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  • My New TT!!!!!

    Back around summer last year, I had developed an interest in Vinyl records since they were most often described to possess the sound qualities I was looking for.

    With the help of many people on the AV123 forums, I decided to purchase something entry level to "test" the waters. Suffice to say, I became greatly addicted to Vinyl shortly after purchasing the Project Debut 3.

    Flash forward to now, and I would say that I am bordering on a vinyl junkie. The cheap prices of vinyl records garage sales and ebay auctions over has led me to broaden my musical horizons to include almost a little bit of everything.

    I used to only purchase heavy metal, but, Vinyl records have opened me up to the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John, The Carpenters, Prince, Led Zepplin, ZZ Top, Phil Collins, ELO, etc, etc; the list goes on forever.

    After realizing how much I truly did love Vinyl records, I decided to purchase a "real" turntable and make an attempt to step into the TT "big leagues."

    Disclaimer: In the land of 10-150,000 dollar TTs, many still consider this new TT "budget." But its probably the most I'll ever spend, so for me its a huge investment and "big league" enough

    So, here it is..!!


    A JA Michell GyroDec SE. Equipped with Michell's own Tecnoarm and a Dynavector 20x HO Cart!











    I purchased it from Needledoctor.com. Words of suggestions; if you need something TT related seriously consider needledoctor.com. I worked with Brian, and for about a month via emails he promptly answered all of my questions and gave me the suggestions that led me to this table. All of the guys there also helped me set this up on Friday; awesome group.

    Set up of this thing was a BEAR for me. I have never set up a turntable this in depth so it took me pretty much the entirety of the day to do it between setting up the table itself and aligning the cartridge, VTA, etc, etc.

    I am letting it break in before getting into a full in depth review, but for now, I'll say that I am extremely happy so far. :huge:

    If anyone has any suggestions for me in further fine tuning; please post!

    Thanks for reading!

  • #2
    Freaking awesome CW!!! :biglaugh: Glad to read some positive audio news from the King!!!! :burgerking:

    Enjoy the Michell, it's a very nice player....
    "Let the floating wall float" - m-fine

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    • #3
      Thanks Art.

      Its nice to have some positive audio news to share.

      In terms of players, its probably as far as I'll venture into the woods, its the first piece of gear I am truly contented with.

      I chose The Carpenters as the first disc to spin because Karen Carpenter's voice has this special quality to it IMO. It was eerie how close she was to actually being in my room, even being limited to Rocket speakers. I am sure a speaker upgrade would be a wise choice sometime soon ;) (looking at you AV123, looking at you)

      For sure I'll upgrade the platter, power supply, arm, cartridge, over time, but the table itself is a keeper.

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      • #4
        wow wow...super sexy. thanks for the great pics. EYE CANDY!

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        • #5
          Congratulations on a beautiful turntable. I've always thought these were great looking, and the one time I got to hear one a great sounding TT. Enjoy.

          Jim C

          J.A. Michell's were even very futuristic looking in 1971 for Stanley Kubrick to use one in A Clockwork Orange, and they still look futuristic today.

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          • #6
            That is an incredible TT...Beautiful! I've turned into a vinyl junkie since I got my TT in Jan too. It's no where near as nice as your's. I agree with you, vinyl is addictive. I haven't even been able to work my way through all the "old" vinyl I have but keep buying more. I love my HT but adding a turntable has become the most fun part of my audio system.
            Congratulations!!!

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            • #7
              king, when I saw the title of the thread I thought you just dropped $40k on an Audi. I was going to tell you to stop *****ing about the LS9s and buy yourself some new speakers already. You've ruined all my fun.

              The new toy looks very nice, btw, but I really hate these threads because I am trying to avoid vinyl. But the temptation grows...
              As it turns out, I was never banned. I was wrong yet again. First Obama, now this. :)

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              • #8
                Congrats. Sweet
                engtaz

                I love how music can brighten up a bad day.

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                • #9
                  That's a beautiful piece of engineering art! :yes: Congrats! :thumbsup:

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                  • #10
                    [QUOTE=kingdeezieav123refugee;12659]Thanks Art.

                    Its nice to have some positive audio news to share.

                    In terms of players, its probably as far as I'll venture into the woods, its the first piece of gear I am truly contented with.

                    I chose The Carpenters as the first disc to spin because Karen Carpenter's voice has this special quality to it IMO. It was eerie how close she was to actually being in my room, even being limited to Rocket speakers. I am sure a speaker upgrade would be a wise choice sometime soon ;) (looking at you AV123, looking at you)

                    Putz says: I love Karen Carpenter. Being an old fogey, I was lucky enuf to see the Carpenters at the Garden State Arts Center multiple times. She was a decent drummer as well. Her voice on Superstar is hypnotic.

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                    • #11
                      king,

                      What a beautiful TT, congrats.
                      2.1-Ch. Subsystem: SBTouch→NEKO D100→W4S-STP-SE→Bryston 10B-Sub Xover→W4S-ST-1000, LS 6, Anti-Mode 8033s, Submersive HP

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                      • #12
                        Wow, that TT is crazy, cool looking.

                        Hope you get many years of listening pleasure from it.
                        There's a fine line between gardening and Madness.
                        -Cliff Clavin

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                        • #13
                          Thank you everyone for your kind words!

                          I haven't had much time this week to listen to the TT so I haven't gotten to far into the enjoyment of it.

                          For anyone who is waiting on detailed impressions from me on this (I'm sure there is none), I am going to hit up some detailed listening over the weekend.
                          :thumbsup:

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kingdeezieav123refugee
                            ...For anyone who is waiting on detailed impressions from me on this (I'm sure there is none)...
                            HA!

                            BTW, I was just curious what phono-stage that you're using. :scratchchin:

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                            • #15
                              I've heard that a pair of big tall line array type speakers work really well with that turntable. :poke:

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