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  1. mountainjoe

    The Colibri “Master Signature”

    No need - I removed the screws entirely and ran without them. The copper mat is heavy enough that it’s not going anywhere. The screws were indeed the problem! I played one of the most problematic records and it ran without issue with the mat screws removed. The odd thing is the screws are...
  2. mountainjoe

    The Colibri “Master Signature”

    You just made me think of something - my TT has a copper platter held in place with two screws near the mid-point of the platter. Perhaps the magnet is being pulled by the screws as they pass by assuming they are magnetic. That would explain why it only happens on the second or third tracks...
  3. mountainjoe

    The Colibri “Master Signature”

    I believe I'm one of those three you mention. In my case, the problem has been with the cart bottoming out on certain passages, even with perfectly flat records. I thought at first that the suspension on my cart was damaged and sent it back for a checkup. When it was returned, it exhibited the...
  4. mountainjoe

    The Colibri “Master Signature”

    I guess it's very different in Europe - I sent mine in for a suspension tweak and it took almost 4 months to get it back...
  5. mountainjoe

    Airtight Opus 1, ch precision p1, Techdas AF3 premium combo but which tonearm?

    Tang - would be great to know what adjustment was made?
  6. mountainjoe

    Airtight Opus 1, ch precision p1, Techdas AF3 premium combo but which tonearm?

    I have the Master Sig on the VPS 100 phono stage with an Emia silver SUT and it is anything but laid back ;-) This cart has so much energy across the board - I would describe the bass in my setup as cavernous in its depth along with very good articulation. In fact I was surprised at how...
  7. mountainjoe

    Center Stage 2

    I get an error that I do not have access when clicking on this link...
  8. mountainjoe

    Tesla solar and Powerwall to power audio system?

    What other system are you waiting for?
  9. mountainjoe

    Tesla solar and Powerwall to power audio system?

    I live in California and installed two Powerwall batteries - the total cost with installation and permitting charges was around $14.5k and I got a PG&E SGIP rebate of $9.5k so the cost to me was very cheap. The batteries are so much better than a generator backup system - no maintenance or...
  10. mountainjoe

    The Colibri “Master Signature”

    I believe the Master Sig at standard output (1.2mV) is 36Ω - I have a 0.9mV version which is 39Ω. I got this information from a contact who reached out to his dealer in Europe. When I asked the US distributor, they gave me a standard value of 13Ω which is clearly too low given the output level...
  11. mountainjoe

    The Colibri “Master Signature”

    Analog Magik does include anti-skate setup - I've found this usually puts me at a much lower setting than the tonearm instructions would suggest. I can compare to the scope method if I ever have the time...
  12. mountainjoe

    Cartridge Set Up

    I use a USB microscope to get a baseline setting, then tune by ear. It’s a lot quicker in terms of giving you a starting place that should be close. That said, when I’m lazy, I’ll just use a bubble level to get the cart parallel to the record, then tune by ear from there. That technique doesn’t...
  13. mountainjoe

    Tonearm Setup: Effective Mass, Inertia, and Sound

    Agreed about getting to 9-11Hz resonance range. I use this handy resonance calculator - Vinylengine resonance calculator. I also created some headshell weights in order to dial this in on tonearms that might be light in mass compared to the compliance of a given cartridge. The weight is made of...
  14. mountainjoe

    Furutech Silver Arrow 2 Phono Cable

    Yeah I just checked stock and they are sold out.
  15. mountainjoe

    Furutech Silver Arrow 2 Phono Cable

    It’s the African Genadille wood with 0.9mV option. The CB-1 is also in African ebony to match ;-) Btw - the arm just shipped so hopefully I will have the setup running this weekend.
  16. mountainjoe

    Furutech Silver Arrow 2 Phono Cable

    And if you wait a couple of weeks, I'll have my new VDH Master Signature Strad mounted (on a Schroeder CB-1) ;-)
  17. mountainjoe

    Furutech Silver Arrow 2 Phono Cable

    I have the Stage III Analord Master phono cable but don't have the Furutech - I've been curious about it though so may well acquire one to compare. If you have one, stop over and we can do a comparison ;-)
  18. mountainjoe

    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    This is a common reaction to inserting MB Ultra cables in the signal path - I’ve experienced this with the Ultra ICs and with their speaker cables. IME the change is on the order of 1 - 1.5dB depending on the system. As of yet I have no explanation for why this happens - I cannot believe it is...
  19. mountainjoe

    Has anybody direclty compared Class D and Class A A/B amps?

    I never implied you were buying the Veritas - at least not intentionally. I was simply providing more color to my earlier comments on these amps and why I thought they sounded thin. Sorry but I don’t know enough about your system to answer your question. As Bazelio mentioned, It depends on the...
  20. mountainjoe

    Has anybody direclty compared Class D and Class A A/B amps?

    I generally agree with everything you’ve said here and perhaps I wasn’t clear about the Mola Molas - I thought they sounded very nice - just didn’t care for the Veritas. Also, you reminded me of the spatial depth part as this comparison was quite some time ago - neither of the class D amps...
  21. mountainjoe

    Has anybody direclty compared Class D and Class A A/B amps?

    Hi Satbox - granted the VTLs are on the warm side but the Veritas simply lacked body and weight even based on a neutral reference. For example, I like to use Jim Morrison’s vocals as a good test as his voice goes deep. It’s a good test of systems in how they reproduce the tonality of his...
  22. mountainjoe

    Has anybody direclty compared Class D and Class A A/B amps?

    I see you’ve already made a decision but fwiw, I have compared the Merrill Veritas and Mola Mola in my system against a pair of VTL MB450MKIII monoblocks (in normal A/B pentode mode). The Veritas monos sounded thin in my system - lacking any harmonic textures and a slight bit of grain in the...
  23. mountainjoe

    Center Stage Feet have expanded applications

    We compared Ultra 6 footers to the CS2 footers at an event I hosted with Joe L. - we had about 30 folks in attendance and the overwhelming consensus was that the CS2 (1.0 I believe) were superior to the Ultra 6 footers in every aspect. The footers in the comparison were placed under my DAC - an...
  24. mountainjoe

    Koetsu with FR arms

    I tried a couple of Koetsu carts on my Triplanar MKVII tonearm - that is a relatively low mass tonearm (14g) and the stone body Koetsu sounded much better on my FR64s and FR66s. The cart had much improved dynamics on the FR tonearms. Cheers, Joe
  25. mountainjoe

    Koetsu with FR arms

    Ooh - I'm jealous o_O I would be interested to know what you think of it compared to your Coralstone body. Cheers, Joe
  26. mountainjoe

    Koetsu with FR arms

    Regarding #3, I've seen this in action more than once - most recently I had a customer do an in-home evaluation of some new speakers. He had the same set of speakers for 25 years and while they were ok, my immediate sense upon first hearing his system was that they were thin in the lower mids...
  27. mountainjoe

    Looking for Tube Recommendations!

    Hi Brian - thanks for the recommendations. FYI, the Ypsilon uses Siemens C3g tubes, not the CCa. + 1 on Brent Jesse - very reputable and great quality.
  28. mountainjoe

    OLED TVs (LG, Sony); They Always Win Shootouts As The Very Top Best

    Totally agree - I got an LG OLED (OLED65E8PUA) after my Pioneer plasma died and have been very happy with it. I used to do video design so I'm familiar with this area of technology and I can say that I'm blown away by the blacks on the LG OLED - what a difference it makes! Also viewing angle...

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