Lifetime music and audio lover, in recent years major upgrades have been made prior to anticipated retirement. Classical, jazz, blues and rock can be found on turntable or digital front ends at any given moment.
My Audio System
Consisting of custom built, as in my speakers, or much modded equipment. Mods not done by myself are superbly done by David Schulte.
I recently completed a year and a half long project to venture back to Tannoy loudspeakers, in which I bought thirty-five year old HPD 315 drivers on Ebay UK, and had them shipped to my home in Western Washington.
With Wyatt Woodworking's Frank Wyatt's help, enclosures were designed and built of 150 liters, 2" thick MDF (two layers bonded together), at 200 pounds each. They are finished in a high gloss Pommelle Sapele veneer. Frank did a beautiful job on them. Crossovers are a custom design, built by myself from a design provided by a friend's electrical engineer friend, Dr. Arthur Loesch. They use Mundorf Silver-in-Oil caps, Dueland resisitors, and Alpha Core 12 gauge inductors.
Wiring is DH Labs solid silver hook up wire.
Frank built matching boxes to house them. Internal wiring is DH Labs Silver Matrix, which is hardwired in to replace poor Tannoy connectors and wiring.
These are the finest sounding speakers that have ever graced my home, and building the crossovers and wiring was an enjoyable thing, as was disassembling the drivers and reconing them with hard edge surrounds converted by Roger at Lockwood Audio in the UK.
Tannoy HPD 315's with custom enclosures and custom crossovers, with hard edge conversion woofer cones
Custom DIY Restored Garrard 401 and plinth
Dynavector XX2MKII cartridge
Zu Denon 103R Cartridge
Acutex STR 415 MM Cartridge
Adcom CrossCoil Elliptical II MM Carttridge
Modwright SWP 9.0 SE Phono Stage
Dynavector DV 501 Tonearm/Silver tonearm wire
Modded McIntosh MVP 871 universal player
Modded Genesis Digital Time Lens
Modded Musical Fidelity A3 24 DAC
Factory-upgraded VAC PA 35.35, NOS Telefunken small tubes, Genelex Gold Lion KT 77 output tubes
"Mostly" Synergistic Research cabling throughout
Plinius SA 100MKIII power amp
Did not list multi-channel gear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.
Just completed re-prioritizing cabling in system. Moved Synergistic Research Kalidescope to VAC amp, Synergistic Alpha Sterling X2 Active to stereo output from uni-disc player, put Time Portal Audio (David Shulte-designed silver IC) from Musical Fidelity DAC to Sonic Euphoria passive line stage. Everything, all front ends, sound much improved. Good things can happen without spending a cent!
Installed outboard power supply for Sim LP 5.3. Best money ever spent in audio. Enjoyment of vinyl raised to heights never before experienced. Happy I am!
Had a very enjoyable day Sunday, I visited a new audio friend Hermann,on Camano Island, about an hour or so drive from my home on Whidbey Island. He is 78 years old, and still very active, lucid, and intelligent.
He brings many decades worth of knowledge, and involvement in vintage hifi, and restores Lencos, and builds plinths for them. He is due to visit myself in the near future. I'm hoping in another 13 years I'll still enjoy music as well!
Had to send the Dynavector 501 back to Jim Howard, lost the r/channel. The 501 is a difficult arm to rewire, the passage through the sub-arm is a nightmarish journey, I'm hoping for better luck this time.
I received yesterday a new Zu Denon 103R, and the first spin was a shock, just how good these carts are. A great match for the Dynavector 501 arm. I now think my XX2MKII needs to take a trip to Dr. Soundsmith for some TLC, as it has been put to shame.