My love hate relationship with my old Mission Cyrus One amp hit an all time low when it refused to power up.
Cyrus partly disassembled
I quickly established that the mains input fuse had blown. The replacement also immediately blew. This could be serious. Time to look inside.
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Phono Cartridges and Headshells
I recently bought three cartridges and head shells for just £3. While I will probably use the head shells, the cartridges are not going to be allowed near a decent record. Let’s take one apart and see what’s inside.
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My TC-377 looks great and initial tests were promising. Now it’s time to have a look inside and give it a bit of a service.
Sony tc-377 with front cover removed
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I have a magnificent Mission Cyrus Amplifier which is the heart of my system. I was bought second hand of course.
This is one of the later ones, with the heavy cast chassis, toggle power switch and 5 inputs. Let’s have a look inside.
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So, that’s the Christmas and Birthday money spent then.
This was purchased from the antiques and vintage center at a local mill. No idea if it even works. So, now that I’ve got it home, whats the first impressions?
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The plinth and cover on my Dual CS505-2 turntable were rather tatty after 30 years, so I built this to smarten things up and make the form match the function.
Dual 505 Plinth
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Roberts Radio’s have held a Royal charter for many years, and rightly so. This has nothing to do with the fact that the Rambler model was the only radio which inmates of her majesty’s prisons were allowed to have. Continue reading “Roberts Rambler Radio at Her Majesty’s Prisons”
NAD 4225 on bench
This beauty was acquired from a well known high street pawn brokers for £20. A bit dirty, but otherwise working fine. As usual with 2nd hand purchases the lid had to come off for a nose about inside.
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Vinyl after dark denied because my Mission Cyrus amplifier has no headphone output. I need something to connect to the tape out RCA sockets. I considered DIY, but it would have cost as much as a bought one to make anything that looked half decent. Research showed that a valve amp could be had for the same price as a solid state one. So, for about £30, I got me this.
Nobsound NS-08E Headphone Amplifier
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If you want to accommodate a heavier cartridge on your Dual 505 turntable, a supplementary balance weight is available as an accessory.
Dual 505 balance weights
This is a 21.5 gram brass weight that you can screw on to the standard balance weight to increase the total mass by 30% to around 93 grams.
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