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"Entering this place is like entering the matrix, the movie"

Carl

What's new

Our "business scale" is hitting red levels, so please call ahead should you be wanting to listen to planned set ups. So much so, our February Harbeth month will be relegated at a later day.

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Our unique JMR speaker May shoot out... May 16th 2020 (( From 11 am till 2 pm ))

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Some one asked what kind of system we would have... point taken. We will have a K3 level Roksan system. From CD player, amplifier and even power amplifier. Cabling will be Nordost Super Flat level. Its my standard where cables are concerned. I listen and also test a lot on my beloved Nordost Cables at home.

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On this shoot out, we will using music that will allow and make easy comparisons between different levels of JMR speakers. Also should any of you folks bring your own music, then it's also perfect in my books fella's. The K3 level gear being used is neither uber expensive, nor is it wildly affordable. We may also use the very decorated and musical Audio Lab N 6000 Streamer as a point source for these demonstrations.

We do hope as stated before, that our Ottawa clients take advantage of this unique comparison test. I am certain we will all have a great time. If we see the potential of such events, then we will design further events of the sort in Autumn. In a way, its in your hands where this goes...we await you all with baited breath !!!

See you soon.

After these heavy laden events RIGHT NOW and by mid May... we propose...

...at this very time, we have Audio Note nearly entry level M 1 pre and AudioLab monoblocks. Being played with several speakers in the last week of February and the 1st week of March.

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Speaking of a wild variant strain of audio virus... but we say, it will be a most excellent system yet again.

This will be a mix of Audio Note preamplifier, Atoll 200 dual mono power amplifier, and a surprise speaker. The mix will be stunning. Cabling by yet again our Reference and affordable Nordost Super Flat line. We will be playing this in the main room. At the ready for the remainder of the month of May.

This will be a most musical system, a unique combination in fact unheard of anywhere and we do mean... anywhere. We will not be holding back. New clients alike should be able to have a slice of heaven without mortgaging the bank.

This is a fun way to demonstrate that affordable high end audio need not break the bank.

The Borea 03 and The Magneplanar LRS and The best Monitor Audio BRONZE yet... more affordable world class audio

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This is a perfect storm. It's been quite some time since we have seen this. The 2 above models have had wild insane reviews from the formal press and on line. We are awaiting real models as back up, the wait times are in fact quite long and yes they are both quite musical. As to the Triangle Borea series, we have several models on display, but the wait times are Borea 3 specific. The Triangle have and even get close to the Esprit EZ range.

The new Monitor Audio BRONZE series are coming out in late Spring. Again more variety for our young clients. Of particular mention and by feedback we have heard from the Brystol show, the father of the line, the BR 6, is yet again insane and huge sounding.

How lucky we are to be able too offer all these models

Our JMR May shoot out... May 16th.

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Some one asked what kind of system we would have... point taken. We will have a K3 level Roksan system. From CD player, amplifier and even power amplifier. Cabling will be Nordost Super Flat level. Its my standard where cables are concerned. I listen and also test a lot on my beloved Nordost Cables at home.

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On this shoot out, we will using music that will allow and make easy comparisons between different levels of JMR speakers. Also should any of you folks bring your own music, then its also perfect in my books fella's. The K3 level gear being used is neither expensive, nor is it wildly affordable. We may also use the very decorated and musical Audio Lab N 6000 Streamer as a point source for these demonstrations.

We do hope as stated before, that our Ottawa clients take advantage of this unique comparison test. I am certain we will all have a great time. If we see the potential of such events, then we will design further events of the sort in Autumn. In a way, its in your hands where this goes...we await you all with baited breath !!!

After these heavy laden events in mid May... we propose...

and ???

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Speaking of a wild variant strain of audio virus... but we say, it will be a most excellent system.

This will be a mix of Audio Note preamplifier, Atoll 200 dual mono power amplifier, and a surprise speaker. The mix will be stunning. Cabling by yet again our Reference and affordable Nordost Super Flat line. We will be playing this in the main room. At the ready for the remainder of the month of May.

