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  1. do you have a link to where i can send mien for reshelling too? the cable insulation of one side just gave way as usual and since its out of warranty plus a not very "nice' local agent so i'm thinking of options other than going customs
  2. use more solder grease/flux and a hotter iron. i've mundorf 9.5% silver solder, 3.8% solder. 9.5% i got it when i was overseas, 3.8% you can get from larry hifi at basement of peoples park (the one where koba is), or you can get from Leda, very nice chap from Leda whom you can passionately discuss mundorf products and speaker design with. for 9.5% it wets and solidifies best if you use a very hot iron, 60W to 100W, i've been able to get it hot enough for this solder to be nice and runny with some flux. smaller irons can work, but it will not melt properly, the solder joints will be quite dry, not exactly good. right now i only use the 9.5% silver solder if i'm doing connections with pure silver wire, else everything else i'm using cardas's quad eutectic solder, easy to solder, flows and solidifies nicely without the need of a big fat iron. i bought it from parts connexion the last time i was buying resistors etc from them to save on shipping. a good joint with normal tin solder > a silver containing solder but bad joint
  3. ok just bought a new one. poof.
  4. any idea how an isolation trans power conditional regulates unstable voltage? i had once attributed hum and noise to the poor old electrical wirings in my old home and had considered to get a 1:1 isolation trans before, but never got around getting it
  5. not expensive to keep a copy now, prices will continue to go up. i'm thinking of a way of conveniently and accurately re-mastering more LPs into lossless format for the fun of it. burnt the flac files onto a black diamond disc and in the cdp it still sounds as analog as on vinyl.
  6. tapes are awesome stuff, very analog sounding. but long abandoned
  7. 1st hand, gramaphone at bugis has, elsewhere mostly sold out. i bought the last 2 pieces from hmv citylink. hmv at heeren may have more. possible restock coming though
  8. i like a lot of her songs one of my favs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN_uvqbXh84
  9. ayaka. great vocals that the local pressings dont do much justice to her voice. considering to buy her japanese pressings
  10. Resistors -> what are the boutique resistors on the market? Carbon composite resistors -> arcol, NOS allen bradley. these resistors have low precision, i.e. you have to buy 10-20 to match a couple of pairs yourself, but they are the very best/most preferred by many in the signal path. this is because carbon composite is not like the long film in metal film etc that can result in distortion and noise with increasing resistance values. they function best as grid suppressor resistors typically in my opinion. Carbon film resistors -> Kiwame, Riken etc.. note!! kiwame, although are very precise resistors, have magnetic end caps!!! terrible! i stripped out and threw out most of kiwames out of my work when i found them magnetic, which in turns become inductive. (plus kiwame is quite identical looking... to koa speer... so i wonder if.. they are really different...). riken resistors are conneisseur stuff, having gold plated leads, and very well loved by many audio diyers. they have composite types too. Metal film resistors -> Takman, Holco, Caddock. excellent resistors, but the newer batches of NOS holco on the market have magnetic end caps, you can use a magnet to probe quite easily.. i've a couple of vintage integrated amps which use predominantly holco resistors through out. a good choice on the cathode, typically caddock, which is known to give good tight bass. Wirewound resistors -> mills, dale, etc typically used for high wattage purposes, i.e. 50W.. wirewound and non inductive.. they are the best as plate resistors and anode loads. tantalum resistors -> only known to be used by Audionote japan in their premium amplifiers. Shinkoh resistors ceased production over a decade plus ago. it was believed that the use of such resistors gave kondo audionote amplifiers, some of the shindo labs amplifiers etc.. the special sound. nowadays, audionote manufactures their own tantalum resistors at abt SGD $20+ per piece. some NOS shinkoh resistors can still be obtained from stockists world wide. these resistors are quite my all time favourite in DIY usage. Criteria for a good resistor, is that it must first be non inductive, from the end caps, to the leads. else when it carries alternating current, there will be undesirable effects on sound. use a magnet and check yours today! minimize ultra high resistance usages if possible for metal film resistors, the higher the resistance, the more noise as well. Allen bradley resistors Shinkoh resistors examples of 0.5w, 1w, and 2w
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