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I sent my MA-1 Silver Edition mono amps back to you for the MarkIII mod, and all I want to do now is listen to music. Nothing's getting done and I need adhesive remover to unstick me from my chair.
They were great amps before, but now they are special. This afternoon I listened to three pieces in growing order of complexity: all RCA fabulous original classical albums from long ago. Brahms Sextet #1 (Menuhin, 1964); Mozart Piano Concerto #25 (Tchaikovsky - - not a misprint - - pianist; Reiner on Victrola plum); Prokofiev, Symphony #7 (Martinon, from 1959).
Such clarity, such openness, such body, such lack of shrillness, such envelopment. Instruments seemed to be floating in space -- separate but integrated, if that makes sense - - and the increasing complexity of the music was handled with complete aplomb. No sense of congestion at all. The piano sound was particularly captivating. Depth and soundstaging were amazing.
I go to a great many classical concerts every year and this is as close as I have come to reproducing that experience.
Great job, Ralph. But now I need more hours in the day.
Chuck, Please remind me of your turntable, tonearm, and cartridge. Thx.
Turntable: Trans Rotor Rondino; Cartridge: Miyajima Madake (Stereo)/Miyajima Zero (Mono); Teres Illius arms.
Turntable: Trans Rotor Rondino (with Gingko base and cover)
Arms: two Teres Illius (one for stereo; one for mono)
Cartridges: Miyajima Mandake (stereo); Miyajima Zero (mono)
But heck, your system would sound great even if you played your records with one tine of a rusty fork on a turntable made from a Conestoga wagon wheel.
Tried to find a Miyajima zero or Be Mono when we were in Japan in October, visiting our son. I did not have time for an extensive search of my usual haunts in Tokyo, but the one store where I once bought an Urushi had never heard of Miyajima. Apparently they are targeted to export, OR the saleswoman wanted to divert me from the Miyajima to something else. Thus I am still deficient in the mono cartridge game, to the tune of one. I did buy an AT ART7.
This isn't really relevant to anything, but I also just got back from Japan. I had wanted to visit Stax Kogyo, but didn't have time. They don't seem to be exactly in Tokyo. Actually I didn't have time for much of anything except work, unfortunately.
I wasn't working, but my son scheduled our days so tightly that I did not have time to haunt Akihabara and spend money on toys. I didn't get to Ochonomizu at all, where I like to browse Audio Union and Disk Union (I think it's called). I have seen some great used gear for sale in Audio Union from time to time, moreso than in stores in Akihabara, which tend to specialize in new gear, only.
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