plate whilst the deck was stripped for service, but other metal components could be improved slightly. We’re looking at offers around £1,000 for this, it must be worth that!

Roksan Xerxes 20 Turntable / Tabriz ZI/ XPS7/MC2 Special

Literally as new, this Roksan hasn't been used at all for over 6 months, it’s been packed away and in storage since before my house move in May. This is my ultimate ”dream machine” and it’s being sold on barely before I’ve had time to enjoy it. Personal circumstances and recession (thank you Mr. Brown) dictate that it must go. It is little used and in fabulous condition. It sounds superb - articulate, detail, bass, mid, top, it has it all. The Van Den Hul MC2 Special cartridge is a high output moving coil, so will work straight into a moving magnet input if required. Although I have all of the packaging, it would be better to collect the deck to save dismantling and set-up. New price £4,750.00; selling at £3,750.00.

Ortofon 'Kontrapunkt a' phono cartridge

The 'Kontrapunkt a' is a low output moving coil (MC) phono cartridge. This item is as new and in the original packaging. It’s been used for about 20 hours before discovering the delights of a Van Den Hul MC2 Special! Mind you, the VDH is more than twice the price! It’s the first in the Kontrapunkt series, ideal for vocals, choirs and the classics. My listening is more varied than this, so not greatly suitable for my “heavier” choices. New price £600.00; selling at £400.00.  SOLD!

Philosophy - Nebrion digital interconnect

A great high end 75 Ohm digital interconnect sporting the correct BNC connectors (RCA plugs are actually designed for 50 Ohm uses!).  Still as new in it's box.  I can supply new BNC to RCA adaptors with this if required, or alternatively 75 Ohm BNC sockets if you wish to convert your equipment (£5.00 additional please). The Nebrion has a silver core and provides fantastic detail and bass control, fast. Very musical. New price £350.00; selling at £200.00. Sorry no picture at this time, it’s in a box somewhere in the spare room!

Chord Company - Signature interconnects

The Signature used to be Chord’s flagship interconnect and uses two separate conductors per channel in order to minimise interaction between signal and earth. This makes it slightly stiff but presumably also accounts for its stunning sound. Images are huge and you hear more of the recording character than most of the competition, it also has a superb sense of timing thanks to great transient response. If you want to add precision and scale to your sound, it's a winner.

This has to be the next best cable I've ever listened with (see below for Chord Indigo!) - detail and noise floor is fabulous. Literally as new but no box. This is a 1 metre analogue (RCAs) pair.  SOLD!

Chord Company - Indigo RCA interconnects

The Indigo is optimised for analogue signal transmission and has a low capacitance design with minimal high-frequency attenuation, which make it ideal for accurate wide-bandwidth signal transfer. The shielding system is similar to the award-winning Signature RCA cable but all components are silver-plated for improved conductivity. All signal path components are silver-plated and all the connections are made with a high silver content lead-free solder.

This has to be the best cable I've ever listened with - detail is exquisite, Obviously you need to have the level of system to support this. Literally as new in the box. This is a 1 metre analogue (RCAs) pair.  SOLD!

Audio Technica ATH-AD700 Headphones

With a lightweight honeycomb aluminium casing and magnesium frame structure, these open-air headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, offering a completely natural listening experience. The sound is smooth and relaxed, with deep resonating bass and vocal projection. The self-adjusting wing support automatically adjusts to your head size for easy-wearing listening comfort. A straight cord at the left earpiece terminates to a mini plug with included ¼" adapter.

The box is somewhat trashed, but the phones are in perfect condition and order—as new. New price £139.00; selling at £85.00.
  • Type: Open-air Dynamic
  • Driver Diameter: 53 mm
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Voice Coil: Copper-clad aluminum wire
  • Frequency Response: 5 – 30,000 Hz
  • Maximum Input Power: 500 mW
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB/mW at 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Weight: 280 g
  • Cable: 3.0 m (Single/Hybrid-PCOCC)
  • Connector: 1/8" (3.5 mm) mini stereo, gold-plated
  • Accessory Included: Detachable 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter

Arcam Alpha 8 integrated amplifier (with phonostage)

This is the amp from my “second” system. It’s In great condition and these seem to be sought after. No box or manual but still a bargain at £100.00.

TEAC V-395 CHX cassette deck

A very little used Teac single deck, bought “just in case”! No box, copy of manual included. £50.00 snip in tip top condition!

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