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My room was purpose build using the ratio described by Floyd Toole from the Canadian Research council.

Have 20 dedicated 15 amp circuits, 4x20 amp circuits and 2 220 volt 60 amp circuits. The wall construction is 12" thick ,made up of a double wall of 2x4 studs at 16 oc with the studs staggered ,insulation (rock wool), t&g 3/4 plywood glued and screwed, then the drywall is glued with a v notch trowel. This room is so quiet the music can flow with absolutely no distractions. This is a great way to enjoy the music at the end of long day of work.

Many many changes have taken place since posting my system here.

Decided to repaint the room a much lighter colour to lighten things up for reading in the room.

Using the darTZeel pre amp with two different amps. The first amp in this system is the Wyetech Topaz 211 and second one is the darTZeel amp.

Both bring forth tremendous musical enjoyment albeit different presentations.

Mike L turned my focus back to vinyl after being at his home many years ago. Had my Lp and gear packed up until Mike opened up my eyes/ears.

Now LP playback is 90% vinyl and 10% digital.

Steve Dobbins came by last weekend to deliver and set up the KODO the Beat.

Tonearm on the BEAT is the Reed P3 along with the Kuzma Airline. Room for one more.......

Second table is my Verdier which I bought after visiting Mike L's place.

Using a FR 64s and purchased an ET-2 which will be upgraded to a 2.5 in the next month pending Bruce's schedule.

Studer Tape deck plays a role too but is limited due to lack of tapes. Having spent funds on vinyl rigs and arm/cartridges leaves the deck out side of the music room.

Thanks for reading and take care.
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    • KODO THE BEAT
    Custom build direct drive turntable by Steve Dobbins. Has a separate power supply and speed controller.
    Can accommodate three tonearms.
    • JC Verdier La Platine
    Great turntable
    • Technics SP-10 MKII
    Direct drive from the late 70s. This one is in mint condition. Will start building different types of plinths for the turntables that I have recently purchased. They will be made out of combinations of slate, alloys and homebrew plywood using veneers and an 80 ton press.
    • Kuzma Airline
    Airline
    • Fidelity Research FR 64S
    With VTA adjuster
    • Fidelity Research FR 24 MK II
    One Ikeda's early arms. Looking for an copy of the original manual of this arm.
    • Reed 3P
    12
    • Eminent Technology ET-2
    ET 2 will be shipped to Bruce Thigpen to get updated to a 2.5 version and get a full check over.
    • Dynavector XV-1S
    Great sounding cartridge
    • Ortofon A90
    Their latest top flight cartridge.
    • Lyra Kleos SL1
    Low output moving coil Kleos.
    SL stands for single layer
    • Empire 4000 DIII GOLD
    MM Cartridge from the golden era
    • Grace F9-E
    Had this one on my first Rega 3
    • Denon 103 R
    Denon MC
    • Denon 103
    Second moving coil that I purchased after buying the Kuzma Airline.
    • Allnic H-3000V
    Phono stage which allows the use of two MM and two MC
    • Loricraft PRC-3
    Lp cleaner
    • Audio Research CD7.5
    Reference CD player
    • Aural Symphonics Magic Gem v2t
    Very good power best that I have heard in my system. Powering the Audio Research CD-7.
    • McIntosh MR-78
    Great sounding FM
    • Wilson Audio Maxx II
    Great sounding full range speaker
    • Wilson Audio Puppy 5.1
    Wilson Watt Puppies
    • Wilson Audio Watch Center
    Center
    • Wilson Audio Watch Dog
    Wilson Watch Dog
    • Nordost Valhalla
    Nordost Valhalla
    Have this as my interconnect through out the system excapt for the zeel connect between darTZeel preamp and darTZeel amp.
    • Nordost Valhalla Speaker cable
    High resolution speaker cable
    • Stillpoints Dampers and Risers
    Isolation device
    • Theta Digital Casablanca max
    Casablanca III with Extreme Dacs
    • Sony VPL-VW100 Ruby
    Great looking projector and stunning picture
    • Stewart Screen 110
    Luxus Delux Gey Hawk
    • Slim Devices Transporter
    Computer based server with with its own DA
    • Balanced Audio Technologies VK-6200
    200 watt five channel Home Theater amp
    • Toshiba HD-XA2
    High definition HD DVD player with great upscaling on SD DVD
    • Dartzeel 18 NHB-18S
    Solid state preamp purchased and hoping for a Xmas delivery.
    Ordered with two phono stages.
    • darTZeel NHB-108 model one Version B
    Solid state amp made in Switzerland.
    • AUDIENCE ar12
    Top notch ac filtering 20 amp unit made for Wally of Wally Tractor fame.
    • Audience aR6-T
    Used for the amps at the front of the room.
    • Wyetech TOPAZ 211 A
    18 watt SET with the gold plated Audio Note Transformers.
    • Studer A810
    Vintage 1/4 inch 1/2 track.
    You have to hear it to believe it.
    Makes great vinyl sound like MP3.
    • Studer A810
    My second Studer. This will be used in another system.
    • Nordost Brahma
    Power cord for the Aestehtix IO
    • HOMEBUILD Amp Stand
    4 inch thick Jatoba ( Brazilian Cherry) wood
    • Sutherland TIMELINE
    Strobe light to check turntable speed. Two speeds only 33 1/3 and 45 RPM. Very accurate and easy to use.
    • Allnic Speednic
    Strobe for Turntable to check speed accuracy.
    • HARMONIC RESOLUTION SYSTEM ANALOG DISC CLAMP
    Record clamp/weight
    • Unknown Ebony LP weight
    Ebony disc weight
    • Custom LP racks Apple plywood
    Never enough room for LP storage, so I took over the front entrance with my wife's permission of course.
    • Modified IKEA shelving Walnut gables
    Wanted a storage area with sliding doors to hide various tapes, LPs Blue rays and misc.
    • Modified IKEA shelving Walnut gables part II
    Picture of sliding doors open
    • Canadian Tire Tool Chest
    Hold all of tubes,cartridges, footers, set up tools.
    • TEL WIRE HC Power cord 8 feet
    TEL WIRE HC Great synergy in my system. Beautifully finished and the Oyaide connectors are of the best quality. Extremely happy with them.
    • Acoustical-systems P2S
    Direct measuring and marking system made by Dertonarm. Quality is very high and very easy to use.
    • JBL Hartsfield
    Rosewood matched pair.