This will be a most musical system, a unique combination in fact unheard of anywhere. We will not be holding back. New clients alike should be able to have a slice of heaven without mortgaging the bank.

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Borea 03 and Magneplanar LRS

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This is a perfect storm. It's been quite some time since we have seen this. The 2 above models have had wild insane reviews from the formal press and on line. We are awaiting real models as back up, the wait times are in fact quite long and yes they are both quite musical. As to the Triangle Borea series, we have several models on display, but the wait times are Borea 3 specific. The Triangle have and even get damn close to the Esprit EZ range.

How lucky we are to be able too offer both these models, however we have tried our best to minimize wait time for our clients but it was not meant to be.

Ooopps we forgot this one folks!

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There are times, keeping an evil eye on the amount of gear is challenging too us. Music Hall has been active with us since very late summer. We have in stock of Music Hall 1.5, MH 2.3, MH 5.3 and MH 9.3.

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For those wanting too listen to any table, we do need a call in advance. In addition we have another 5 tables from other companies that we equally like. Music Hall for us is where things begin... where things start. Come on down, its our pleasure to demo these for you... and bring your vinyl ;-)

Triangle Electro acoustique

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March will be dedicated to specific Triangle models : The Australe EZ and the iconic Antal EZ. Affordable in absolute high end terms, but equally iconic because the Antal has been in production for 40 years. Being consistently termed a classic, the company is coming out yet again with a 40th anniversary models. Its a decked out Antal, if you fellas remember the 30th anniversary, well...

I have no pictures of this model, its under wraps, till it comes out in May. If all goes well, we would like to add this model in a already overly squeezed shop.

Jean Marie Reynaud

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April is the month where another rather and equally exquisite french speaker line up will be exhibited. We will add that in May, we will be starting if the public is interested, a kind of speaker comparative test. We will be comparing JMR monitors between one another with the same system too boot (a Roksan K 3 level system, we are trying to keep it real world here). Kris, our floor dude, will be showing off his chops on this day.

We know folks like these kinds of things, so we are hoping many or some will join us, no strings attached, on this day. If this works I will not mind pursuing this activity for you fine folks with other companies or cross breeding different components in an rather active demo cycle. Take us up on our offer, no appointment needed.

Welcome 2020

What is being planned in 1st Quarter 2020 !

The year will begin with Reference 3a speakers on our main system that was delighting you all December 19th. But for a short 1 week.

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Then without missing a beat, we change a system in full flight mode.

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Several things will be prepared upon this first system. We will be getting Harbeth ready for full on display mode. Both with tube set ups and transistor systems. Our Roksan K 3 systems will be taking full playing times ahead with our most affordable streamer: Our own Audiolab N 6000. Of course Wireworld cables. This takes care of January and part of February.

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Then soon afterwards, we will be more than happy providing a few weeks with one of our 2019 POYA winner: THE Monitor Audio New Gold 100's.

In the same month, we will have some NEW JMR that just finished burning in. But truth be told, OUR JMR Abscise Jubs will also have their day in the sun in our main room. Several weeks worth.

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Early 2020 will equally have a surprise for our web fans. Shhh, cant say now... but just wait fella's. I think you guys will like a lot.

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Speaking of which, we will be transferring the balance of our complete offerings in affordable Wire World products... on display and in stock starting in 2020. This simply means we will have fully terminated affordable WW products that can be offered on the go for you fine folks.

We are expecting new Music Hall 7.3 tables, perhaps in Walnut just in time for the selling season.

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There will be several new lines that are being planned, plenty of new gear. We may take several weekends to make their formal introductions, however with no planned advertisement Just call and or show up. We do know them ahead of time but...we are keeping our options open as much will be coming in (as we are making room for these). Its now official, TRI-ART has come back with a full new distribution network. With much fanfare and superlative reviews on their speaker end. The open baffles that are properly designed and implemented have a way to bring you into the music with a perception that will get stuck on how grand music can be listened. On one of our models, do plan on listening to Audio Note gear on TRI-ART speakers. What we call and Esoteric match. You think ?

