My Cooks Tour*

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My Cooks Tour*

Post by Mr Onion » Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:22 am

Its been a long time coming, but finally Leicester beckoned. So, up early(ish) after packing the LP12 the previous night. Check emails. No problems. Check traffic. OOPS!! There is a lorry having a lie down half way between us and Leicester. Quick rethink, check the map, check Google Maps, email Peter saying we will be arriving later than planned.

... and off we go, hitting every red light on the route, guessing at junctions where the signs were missing or hidden, finally arriving at Brooke Park some 30 min or so later than we had hoped.

Wayne unloads the LP12 from the car and provides the most welcome coffee. We had a wander around while Peter unpacked my LP12 and put it in the jig. What an amazing place he has created. More LP12 than you can shake a stick at, NAIM amplification everywhere, Kudos Titans and 20's (I think) on dem, and I don't know how many other pairs available for listening.

... but I digress. Back in Peters workshop (a very inadequate description) hes unpacking the EKOS SE/1. He dusts it, looks at it, swings the arm both horizontally and vertically, tests the bias dial, tests the tracking force dial. Tests it again, holds it to his ear, tests it again ...

... and back in the box it goes. Verdict? Notchy dial, so its going back to LINN and not on my LP12.

Time to try a second EKOS SE/1. This time it passes all of Peters tests with flying colours. Now he is ready to start. I won't go through all the remove/install but suffice it to say, Peter did everything with his usual care and attention to detail. The alignment was checked, and rechecked once tightened. Fit the cartridge (my existing DV XX) fit the arm, check the alignment, remove the arm ... you get the idea. Once he was happy it was time to get bouncing. The bounce looked good to me, but not to Peter. A nut tweaked here, a spring twisted there and he was happy. Then the armlead, recheck the bounce, slight tweak and he is happy. Refit the tramp and he is done.

Off to the dem room. Set up on a FRAIM with a NAC 552 and NAP 500 into Kudos Titans (A-MA-ZING speakers. If I had the notes and the room ... but thats another story) using my own Phonostage (PhonoClone3)

How did it sound? Malia was his first choice (Not a familiar album to me) Good, but a messy bass (and theres a lot of it with Titans) but the DV XX needed to settle in from its adventures. A few tracks later (OK the whole side) the sound was settling in nicely. Next, an album we are very familiar with. London Grammar "If You Wait". What can I say? WOW just about covers it. I don't know what the EKOS is doing, but its doing it much better than the ITTOK did.

... and then it was time to go. Peter packed up the LP12, I paid Wayne (and got a new bottle of SPT as I have managed to spill some again) Peter helped pack the car, and we were off. Stopped at the Cheney Arms for lunch (it was after 1330 by now) which is well worth the stop when you are visiting Peter, and then to home.

... which took FAR longer than it should due to the traffic, not arriving home until 1715. Far too exhausted to put the LP12 back on the Quadraspire without damaging it, that has to wait until this morning.

So, everything unpacked and plugged in. What shall I start with? Well, as the last thing I heard at Peters was London Grammar what better place to start.

BLOODY HELL. The clarity. The bass. The detail. The sound stage. Its better by a whole order of magnitude (maybe a couple) I have to keep reminding me that 'all' that has been changed is the arm. There must have been a change of electronics to give this much improvement. Its sounding almost as good as it did in Peters dem room. The same sort of clarity/bass/detail etc as I was hearing with the multi £K electronics and speakers, albeit on a slightly lower scale.

Worth the terrible journey and a bargain price for the improvement IMHO

Thank you Peter

Photos to follow once I have stopped :mrg: like an idiot


*Thomas Cook was born in Leicester

Addendum 1

I have just added the second weight disc to the sKale (It was too heavy with it on the ITTOK) and its even better. The musicians have been taking lessons, or got better instruments.

Veil's lifted, windows opened and all the other clichés that reviewers use.

Oh, and the amp has a better grip on the bass as well. I am just grinning like an idiot.
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Re: My Cooks Tour*

Post by Red Chris » Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:30 am

Excellent James - it's a superb arm, although I suspect that some fine tuning also helped :smt023

Have a great day 8)
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Re: My Cooks Tour*

Post by Coyote Jim » Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:11 pm

Many congratulations on you're new upgrade " quite a jump " glad all is working fine.
Peter goes well beyond that extra mile to make sure all is perfect.
Hope to join you soon when all is sweet my end.
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Re: My Cooks Tour*

Post by evil_C » Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:19 pm

Good write up, James. I can sense your enjoyment.

Since I will be having to make the journey to Rearsby again soon (K-Rad calling) perhaps you'd tell us where the Cheney Arms is?

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Re: My Cooks Tour*

Post by Scooter » Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:07 pm

Sounds like a hectic day but well worth it, enjoy your record collection anew.
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Re: My Cooks Tour*

Post by Mr Onion » Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:21 pm

Time for some porn

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Re: My Cooks Tour*

Post by apye » Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:36 pm

Looking good James! :smt023
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Re: My Cooks Tour*

Post by Mr Onion » Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:39 pm

apye wrote:Looking good James! :smt023
... and sounding even better :smt023
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Re: My Cooks Tour*

Post by apye » Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:41 pm

Mr Onion wrote:
apye wrote:Looking good James! :smt023
... and sounding even better :smt023
I bet, pleased for you. Enjoy your new record collection! :smt020
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Re: My Cooks Tour*

Post by evil_C » Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:02 pm

Mr Onion wrote:
apye wrote:Looking good James! :smt023
... and sounding even better :smt023
Looks like a very attractive fluted plinth too.

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