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  1. Optimal Cartridge for a Technics SL 1210: 2M Blue or Bronze, Super OM 30, Denon DL-110, AT 150 series (AT 150MLX or 150Sa), or AT 440 MLa, MlLb or new VM 540? Hi Folks: Not sure where to post this. Let me know if it belongs elsewhere. Most of the info below is tell you folks about me and my gear. You can skip it if you like, as it is a bit detailed. My Technics SL1200 ?M3D is no more. Also gone is the Nigthclub S Cartridge and extra stylus. I still have the Music MMF-5 with a Goldring cartridge (?1024?), from about 10 years ago. It is my bedroom rig in New Orleans, I was never very happy with this, but completely different set up from what is noted below, except for the Onkyo. I work up in the DC area now and I have Klipsch LaScalas for my front speakers, Heresy Is for center and rear and a Fender 18” pro audio ported subwoofer (for which there is virtually no info on the web, nor from Fender). The LaScalas are “bright”, even for LaScalas. Therefore, I really do not need an over “bright” TT cartridge. I have a Pro-Ject - Debut Carbon Esprit SB (DC), 2M Red. It was bought knowing it had some damage and I got a 2M Blue stylus to put on the straight TT arm to replace the mangled Red stylus. It sounds very nice, but I have never had another needle on it. I do not intend to replace it. Also have a Pro-Ject Audio - Tube Box DS – Black phono pre amp. I have never compared this to anything else either. Seems to work fine. I only have a small studio apt now so I use the Tube Box for any / all TTs. Thank goodness for thick walls in an older building !! I use an Onkyo TX SR 805. Also about 10 years old. It is an all in one receiver, but with a very good amp for such a unit. I have acquired 3 additional TTs: Technics SL-1800 (repaired), 1210 MK5 and 1210 M5G (one of the 1210s also got minor repairs locally, the other has a gimpy ?gimble point on the tone arm, but it works fine – for now). (Long story on getting them.) Not sure I want to do the KAB fluid dampers on these now, nor any other modding now. Might consider mods after I get a good needle. They came with various used cartridges including an AT 92E, Stanton Groovemasters, etc. I have no way to know how “used” any of the cartridges and styli are. That said, none sound bad. I would like to have 1 good needle that I can easily interchange between these 3 TTs. Therefore, some sort of plug and play set up would be ideal, whether via a compatible cartridge mounted onto a head shell or a DJ needle, Best reccs for a DJ needle seem to be for the Ortofon Arkiv, but I doubt that it would be as good as any in the post title for regular hifi listening. I mostly listen to Jazz, Blues, 60s/70s rock, Disco, etc. I should also state that many of the dozen or so records I have up in DC now have seen better days and all were bought used. I have cleaned some of them, and yes there was gunk on them. The gunk and scratches were one reason to leave out the Super OM-40, as some web postings said that all the scratches etc are easily noted with the 40. Combined with the horn loaded speakers, I think the sound of nice new vinyl might be great, but most all of my 150+ records in NOLA are from the cheap used bin. I have listened to most of them before buying to make sure that that the records were at least in ok shape. 2M Blue- sounds fine on the Pro Ject and some say it is ok with the SL1200s. $210/165 (cartr/stylus, LP Gear or TTNeedles). It is mounted onto the Pro Ject arm and I am not going to mess with it. However, I would consider a second Blue on a headshell for the Technics TTs. Some really like the Bronze, but I do not know if either Blue or Bronze is a good match for my 3 Technics TTs when compared to the OM 30 or others listed here. $370/290. Super OM 30 gets good comments on the web. However, more postings seem to favor the ATs or Denon. $290/220, so more than Blue, but less expensive than a Bronze. TTN Jico Shibata stylus for OM 10, 20, 30, 40: $160 Super OM 40 might be better for those with high quality records, as I guess you hear every pop and such in the vinyl. Some folks on the web preferred the 30. $385/300. Denon DL-110 is said to be well mated to the 1200 series. However, there is no separate stylus for this cartridge, and setting the mount properly might be difficult. It might also be too bright for my LaScalas and Heresy’s. $200-300 AT 150 series (AT 150MLX or 150Sa) is said to be a real step up from the 440s – but so is the price. I am not really sure how much difference there is from the Sa to the MLX. $270-450/335. Perhaps the bargain, if I could score a Sa for $270 and if the Sa is similar to the MLX. AT has just released the VM740ML, VM750SH and VM760SLC to replace the 150s, but I know very little about them. AT 440 MLa, MlLb or new VM 540 get good reviews. MLb is $199/179 I have a few Mono records, not sure the $90.00 OM D25M is worth it for me. One potential advantage to the OM 30 is if I could get a stylus for the D25M that would work mounted onto the OM30 cartridge. Also note that some plug and play or otherwise premounted to headshell sets are available from some of the web retailers. There were also some comments about how difficult some of these are to set up. Any advice appreciated. From NOLA with love.