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Mikel, we very much enjoyed your visit Saturday. It had been awhile since I visited your virtual system, I forgot the true extent of your top-flight system. Incredible!

Thanks for dropping by, I hope the music was able to give a favorable impression, and was enjoyable for you as it was for us.

Best regards,
Dan 

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Hey Mikel,

Love to see pics of progress from the island!  Hope you and your family are well.

Regards,

Sam & Sonny

c1ferrari

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Good to from you, Mike. Hey, don't forget about me in your travels! Glad to hear things are moving along well on your island project.

Dan

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Hi Guys
Have'nt been here for a long long time.
The Island is moving forward, slowly but surely. Have decided to work there for the next three month to give it a big push. We are now shoring inside for the concrete roof which will take 60 Meters.
Window fabricated and will install once roof is completed.
Stairs from dock to house poured as is the heated crawl space.
Can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Haven't bought any music since last year but am enjoying the collections that I have purchased.
Think it's time for a road trip both south and east....... stay tuned.

rugyboogie

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Hello Mike,

Seeing this post got me to wondering how your island home building project is going. Your system is awesome, you know a great deal about audio gear, and what goes with what.

Good job!

Regards,
Dan

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Outstanding system!

Many cool elements:
-Projector
-Speakers (MaxII and others)
-Cartridge
-Turntables

Lot's of choices and options among your equipment...very cool!

robforst1

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Mike

Congrats on your new speakers.

electricity will be generated from solar panels along with micro hydro stations.

Can't help but wonder how mature the micro hydro station technology is.

Leading or bleeding edge? As an audiophile you are at the forefront of this for sure from people I know.

Very interested in learning more as you make the move.

Cheers Chris

Hey Dan - you need to go easy on Mike. He is dealing with work schedules, deadlines, work stress ....hah hah :^)
oh sure we have similar stresses brought on by our wives but we have a sub conscious natural filter we can turn on.

Cheers

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Hi Dan

Thank you for the kind words and the nudge,nudge, wink wink
know what I mean.
When we go on our next road trip south you will our first stop.
Heading to the Island to get some work done as we are supposed to get a break in the weather today and then back to heavy rain again. At least it's not snow.
Take care and all the best,
Mike

rugyboogie

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Hello Mike,

Glad you finally found the right speakers for the island retreat. I will have to chide you a bit, though, because you have not come for the visit I was expecting from you.

Don't get me wrong, consider it a very mild chastisement, and of course, of no consequence. I was really hoping for, and looking forward to, your visit. I hope you may still be considering it, at some future time. I know you are quite busy, and not a retired old fart like me.

Enjoy yourself wherever you may be, at home, or at your retreat.

Regards,
Dan

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System edited: Purchased the JBL Hartsfield locally for my Island retirement home which is off grid. These will require very little power to drive as electricity will be generated from solar panels along with micro hydro stations.

rugyboogie

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Hi Jeff
Both tables provide great music.
The Verdier was my first table after I gave up on Vinyl in the 90s.
The Platine is a tweakers dream as there are so many ways to improve or tailor the sound to your choice. Back when I bought the table I had lots of time to tune the table. Have to check the table's speed with the Sutherland Timeline and adjust table speed before playing. Simple ritual but it does take a few minutes. Vary happy with the Verdier.
Having said that the Beat provides me pure joy without a lot of table tweaking. Table speed is dead on.
It's almost set and forget.
The Beat gets most of the play time.
Hope that helps.

rugyboogie

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Absolutely beautiful system. I'm contemplating moving to a DD turntable. As you own two world class examples of belt/string drive and DD, would you mind giving impressions of both?

