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    Exotic Horns & Tubes- Moryiama & Machida Style!

    Japan is a country rich with culture, traditions and beauty and naturally high end in Japan followed their hear, even if it’s based on Western technology. Many of us are familiar or at least heard of some of their best creators and respect as some of the best in the world. The high end community there is similarly Japanese in their values. I believe the people we meet and few dear friends we make because of our passion is what makes high end so very special. On my very recent trip to Japan I met two very passionate audiophiles, Moriyama San & Machida San! I want to thank them for their generosity and friendship and share a little of my experience with friends here.

    Machida San, is a custom audio designer with years of experience and several patents under the belt. His system is made up of his own electronics and a speaker designed with WE components & horns which Moriyama San also adopted for his home system.

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    Machida designed speakers made with WE & EV components.

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    Grease bearing Gararrd 301 with Machida's special plinth and platter made from solid Japanese oak.

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    Machida designed phono above with various custom RIAA curves and of course what's a system without music, a couple of Machida's 78's that we listened too.

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    A short video of this special system.




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    Manufacture: American Sound Turntables and The Nothing Rack.

    System 1: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 1
    System 2: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 2- Near field setup

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    Moriyama San is a very special kind of audiophile, a sensitive soul with sensibility for the natural world that guides him in life, work and of course his pursuit of high end. The gallery and home where he creates and shares his art with the world are located in a serene mountain setting near Fukuoka. In the gallery hangs his now world famous open baffle horn speakers made from single solid piece of centuries old African wood which took him over a decade to finish.

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    Below it standing tall, very tall is a pair of horn speakers with each section out of a single piece of solid wood also built by Moriyama.

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    And of course such speakers can only be driven with a pair of very custom amps. Tubes if I recall are STC 4212 transmission tubes

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    and a short video;



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    Specialty & Unique Offerings: Vintage horn speakers, Vintage and Modern Turntables, Analog Accessories.
    VENTA Air Washers & Humidifiers

    Manufacture: American Sound Turntables and The Nothing Rack.

    System 1: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 1
    System 2: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 2- Near field setup

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    Coming to an entrance like this you know you’re in for a special treat, Moryiama’s home and personal listening room. The speakers and electronics are all Machida designed fronted with a pair of very rare Epson idlers. The horns are all original WE as are the woofers in this case.

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    As soon as you enter the room one is treated with a pair of very rare Epson Teragaki idlers !
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    david

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    VENTA Air Washers & Humidifiers

    Manufacture: American Sound Turntables and The Nothing Rack.

    System 1: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 1
    System 2: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 2- Near field setup

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    Mr. Moriyama uses the same Machida design phono with various custom RIAA curves.

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    Speakers are made from hard wood and all original & NOS WE drivers & horns also designed by Machida San.

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    and a little video,



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    Manufacture: American Sound Turntables and The Nothing Rack.

    System 1: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 1
    System 2: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 2- Near field setup

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    We went back to the gallery again for some tea and a quick listen where we ended the day with the most beautiful music courtesy of Machida San before heading out to a late dinner.

    Machida San (white hair) & Moriyama San.

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    I heard Casals's Song of the Birds in many performances but not this performance introduced by Machida San and never with this kind of emotion. His words and his playing to the world is the most moving recording I have heard in my life...



    Touching Casals' soul through his words and haunting cello over this amazing system was the perfect finale to this special day.

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    Manufacture: American Sound Turntables and The Nothing Rack.

    System 1: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 1
    System 2: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 2- Near field setup

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    Lol this is just wow. Look at the wood and the woofer on top. Just wow

    Are the WE divers 555?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonzo75 View Post
    Lol this is just wow. Look at the wood and the woofer on top. Just wow

    Are the WE divers 555?
    Don't know I was too mesmerized to ask ! Will let you know later.

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    VENTA Air Washers & Humidifiers

    Manufacture: American Sound Turntables and The Nothing Rack.

    System 1: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 1
    System 2: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 2- Near field setup

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    Impressive system, David. Can I ask you what is this other turntable, also shown in your video? It looked familiar ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by microstrip View Post
    Impressive system, David. Can I ask you what is this other turntable, also shown in your video? It looked familiar ...
    Unknown, something like the American Sound made locally in Fukuoka. It's air floating system is different as is the mass, wasn't setup so I didn't get to hear it.

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    VENTA Air Washers & Humidifiers

    Manufacture: American Sound Turntables and The Nothing Rack.

    System 1: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 1
    System 2: Horns+Tubes+Vinyl and digital too- Listening Room 2- Near field setup

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddk View Post
    Japan is a country rich with culture, traditions and beauty and naturally high end in Japan followed their hear, even if itís based on Western technology. Many of us are familiar or at least heard of some of their best creators and respect as some of the best in the world. The high end community there is similarly Japanese in their values. I believe the people we meet and few dear friends we make because of our passion is what makes high end so very special. On my very recent trip to Japan I met two very passionate audiophiles, Moriyama San & Machida San! I want to thank them for their generosity and friendship and share a little of my experience with friends here.

    Machida San, is a custom audio designer with years of experience and several patents under the belt. His system is made up of his own electronics and a speaker designed with WE components & horns which Moriyama San also adopted for his home system.

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    Machida designed speakers made with WE & EV components.

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    Grease bearing Gararrd 301 with Machida's special plinth and platter made from solid Japanese oak.

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    Machida designed phono above with various custom RIAA curves and of course what's a system without music, a couple of Machida's 78's that we listened too.

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    A short video of this special system.




    david


    That was awesome. I spot a American Sound table there.
    What music were you guys playing in that video.

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