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Also and lastly, during this March or so, we will begin preparations on one of our last events taking place and... plenty of room is being allowed. The honors for the most likely last formal show belong to Audio Note, no surprise. At about when the Montreal audio fest takes place or so. Very new AN gear will be introduced. Further 2 weeks of AN display will be offered in our main room for your listening pleasure.

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Our last event in 2019

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It was quite THE event, laughter, much humanity, what you say folks, gatherings at their human best (seems the Americans forgot this oh so simple thing, like simply having fun !). We had a bit more food than advertised, a bit more wine than advertised, and beer and yes, music.

As I noticed folks immensely enjoying themselves, hey maybe even having a ball while I think about it, I took note that without a doubt that we even had outdone ourselves by a widest margin in THIS event as in ever.

This could easily be our BEST event, with a massive cherry on top. No one could blame us for thinking this. As the end of the day last evening after the show, it was all about cleaning shop and reorganizing for our 2020 re-opening in 3 short weeks, it was with some chagrin, the same feeling that Kris and I felt in March 2012 that I knew we were heading towards a natural end of something wonderful. Despite I pushed this still further this thing of ours and here we still are.

I truly feel that this one event, as I think back to yesterday evening will be insurmountable, unbeatable , in terms of what was being offered. This could well be the last so called such show. Sure demo days will continue, but these are far from being SHOWS.

This being said, we will have our promised Audio Note event in a rather short time in early 2020. Afterwards we will move forward from these massive shows, leaving but great memories.

As stated elsewhere on this website, without Steve, Kris and Roger at my side, I could NOT do these events. So let me thanks them again as I do others that have come far and wide to attend this event.

Lastly, let me take the time to thank each and everyone one of our clients, thank you for your support and friendship through our many years. It truly is our pleasure to be at your service.

Sincerely

Luc

END OF SEASON 2019
(last day opened on Saturday December 14th, see you all in 2020)

Its a swinging affair at present, what's up and new now.

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Of course we are being kept busy on many fronts at this time, the MH event has taken much room. Then we have finally taken out of boxes the start of our Harbeth line up. As this is being written, more Harbeth are coming in like... right now ;-). We have just finished off a week with our Premium finish Harbeth speaker.

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This month is really also dedicated till the years end to Audio Lab 8300 a series... you folks are taking a shine to both series, who says audio is dead, delivery is quick, but we do maintain back up stock.

Our 2020 year will be seeing our new JMR speakers that are burning in (3 JMR pairs in all), we even have one POYA 2019 winner in these speakers... our miniature Lucia Jubs. New stock of Music Hall Reference turntables, Ifi for phonos and power conditioning all on display during the event. Many new Wireworld products. More in BUT not ready to be introduced to the public just yet.

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For those asking about the new just released Magneplanar LRS, they cannot deliver as the orders are backed up for a while yet. We dont know when these will not be backed up. The LRS are somewhat the little brother of the. 7's, no surprise really.

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One product that has been lost in all the abundant activity with our wall is that Streamer by Audio Lab, the 6000A series, for 750.00... yes, you read right... this thing has already won streamer of the year in some mags...yes yes yes I say... we have had this for 2 months already ;-). We have been quite busy tending elsewhere...

As to our corporate openings this late December, we effectively close to the public Wednesday December 18th. Once we shut down the Music Hall show, we are all officially out of service till January 8th 2020.

Our new year will be playing the exact system that played for our special guests. Then we shift for the sheer demand of it to Harbeth speakers once again, but still the same Reference system. Folks are coming in to listen already and yes falling in love with Harbeth... oh well, what are we to do guys! Dont worry, we equally have Harbeth's nemesis, Jean Marie Reynaud.

