Figuring out when a stylus or cartridge needs changing depends on many things. Condition of record, how well your system is set up and how may hours use it has had.
PlayMate counter timer
Recording needle time is a useful thing to do then, but precision of 10th of a second isn’t really necessary. So why did I create this fancy automatic digital play counter called the “Play Mate”?
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My Mission Cyrus One amplifier is a very simple affair, which is indeed one of it’s strengths. With the exception of the phono stage the pre amp is purely passive.
Inside Buffer amplifier
Normally this is a good thing. However In my system I want to connect several devices to the tape-output sockets simultaneously. This just won’t work well.
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I’m somewhat paranoid about using my record stylus for longer than I should and causing damage.
Tally counter at 900
I use tally counters and keep comprehensive records. This tells me it’s time for a change. Now that I have some data, It’s interesting to see how my listening habits stand up to scrutiny.
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My system sounds great, but it’s lacking a little something aesthetically.
VU Meter Bridge
A cassette deck, which was otherwise beyond repair, had a lovely pair of VU meters. Maybe I can do something with those?
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My Mission Cyrus One amplifier does not have the DC Power socket that you find on the Cyrus Two for attachment of a PSX external power supply. It would be
just above the logo next to the tape out socket, but here it is clearly missing.
Cyrus One sans DC Socket
The amplifiers are similar, so perhaps I could fit a socket to my Cyrus One? But is it a good idea?
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I have a number of portable audio players, Walkman and MiniDisc which use the rather convenient “gum-stick” style rechargeable battery.
Charger-Sony plug top
It becomes less convenient when you want to charge it up.
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I have half a dozen recording devices
to connect. Unfortunately m y Mission Cyrus amplifier only has provision for one tape recorder. To solve this problem I built This.
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You don’t say!
hama phono amplifier
That’s what it says on the tin. But what’s inside?
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I have been trawling ebay for a metal take up spool to improve the looks of my Sony reel to reel.
Agfa metal spool
They are really expensive. £40 -£60. This one was advertises at £14, so I snapped it up. Nice.
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I do like the clean simplicity of the aesthetics of my Mission Cyrus One amplifier.
However a nice big pair of mechanical VU meters also looks good. So, I built this.
Continue reading “A Meter bridge too far.”