  2. Please forgive this ultimate noob Q: what do the specs on the referenced pdf sheets mean? How does this tap method compare to maybe using an equalizer to soften the treble, or even putting a cloth sheet in front of a tweeter, etc? Thx,,,,,It's Midnight and I am tired too.
  3. Thank you cincymat: the journey and who you meet are sometimes as much fun as the "conquest" of your new babies. In my experience, I have met several owners that simply wanted this stuff out of the house, unfortunately after a death or home remodel. When I bought my Khorns about 30 years, I almost begged the dentist selling them to change his home redo plans to keep these. My Belle was bought after someone passed away. But I had some great Bar B Q that trip My black LS Is were from a church supply guy I met at an office products store. ETC. But my greatest concern is that folks under 35 yo do not seem to be that interested in physically larger speakers like Khorns or LS's. Bad for them, good for us I guess. On my way up from FL I stopped near the Sub Base in S GA. They had replicas of the Pinta and Nina there. My goodness, talk about tiny ships. It took some real ...... to cross the Atlantic in something the size of a tall shrimp boat. St Mary's is a lovely place to stop for an hour, but limited for time. No base tours given the current state of affairs. Would never have been there if not for this road trip. I would enjoy returning.
  4. Thanks for the heads up. I AM NOT THE SELLER. I DID NOT PLACE AN EBAY AD. SCAMMER I think. Yes, these are photos of my speakers. They are the 3 pics from my CL ad in So FL from a week or so ago. I tried pulling the CL ad, but without success. CL can be a pain sometimes. I had them listed at $900.00, which is what I think I paid from them in 2013. 1994 LS 1s. Ended up not selling them in So FL. Again: No, I never made an Ebay listing. Needless to say, sounds like this zero feedback seller is a scammer under the circumstances. I have them N of the Mason Dixon Line now. They sound great, but are not pretty. I think my dad used them for wheel chair and knife and fork target practice :(( The pics do over emphasize the water stains. They under emphasize many minor dings and scratches. If someone wanted to make me an offer I could not refuse, well, I might consider selling them to someone on the KL forums here. DC area now, Too many low lifes, etc via CL. Not sure how to alert someone at Ebay administration about a likely scammer. NOLA
  5. As I learned from many prior moves, pack 'em tight. In the Subaru photo from Matthews, I would definitely pad the right side of the photo and the corners of the speakers with bent up boxes, cardboard, lots of crumpled newspaper or folded up bath sized towels. Firm pillows between speaker and hatchback rear door. Think of your LS s like a papoose. Nice and warm and cozy all wrapped up in a blanket to save the finish from marring. Best part is that unlike wrapped up kids the LS s will not make number 1 or number 2 20 miles from the nearest clean rest room !! But they will easily tear a hole in the SUV ceiling padding or bust something else if you have to make a sudden stop or swerve if they are not securely immobilized. Remember guys, measure the inside distance between the rear wheel well interior covers that jut into and limit cargo space a bit. Must be a minimum of 36 inches.