We are warning our clients of many changes in this new year 2020, be warned, we intend to have fun, I hope you do with us as well.

Nearing our 300th show/event, right before Xmas !

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Within the close to 300 hundredth show, we have had classics and never to be forgotten events in our somewhat long history. Many took place on Churchill Avenue, in fact, in close to 18 or 19 years, we funnelled approximately 250, maybe 260 events on that site alone, with the last one taking honors as one of the top 8 events today (This December 5th event was one Churchill event that WAS was supposed to be our last). Some events would last till 1 or even 2 AM, some were Fridays and Saturdays 2 day events. It would have been wise to shut these down as our competition were closing permanently with the few retailers left in city since 2006. Call us hard headed.

I can only see our competition look outside in and say... "god dang what are those boys doing to attract so many folks!". We say, easy, make the shows fun and technically precise... and this one will be no exception dudes.

Nobody in terms of retail here and elsewhere, followed or imitated us through with such events, nor much cared to do any in the same fashion we did. We did however never do "Vinyl Sundays". Though these events were a lot of work for sure, and with near limitless and copious amount of food and drink ( something we never counted the pennies providing these happy "liquid artifacts"), it will be the same again for the Music Hall show. Roy and I will be too busy drinking rather than counting pennies.

As of December 1st, this event is now full, no spaces are available.

As usual systems were chosen way ahead of time, usually OXFORD level systems. Reference level Music Hall, Triangle speakers, Trigon amplifier, Wireworld cables, etc etc etc. Kris and I will be doing our magic with this system. We are rushing the burning in the cartridge big time... before the show.

This event was the one show that filled up in record time, who says audio is dead, not here. I actually had to follow up with some folks to make sure they had seen the invite... a first... as this event was actually filling up very quickly. In our 1100sq/ft shop we have, our smallest place of business by a long shot, we cannot have a great many folks with the kind of gear we have lying about. A true first as well, this event IS taking place on our last day before we shut down for the holidays. Yes, our staff vacation starts the second we finish cleaning shop afterwards, and cleaning it will need I say.

As Kris and I go through our paces with system building 2 full weeks before the event ( the desired system is now in place ), I will be choosing my music for that special day way ahead of time. A few of you did ask about what happened to our very beloved and yearly Xmas based Audio Note event. It may take place in April again, we could not do 2 shows at one time. Also not to be discounted as a upcoming idea, is that SPI floor traffic may become a little harder to handle with so many shops closing after xmas. Just as we were intending to slow down these shows in 2018, manufacturers then heard about these events, and the kind of torture we place ourselves through in order to have these impeccable shows... and many are now asking about doing these in tandem together. Surprising, as none of the shows I committed to were about sales.

Here you will be seeing pics of the gang and all, including Roy and myself after we come back in 2020. Roy and I will be inebriated count on it, maybe even Steve ( strike that, he will be ). These pics will be uploaded after the holidays. As I think about where our " audio thing " is going, and how it has changed, sized down, become scarce and kind of bleak for many...we still need to feel and see these shows through. I suppose the relationship thing is still and will remain at the forefront with us, maybe for a long while yet.

The owner of Motet stated this morning that no one in Canada does these events nor do they even remotely close, something we know, and that even in the USA, events like these are an extreme rarity and really never at this level of intensity and play. I would have loved getting down and about my 300th show event to place a 300 candle birthday cake, then retire these events permanently. I may not get there as these events are running their natural ending sooner than later. They are fun, lots and lots of work, and an incredible exercise of brand building. I think we made our point in our so many years of being here at your side, dont you ? A friend of mine stated just a few days ago that our events are kind of magical ( the nicest compliment received I thought on our shows ). The challenges are many in our future we all figure. How many events do we have left under our belt... is unknown.

