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    Default SEP 6V6 back in the crib...

    I used to own a Decware Mini-Torii. Had to sell ALL my gear after some tough times, as many of you know. Now I'm back on my feet, college funds going, and a few toys for dad. I'm still waiting for my Tortuga Audio LDR so I'm toying with the MT and Rachel driving sub and monitors separately. HE-500 sound FANTASTIC on the MT!

    Luckily I kept a few premium tubes like some Mazda 6V6. I had my friend Eric W. in Tampa test them on his Amplitrex along with some nice E80CC, Mullards I think - single getter.

    The MT has an upgraded 20 step attenuator, and a switch to toggle the OC2 input tube regulation. So you can hear it with or without, but also if you had a tube failure, you could run w/o. More thoughts to come. 6V6 single ended is creamy! I'm running the Zu Unions with it now...

    Since my space is limited, and I share the room, I have made some compromises with speaker placement etc. I have isolated the components on Feet of Silence (spring-based), and turntable will be on a separate, dedicated table.

    Pics uploading now, taking forever with my crap Internet here.
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    Awesome! Thanks for the photos!
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion."

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    Man, that is one sweet looking rig! Dig those cubes.

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    The Cubes are a bit unconventional but man do they disappear...

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    I bet the ZU's sound so good on that setup, very nice!
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    Beautiful rig Jon! Missing something though.....where is the rekkid player? ;)

    Nice DAC. Salk has an Auralic Vega DAC in the demo rig I heard at his factory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorcilantro View Post
    The Cubes are a bit unconventional but man do they disappear...
    Probably my favorite single Zu speaker and outrageously versatile...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCompRacer View Post
    Beautiful rig Jon! Missing something though.....where is the rekkid player? ;)

    Nice DAC. Salk has an Auralic Vega DAC in the demo rig I heard at his factory.
    Haven't heard from Peter since Dec- probably waiting on Jeff Spall for tonearm. Your new speakers are singing I bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorcilantro View Post
    Haven't heard from Peter since Dec- probably waiting on Jeff Spall for tonearm. Your new speakers are singing I bet.
    No instant gratification with the niche custom stuff I guess. I guarantee it will be worth the wait. It will be at or an even higher level than a Nantais build. Jean started the Lenco revival with the famous Building High Quality Turntables at the Home Despot thread. Follow that recipe and you get the same results.

    Have you read what Arthur Salvatore thinks of his Nantais Lenco? He says it's the finest table he's owned. Nice to hear you can compete with $53K Forsell's. ;)

    http://www.high-endaudio.com/RC-Lenco.html

    Yeah, I am very pleased with the sound here. The Krell amp brought it all together. Very musical and involving despite being all SS.
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    I think Arthur actually lives in Tampa somewhere. Probably in seclusion with all that nice gear!

    I picked up an AT33PTG/II to try first on my road to vinyl recovery; this Summer I'll probably pick something else up. Soundsmith maybe?

    Right now I am troubleshooting the Mini-Torii. It's dual-mono, and the right channel suffers a loud buzz which you can hear with the attenuator at 2pm,, sitting in sweet spot almost 10ft away or with headphones. The noise actually goes away at position 20 and will increase as you go down through 18-14. Very weird. I did some basic troubleshooting and the noise is on either input of the amp, with or without input cable, and the right channel has 13.3mv AC on it wide open whereas the left has 2.0mv wide-open. The right front of chassis was dented when it arrived. Rather shocked they didn't double box going overseas.

    Sigh...

    Also, it seems that the right channel (the offending one) had it's output tube wired differently from the left, with pins 1 and 8 un-tied!

    Quote Originally Posted by SCompRacer View Post
    No instant gratification with the niche custom stuff I guess. I guarantee it will be worth the wait. It will be at or an even higher level than a Nantais build. Jean started the Lenco revival with the famous Building High Quality Turntables at the Home Despot thread. Follow that recipe and you get the same results.

    Have you read what Arthur Salvatore thinks of his Nantais Lenco? He says it's the finest table he's owned. Nice to hear you can compete with $53K Forsell's. ;)

    http://www.high-endaudio.com/RC-Lenco.html

    Yeah, I am very pleased with the sound here. The Krell amp brought it all together. Very musical and involving despite being all SS.

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    Your Auralic made the cover of Stereophile this month. How ya liking it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorcilantro View Post
    I think Arthur actually lives in Tampa somewhere. Probably in seclusion with all that nice gear!

    I picked up an AT33PTG/II to try first on my road to vinyl recovery; this Summer I'll probably pick something else up. Soundsmith maybe?
    After setting up that AT33EV in Blakes system, I dunno if I'd spend more on a cartridge, unless it were insane dollars. My 17D3 doesn't have much more life left so I need something soon. IIRC you had the SS Voice before. I didn't have the coin at the time I bought the linear air bearing arm from you to snag that as well. Lots of bang for the buck with SoundSmith.

