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This was the official analog front end at Oswalds Mill 2007. Technics SP10, Thomas Schick 12" tonearm and EMT TSD 15 MC cartridge. More info on the Schick tonearm - http://www.thomas-schick.com/arm01.htm.
My 301 needed one....
How does the Schick compare with your Ortofon arm? Cool that your 71A amps (w/ slagle chokes?) got kudos from most of the 'Mill' attendees. I'm really interested in a 50dht amp, input/driver cascaded triodes plate L on driver, and grid L on the 50... Hmmm. BTW, I might buy a pair of 650hz horns from Jefferey J. soon, now I know why he hasn't replied yet to my email, he was at the Mill! Bill Wood's backhorn design for 8" FRs is very good btw, I own a diy'd proto speaker pair.
*Masikreto ito si Rex, may 414's na pala.*
"...Cool that your 71A amps (w/ slagle chokes?)...."
The SE71A circuit is straight forward as per the schematic in my website. Sherwin supplied Dave's chokes for the power supply of the amp I built for him. You guys have heard Joel's version in past WS Nov. shows.
The tonearm is an excellent example of superb craftsmanship. Some may feel the wooden arm holder gives it a "rustic" look....but I prefer that hand made aspect. The bearings have absolutely no play yet moves freely and actually feels better than the RMG309, SME 3012 series II or FR64fx.
As noted in his website, Thomas built this arm mainly to combine the musical virtues of classic designs from SME and Ortofon with the detail retrieval ability of modern high tolerance bearing equipped tonearms. Since he owns both arms, uses a DL103 in a wooden body and SPU-A, I felt I couldn't go wrong and purchased one.
It is too early for me to have a formed opinion of how it sounds all I can say is I'm enjoying it and maybe that's enough!
PS: Yup Rex is now listening to 2-way Altecs....
Thanks for the reply! Yeah, I read your 71A page, and was surprised that the psu chokes used are nickel! Nickel is mostly reserved for signal chokes. Thomas' arm is in my shortlist some day (maybe just the perfect match for an EMT idler drive *if only one could be donated to me* =). Ortofon has a new arm + spu combo, but is $$$ ~$1.8k for the 12"! Link below... I think Ortofon should have stuck with the old RM series design and just used better materials and tighter tolerances, I think they did for a while but only in very limited quantities.
I have a minty pair of 414Z's. Have plans to use it in a 18.5"W x 11.75"D x 36"H enclosure with a 5"depth x 2.5"dia tube port (or converted to golden rectangle port). All internal dims. My 1" compression drivers on top has phenolic diaphs and I plan to mount them on ~550Hz-650Hz horns, and then maybe use a helper horn tweeter for 'air' extension. Anyways, that's the plan if I could get it started by next month with help from an unc who has carpentry skills.
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