Time to honker down with final show stages, I will have hoped that those invited had a ball indeed. I am certain it was a pleasure for Roy to have come down too meet and greet our client base. Even Roy seems to be taken quite aback at the level of activity that takes place in our events.. .lets make that old boy proud ;-)

Taking time to thank first and fore most our indelible Roy Hall, and our marvellous Motet distribution, Lily and her network, our house musician, Ms Corriveau, a truly gifted musician, and Lawrence, rep extraordinaire for the help. HOWEVER...without MY team of Roger, Steve and Kris, these events would no longer take place, so thanking them is also crucial. I say to them.. ." the torture endured by these events, is about to end guys ". . .I swear ;-)...trust me I do !!!!

On behalf of my passion team, Roger, Kris, Steve, Jeannine and Frank, and myself, we wish you the following :

May you all have a wonderful Christmas and Happy 2020 New Year.

Do take care folks, see you again soon in 2020.

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Winter 2019

No spaces are left for this special analogue and musical event.

In 3 weeks time...

This special show will take place, there are few places left. We will have a final version of a Oxford system already in place. As a speaker we have decided to place our overall POYA 2019 winners at the pedestal of this show as far as hardware is concerned. Reference Trigon amplification, TRiangle Duetto Magellan (POYA 2019 overall winner) Plinius phono stage, WireWorld Eclipse 8 (POYA 2019 winner), Music Hall 9.3 table, our iconic Roy Hall, Isabeau Corriveau our lovely and talented Harpist (we will have some of her on Vinyl), several other folks on hand, and myself (please don't run away ;-). Music, drinks will be provided. We suspect by the weekend of December 1st, all available spaces will be taken. For those that we will see, plan on having a great time.

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December 19th 2019, a special event ( details will follow )

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As stated elsewhere, we will be celebrating the presence of our iconic Roy Hall on the very last day of 2019, right before we head out on Xmas vacation. Further to this, we will equally have a surprise guest musician from Montreal, play something rather special for those that come and see us that day.

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Special products will be displayed that are new too us. Aside from showing the many MH turntables we have, we will have a MH 9.3 table on display. Amplifiers have not been decided yet, but we will also be introducing the Triangle Signature DELTA, the most reviewed and prized Triangle speaker. Also the new affordable and sought after Triangle BR series that many of you have been calling for, so something for everybody. Nothing however, will be matching Roy Hall omni shadowing presence during that day and the pleasure of having live music.

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Both they and we will be there for you all, December 19th, details to follow. Many of you will be personally invited to attend... this one will be fun... AN EVENT FOR THE AGE'S I assure you !

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It may surprise some, but we carried this brand iconic brand ( as we did Spendor ) well over 20 years ago. The adventer lasted close to 4 years ago. We even have one of our crew remain a Harbeth die hard, Sylvain now has the 30.1 's.

Times were very different in those days, we had 4 models at different price points. Harbeth was not expected to survive much longer, as many other brands btw, brands that did not make it. Harbeth did over the long haul, alas our Canadian supplier did not survive at that time, and Harbeth did not see the light of day till over 10 or so years later back in country.

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Several models were ordered, some will arrive soon, and some others will arrive later. We will even have some new back up models for our clients, yes you heard right. Many will be in premium finishes. We further intend to tend to take up any warranty inquiries that belong to Harbeth and the pre existing Canadian supplier here in Ottawa.

This is our way of responding to the need of offering our SPI clients even more at a time when 2 channel has been terribly affected in a most negative way in our city. Again we say to our Ottawa audio community, let us offer even more gear, more services, more commitments by a wide margin, once again.

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So we say, welcome back Ottawa.

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Surprised many, especially with the vast amount of choices we already offer our Ottawa clientele. Our Harbeth's are starting to come in dribs and drabs. Most will know that these are of limited production capacity ( like JMR ), first our 7's came in ( in now ), in a special finish. Several 3's are coming sometime in December, then come the 5's in January. Then we will not stop there. Its a new venture for us with this line up we had been involved in prior in our past.