  6. They were at my parent's house in FL and not being used. In the end they were just a little too big for the main room and there was not enough room with my dad in the wheel chair. He was doing well with music therapy at first.... The rental SUV price plus gas was the same as an airline ticket for the trip back. Given all the things I need to do during trips to FL, selling these would have been a hassle and having strangers around to demo these for would not have been that cool. Considered donating them to a good organization. Simply easier to take up north where I am working now. Also I listened to them last night. Glad to have them with me here now. So really not all that crazy as the trip back went fine overall.
  7. There was a seller about 6 months ago. You might want to contact Preston Tom. I tried to paste the url below and the crazy forum system makes it difficult. He seems to be an awesome Forum member. Very nice over the phone. Good luck.
  8. Shipping Moving LaScalas SUV Truck Vehicle How To Guide Sorry for the goofy title, just wanted to make this easy to search and find for the next poor person doing this. I drove my Klipsch LaScala Is up north this past Saturday. I had some nice chats with folks here and a few ok emails via CL (but lots of scammers and strange folks on CL too). But there was to be no sale in FL. When I looked at the speakers they had many minor water marks, scuffs, scratches, a few small plywood chips, etc. The pics overstate the watermarks and far under represent all other issues. Not pretty; but they sound great. The cost to ship both on a pallet, shrink wrapped, would be around $500 for a 1000 mile trip. Too much for these. So I made some car rental reservations. Please be aware that most agencies will let you drive a vehicle out of FL super cheap during much or April well into May. Beginning after Spring Break, they need to get the cars out of FL as they are more needed elsewhere by now. Other 1 way specials could be available, so check as needed. As the LS 1s are 2 x 2 x 3 ft each, approx, that is the absolute minimum space needed. About 105 lbs each. I think the LS II s are a bit larger and much heavier. I think the 2 s would be very difficult to move due to the weight. Most any pickup truck will work as will most any commercial van, like a UHaul. Just remember you need a totally secure way to hold them in place somehow and pad them. Also, put some cardboard boxes below the LS’s and carefully pad the edges and the spaces between speakers. THEY WILL MOVE !!!! Minivans that I saw at the airport rental area had some major issues. It is a big lift to get a LS into a 2nd or 3rd row seat. It would not be easy to properly secure them, especially from a sudden stop. If you can remove the seats, which could be difficult, the floor surface could be very uneven and require many boxes or towels for padding to protect the speakers. Might even need wooden boards for the purpose. Possibly a real pain. And remember, at a rental agency, you have no control over what is available to rent when you show up in most cases. Someone mentioned a Prius. I did not see one to measure, but I suspect it would be a tight fit. I rented a 2017 Nissan Rogue, ?SV. Sort of a base model I think. Only a 4 cylinder which was great – got 30+ MPG over about 1100 miles. Several other SUVs had far lower est MPGs, this saved me a lot of money on gas. Often going 80 MPH on the Interstate. Sometimes much slower, given congestion, etc. It was comfy too. I did the trip in 16 ½ hours in 1 day. Ate power bars and such for lunch and dinner. $30-/day for the rental !! The key measurement is not the rear door hatch size !!!! It is the space between the inside rear wheel well covers !!!! On all of the non tiny SUVs I went into with a tape measure, there was at least a 24 x 36 inch entry at the rear hatch. Wheel well opening: Could not find a smaller car hatchback version like a Ford ?Fiesta, etc to measure. Maybe someone can chime in here. Ford Cmax, SEL Hybrid: tight at 37” Kia Soul: 40”. But had other major issues: the rear deck is about 1 ½ inches below the entry – so getting the LS s out will be a major problem. But the bigger issue is how the hatch lock bar is positioned and will likely ding the speakers without a lot of padding. Some other SUVs were clearly larger in the Standard SUV class: Hyundai Santa Fe, etc. I did not see