    Some older discussion from audio asylum between the AT33EV and PTG.

    http://www.audioasylum.com/cgi/t.mpl?f=vinyl&m=809972

    Good luck with the tube project. I've got one here myself....
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    Love it, love it. I just added a Tortuga Audio LDR so I am running the Vega didgital volume at 100 and using the LDR now.



    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    Your Auralic made the cover of Stereophile this month. How ya liking it?

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    Well, I sent my Tortuga back for the new regulator upgrade, paint job, linear PSU, and LED volume readout.

    Now I'm toying with the idea of picking up a Denon S1 moving coil which does .15mv output...seems like an interesting, and affordable, cart.

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    Guess this is my little home on Polk where I will keep you all updated.... : )

    Skipped the Denon S1 in favor of the Audio Technica Art-7 - since I have a high gain phono stage I thought I would put it to use. Loved what little I heard of the At33PTG/II, but Scompracer will give us the final word when he gets it on his MG-1 airbearing.

    The Tortuga Audio LDR volume control is back, with a buddy. A custom LPSU. Waiting on forgotten fuse for the LPSU, but so far the LDR works really well with the Auralic Vega.
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    Nice! I've read up on those and they look to be very nice pieces of gear.

    Let us know your thoughts once you get it settled in
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    Hey Doc,

    Love those pics of the 6v6....beautiful tube. Curious as to why the added volume control for the Auralic ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorcilantro View Post

    Skipped the Denon S1 in favor of the Audio Technica Art-7 -
    Higher end AT has quite a following in some places, preferred over the heavier advertised cartridges. They have been making cartridges for a long time. Looking forward to the PTG/II. Still haven't built a better phono stage. Someday.....

    Nice PS upgrade. If I wasn't so happy with my DAC I'd have an Auralic. Salk uses one for demo's with his Salk server.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Hey Doc,

    Love those pics of the 6v6....beautiful tube. Curious as to why the added volume control for the Auralic ?
    Love that little amp. I used to have a STASH of 6V6. Even the rare Swiss ones. This Summer I am going to buy another set of the metal-base Visseaux from Upscale:



    The Auralic Vega has a digital volume control that after about level 60, starts to lose resolution. The Vega has a very hot output and on my system 60 is quite loud.

    Also, I get the benefit of another input for my phono, and dual output to feed the 6v6 (running sub or headphones).

    Rich - I'm excited to get the Art7 and eager to hear how you like the PTG. Are you use the fluid damping at all on the MG1? Cool to hear about Salk using the Vega. It's a keeper.

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    Loved the work put into that amp. I' guessing becaude I really do not know what I'm looking only that is looks great. Also what I took away from all this was your butcher block plinths, a great solid natural product. That I liked. Oh what's to the left of the tv and right of the smallish speaker, it's black and I haven't a clue
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    Quote Originally Posted by leftwinger57 View Post
    Loved the work put into that amp. I' guessing becaude I really do not know what I'm looking only that is looks great. Also what I took away from all this was your butcher block plinths, a great solid natural product. That I liked. Oh what's to the left of the tv and right of the smallish speaker, it's black and I haven't a clue
    I think you are spying the HiFiMan HE-500 headphones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorcilantro View Post
    Love that little amp. I used to have a STASH of 6V6. Even the rare Swiss ones. This Summer I am going to buy another set of the metal-base Visseaux from Upscale:



    Rich - I'm excited to get the Art7 and eager to hear how you like the PTG. Are you use the fluid damping at all on the MG1? Cool to hear about Salk using the Vega. It's a keeper.

    I tried damping with my two arms/cartridges but preferred without. After all I'm an accused detail/air freak. I think a larger and more rigid trough is needed. IIRC you expressed that as well. I ought to ask a friend to make one.

    Looking forward to the PTP/II. Compared to the 33EV, it is said to have a bit more weight in the bass, better sound staging and dimensionality. A real toe tapper. Aside from internal differences, externally the PTP/II has a Gold-plated solid boron cantilever with MicroLine stylus while the 33EV has a Duralumin tapered pipe cantilever with nude elliptical stylus. It was compared to the Lyra Helikon which retailed at nearly twice the price.
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    I'm waiting to hear the verdict on these cartridges.

    I love my Soundsmith Zu Denon 103R, but I always have my ears piqued for people's listening experiences. Especially by people that I know.
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    Still in transit...I'm sitting here wondering how I am going to bring (2) amps, phono stage, and LDR back for upgrades/repair without going over weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorcilantro View Post
    Still in transit...
    Mine isn't...showed up yesterday. Great pack, thanks Jon! This weekend I should get it set up.
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    wow, that was faster than I thought. Let me know what you think. I just got my new ART-7 and have not had time to check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorcilantro View Post
    Let me know what you think.



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    Looking good! ART-7 is working out well here with some minor tweaking needed. I tried Baerwald and lots of distortion on test tracks on HFN. I'm tweaking with Lofgren now.

    Lenco motor replaced and I think it's overall a better motor. Last one had 3 dots in sharpie, and this has 4. Secret code?

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