Responses from boothroyd

Anyone listen to the new SME Model 15 or 20 MK2?
I believe Mike Rose, a real straight shooter IMO, @ Excel Audio has both MK2 versions on his floor in Newport Beach CA.  
VPI felt mat vs aftermarket
You’re sporting a proper platter. Yes, with a reflex clamp the washer (rubber) is meant to raise the record just slightly above the platter surface. The threaded reflex clamp forces the record over the washer due to the sculpted profile of its un... 
VPI felt mat vs aftermarket
If any reflex clamp or weight system is going to be implemented, it’s also worth noting that a proper VPI platter should allow the groove surface of a record to make intimate contact with the platter surface. This is accomplished by machining a p... 
Best Receiver?
Lots of great choices mentioned. I guess like any other amplifier recommendation, it ultimately depends on the loudspeakers being used. A restored Marantz 2330 (non-“B”) would be my $0.02 suggestion for a great sounding receiver.  
The "Very Best Record Cleaning Formulation"
@wizzzard  Pardon me, kind sir.  
New Hana Blue cartridge?
I just listened to both Hana Umami models on a couple of SME ‘tables at a dealer recently and as a fan of alnico, I completely agree with the Tracking Angle review. IMO, the Umami Blue could very easily be a little disruptor in the $3k+ marketpla... 
The "Very Best Record Cleaning Formulation"
FWIW - My vote for “TheVeryBestRecordCleaningFluid” For any vacuum based machine: Applied using a spray bottle (fluid reservoirs are exceptional at growing mold and other contamin... 
How do I know if my systems any good?
If you’re emotionally captivated by the musician(s) performance and your sense of the daily time clock has vanished then I’d suggest it’s working.  
Any Thoughts?
As an Acadiana native, a good dog-gone bowl of Chicken & Andouille sausage gumbo is tough to beat. Other than that . . . "Gunga Galunga, Gunga Lunga"  
Klipsch Cornwall IV and Luxman Integrated
Class A & tubes I have it on two highly qualified accounts that the Jadis DA88S Integrated is an unbelievably solid pairing with the Cornwall IV.  
Turntable Isolation Journey
@tonywinga  I'm amazed at the number of expensive high end turntables that lack any sort of isolation, or just a minimal amount of isolation requiring the consumer to spend yet even more money on a highly engineered isolation platform.   👍 I c... 
Harbeth SHL 5 amplification
A very impressive loudspeaker when powered by a Pass Labs 25watt Class A amp.  
Turntable Isolation Journey
Turntable is the only source here -- and it’s a Clearaudio Innovation Compact with no suspension or special isolation feet.   Not to detract from all of the positive feedback . . .  Is not the Clearaudio Ceramic Magnetic Bearing (CMB) technical... 
Luxman PD 151 mk 1 or Feickert Volare
In stock form, the Luxman should provide better isolation (with all its Hanenite bits) and may well prove easier to live with while exhibiting sublime performance. Christian Feickert used to be a big user/reseller of Jelco when they were availabl... 
Was I Expecting Too Much