a Rav4 to measure. I measured so many vehicles that 2 of the RAC folks thought I was being a nut and told me to stop, as I had already found a few vehicles that would work. How to pack your LS’s. I got 6 book boxes at Home Deport plus about another 6 boxes from WM about to be dumped. I used all of them. I padded the low central hatch lock area with 2 pieces of detachable long narrow carpeting that the Rogue had over the spare tire. I placed boxes over the cargo carpet and used 1-2 layers of boxes to help move the speakers in place. A neighbor’s scrawny 16 yo kid was able to lift the LS s all over the place, but we both moved these into the Rogue. Did not even need the moving dolly !! The kid was great but had no idea what these were. It took 2 people to get these out upon arrival up north. But I think a strong guy could get them out on his own. Despite padding the pavement below the rear hatch to stop from scratching the LS s upon removing them when I arrived, my helper almost missed the boxes and towels on the ground !! If the finish on your LS s is nice, add some sheets under them to protect the finish when loading them up !! The LS behind the driver did not need extra padding here. I let a box jut out about 6 inches to the front. I did pad the roof corners so as not to damage the speaker corners nor tear a hole in the roof padding. Pieces of boxes and bath towels worked fine. There was some shifting of this speaker during the drive so I had to redo this edge corner protection every few hours. I had a few small boxes and car carpet mats between the 2 speakers. About 4-6” thick The rear speaker by the hatch had edge corner bath towel padding. I used bent up boxes to pad the wheel well areas, where there was about 1” of padding needed on each side. Again, use sheets next to your speakers here too if the finish is nice. To stop the rear speaker from sliding, some couch type firm pillows were used between the rear speaker at the door / glass for the rear hatch. These were a lifesaver. Otherwise that speaker would likely have moved too. I needed about 3 cushion pillows for the Rogue. My carry on bag fit to the base of the front speaker. My backpack fit in front of the passenger seat. My receiver fit on top of a folded up cardboard box on the passenger seat itself. There was no extra space !! Also please note that the rear seats for Rogue go flat – but at about a 10 to 15 degree angle. With the weight of the LS it did flatten out even more. However, this could be a major issue on some SUV models. That is also why you need good padding between the 2 speakers: boxes, pillows, etc. Don’t use sleeping pillows – they are too soft. Use firmer couch pillows. In brief, be sure to get a somewhat bigger vehicle for a long trip. I did not need to catnap in the SUV, and would not have been able to recline the front seat down either. Also, you need to accelerate and stop slowly with the LS s on board. This is not easy on a congested highway nor poorly laid out exit ramp. Hope this helps the next person. From NOLA with love
  9. Will be available to show these tomorrow afternoon near WPB if anyone is interested. O/W, I will likely bring up North.
  10. In the fourth line of the initial post, $900.00. But central TX is far away from South Florida. Thx NOLA
  11. Hello. Seems like there are a few of us in the DC area. Maybe we should try figure out how to do a get together. BTW, nice speakers. Hope you are moving on to others things that make you happy. NOLA
  12. Thx for the tips !! Never knew a Prius V would take LS Is. Pick up trucks as a 1 way rental would be about $200+ per day. When I bought these in Melbourne FL I think I had rented a big SUV for the 3 hr trip to the West Palm Beach area. I have no great memory of the trip except that I was glad to have the big SUV and the seller for lifting help. I would keep them if taken to the DC area where I now work. Each LS I should weigh a bit over 100 lbs without any "packaging". My preference is do the trip by SUV as the lift into a minivan seems more difficult. I also looked at a Minivan and moving / removing seats could be a problem. As a rental, you cannot predict in advance what a car rental place will provide when you arrive. I made a minivan reservation as well, just in case. Any further comments appreciated. Of course, feel free to see these boys in the West Palm area next Friday NOLA