Back in 2018 I built my own record cleaning machine. It did the job, but wasn’t pretty.
PlecRec RCM II
I recently acquired a better donor turntable and have built a new machine, addressing some of the annoying quirks of my original.
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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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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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This is my recorder selection switch box.
That’s a lot of controls. Here I describe how to use it.
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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’ve really enjoyed my Goldring E3 Cartridge for the last couple of years, but all good things come to an end. Time to embrace a new cartridge.
Goldring E3 vs VM-95EN
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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.”
My passion is vintage analogue audio but, pragmatically, I also listen to digital stuff for convenience. The trouble is that, with a large collection, it isn’t that convenient to use. This is a project to do something about that.
Pi Music Player Components
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