Cheers

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Sad to Report that Mr JC Verdier has passed away.
RIP

rugyboogie

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You're quite welcome, I'm also looking forward to August. Glad you're having fun and trying new gear, good to change things up once in a while.

Regards, and enjoy,
Dan

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Thanks Islandmandan
Thank you for your kind words and help on the phone. Looking forward to coming down to meet you in August.

Received a new RCM made by KL Audio.
What a revelation this cleaner is.
Convenient and the cleanest/static free that I have ever had my Lps.

Purchased some new speakers KEF LS50 (great speaker), also a minty Classe DR3b and a McIntosh MX 110.
Realized that my photos are very out of date. Will work on this as time allows.
Thanks for reading.

rugyboogie

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Hello Mikel,

You really are richly endowed with fine audio gear. I see your involvement includes the finer points of analog playback, sure keeps things interesting doesn't it?

I enjoyed our conversation today, hopefully we can chat when we get more time. In the meantime, enjoy your fine, diverse, system.

Regards,
Dan

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System edited: ET-2.5 finally arrived yesterday and will get a chance to set it up on the weekend. Will post pictures as well .

rugyboogie

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Hi Mike
being the past race car driver that you are, I think you will really enjoy how you are able to tune the ET 2.5 performance, to gel with your room and gear; using any cartridge MC or MM; low or high compliance; as little as .5 gm VTF or above 2.0; just by changing out the leaf spring suspension from single, to double to triple.

Me thinks you are going to have a lot of fun. :^)

You have so many analog choices.

Looking forward to your impressions.

Cheers Chris

ct0517

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Hi Sunny

Getting my ET-2 brought up to the 2.5 version..... yes tangent tracking arms.....
Bruce T is almost done, fingers crossed that I get it in the next few weeks.
Couple of cool finds, picked up a Garott Brothers P77 MM along with a minty Sony MC 44-XL.
FR66s is mounted but need to make another armboard in order to get more range for the VTA, just never enough time in a day.

Say hi to Sam from us.

rugyboogie

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Hi Mikel,

A friend recently purchased a Kuzma Airline...he's running it with a SOTA Millennia.

Tangential arms...aah :-)

-Sam

c1ferrari

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Hi Sam and Mike, thanks for the notes.

Here is what I have been up to lately.

Three weeks ago I came home only to discover a small noise coming from within my listening room. Traced the noise and found that it was air leaking from one of my air filters that came with my Kuzma Airline arm. Tried sealing the filter but it didn't work. Ran into the attic where the compressor sits in order to turn it off.
The compressor must have been running non stop for hours as it was extremely hot.
Back in my music room the first water/oil filter-canister had almost one inch of fluid in it, second filter had nothing.
After several hours of waiting till the compressor came back to normal operating temp, started it back up and attempted to re-seal to filters, but no go.
Turned filters upside down in an attempt to reseal filters as per instructions from Frank Kuzma (thank you for numerous emails) but it didn't work either.
Further investigation showed that the filter housing broke up inside of the canister.
Well this was a first for me, so I have made some big changes to my " air system" for the Kuzma. Purchased an ET 2 recently which will need an air source as well.

The new Air System consist of the following.
20 gallon Air compressor with an output of 4.2 cfm.
Wilkerson particulate filter, which then leads to a large CAMAIR CT30 air dryer.
Then a manifold which has three air outlets.
Two regulators, one for the Kuzma set for 65psi and one for the ET set for 10psi. These air lines run from my garage through the attic and then to the music room.
From there each line has additional three stage and two stage filters before the air reaches the arms.
On the compressor I installed an auto bleed off valve.
Every 45 minutes the timer bleeds off air from the bottom of the tank for 6 seconds. The moisture is piped into a clear plastic catch can so I can see the water accumulate.
All this for tangent tracking arms....... it all worth it.
It is our hobby after all.
Take care

rugyboogie

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Thanks on the Beat. You are a bad influence......lucky for me. Take care.

completely my pleasure, Mike......happy to help out a friend in need. :)

Excellent, Mikel...you are definitely -- 'in the groove!'

Vbr,
Sam

just enjoying the music and friends, Sam.....like you do.

mikelavigne

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Excellent, Mikel...you are definitely -- 'in the groove!'

Vbr,
Sam

c1ferrari

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Hi Mike
Thanks on the Beat. You are a bad influence......lucky for me. Take care.

Hi Sam and Sunny
Lack of room in the music room forces me to keep the Studer in the Living room. Never far away, easy to wheel into the room.
Spinning a lot of vinyl on my new Beat. Tonight it's the DCD Spiritchaser and some Roger Waters Amused to Death.
The Beat is addictive as it is able produces music so effortlessly. The music makes me smile every night.
Bought a large Lp collection (over 3000 Lps) is proving to be a great way to spend the evenings unwinding and learning about new music.
Take care and all the best.

rugyboogie

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"Studer Tape deck plays a role too...out side of the music room."

WHAT? Sacrilege! ;-)
Hi Mikel!

c1ferrari

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