So integration will happen as quickly as models are made available to us. Expect tube gear to be on display on these Harbeth, just in time for winter

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Speaking of lines we had represented before, We will be mixing things up with several models, at several levels in the coming weeks.

From the well reviewed and sought after and incredibly rare to be seen Signature Delta models, our Triangle Magellan Duettos, we may even get into the Magellan Cello models, all truly high end and all taking place in the frisky months of December and January.

No worries, we will be introducing our Esprit range once more to the public, Triangle is not for the rich and famous, its also for the normal folks like you and me ! The Australe's are ready to go, the replacement of the classic Zays, and maybe right after this we should receive the incredibly new and very special ANTAL Special 40th anniversary ( No pictures yet ), a strictly very limited edition dedicated for the Triangle Connoisseur. I may even keep one myself... like I need another pair of speakers at home…

A real push with rather well healed speakers throughout the winter months, and after giving our tube gear a half year break...well its time to kick that up several notches as well.

Tubbies here, tubbies there, tubbies everywhere... more to come.

PS: We have started to offer the Triangle BOREA series. Already just under 8 calls at time of writing, this just IN new series, that is very well made, very, strike that, extremely musical, have made us raise our attention on something quite special that are equally affordable. As many shops become less and less efficient a supporting inventories, we have made it a point to remain busy, BUT also remain hungry at offering options for our client base that are just starting out.

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Speaking of many options, in the haze of figuring out what to do with our website, some may have overlooked that we have received the last Jubilee pairs of JMR Lucia, Bliss and Euterpe 's. We have the entire series on display.

It must be said that there will be a partial POYA 2019 awards this year. We simply ran out of time. BUTTTTTT, check out who would have made it in our unofficial POYA. It would have been the first time ever this happened this particular way... only 4 products + 1 system of the year were chosen... read up and enjoy guys.

Some have mentioned the new La Voce and its particular ways its being noticed to great fanfare. Nearing close to 12,000.00 CDN, its no chump change and that does not include the stands. Possible show event event later, who knows, but eventually there will be NO room left in our cozy and extremely well stocked shop.

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We have the entire JMR lineup

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I needed a well deserved sabbatical from turntables folks !

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Linn LP 12

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Ok I am back and swinging from a 2 + year self imposed sabbatical fixing turntables. I let be known that it was permanent, as I was not ready to bet that I would ever have the appetite to return to my love of fixing tables, specifically Linn Lp 12 ( after fixing somewhere close and between 900 to 1,000 LP 12's in my like time. I'm the first to say, wow, I even did not expect to find the passion to do this ever again. Many will know, I am the last formally Linn trained LP 12 technician. I believe I am the last classified LP 12 expert in North America. There are many in Europe that I know personally but here on this continent its something else. I never sold my huge inventory of original Linn Lp 12 parts, just in case. We equally have direct access to parts only with Linn.

This nouveau joie de vivre at this time had me integrating as many as 10 TT's or so on our shop floor, at all levels this early summer.

Behind the scenes, I did return with a vengeance this September and October after our staff summer vacay, going as far as Montreal for the services of a rather special Audio Note job. I even jumped on one of my LP 12, and gave it a much needed TLC and super major cartridge upgrade. I'm now eyeing my Sota / SME 5 / Benz setup with a vengeance TLC session soon enough.

I'm actually playing LP's again ( PS: I still detest hearing " analogue rules " diatribes and doctrines, these diatribes still give me fuckin headaches, some things dont change folks ). Tables are now being accepted for TLC and or repairs or cartridge upgrades, and btw, these TT jobs have already begun entering our domain for TLC/repairs, yes that quickly. That 2+ year break was a necessary evil, even chatting this up, I feel giddy. So it can be said, I'mmmm back, I even can smile when I see a TT now come in for repairs now.

PSS: We have just inserted onto our company portfolio, my all time fave GOLDRING cartridge company.

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