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Thinking About Selling and Replacing My Pop/Rock Vinyl Collection
@bdp24 The way I've overcome the limitation of the Nitty Gritty machine you mention is that I clean the LP by having it rest on a rubber turntable mat inside the mat's cardboard retail box.  Place it on the NG, then remove it to clean the other s... 
Thinking About Selling and Replacing My Pop/Rock Vinyl Collection
@bdp24 Your succession of LP cleaning tools is the same as mine, except I’m still using my Nitty Gritty 1.0. Some of my old LPs that were cleaned with the Disc Preener developed a gritty surface noise that I have been unable to remove, having tri... 
Half-Speed Masters - are they worth double dipping?
I just compared my MFSL of Grateful Dead's American Beauty with the 24bit/192kHz version on Qobuz.  Cartridge is a Benz Ruby 2 in an Eminent Technology ET-2 linear-tracking tonearm; streaming via my Bluesound Node 130 upgraded with the Teddy Pardo... 
Why I don't hear bass drums on Jazz LPs?
@pwerahera @bdp24  Thank you for posting and answering this question.  Even listening to small-group, more recently-recorded jazz, I have wondered about the same issue.  
HFNRR Test Record anti-skating tracks
@dover  Thanks for the reminders about the manual's setup instructions.  I reviewed them and just checked the tonearm's behavior on a small mirror, and it was motionless.   I also noticed the azimuth was a hair off.  After correcting the azimuth,... 
HFNRR Test Record anti-skating tracks
@lewm  Regarding your point (3) above, as you may have read in this thread about tonearms for the SOTA, a former SOTA rep said that the ET-2 was used in their reference system, and they had no problem with the combination. https://forum.audiog... 
Half-Speed Masters - are they worth double dipping?
The half-speed-mastered LPs I have from the '80s (MFSL and CBS Mastersound) do sound better than the conventional LPs.  Of course, the MFSL were also pressed with virgin JVC vinyl and made from the original master tapes, so that also helped.  If a... 
HFNRR Test Record anti-skating tracks
@benjie   I've searched for the YouTube videos you mention and can't find them.  Could you provide a link, please?  I am inclined to agree with lewm, though, that antiskating with the ET-2 is covered by having the turntable perfectly level. FWIW,... 
HFNRR Test Record anti-skating tracks
Thank you both for your prompt responses. @lewm Your (1)--isn’t that cartridge overhang? I did check that with the cartridge alignment tool provided with the ET-2. (2) You are correct about the type of level I used, so I just rechecked it with a... 
Developing A List Of Tonearm Candidates For A SOTA Turntable
I don't know which model of SOTA you have.  I have a vintage SOTA Star Sapphire on which I had a linear-tracking Eminent Technology ET-2 installed, and am still using that to this day.  It is rather fussy to set VTF with it, but if you don't mess ... 
What was the most expensive record that you ever bought ?
I don't remember the most expensive I bought;  probably some of the MFSL from the early 2000s.  But the most expensive I sold was one of those--a sealed, limited edition (fairly low number) copy of Pink Floyd's Meddle for $1100.  
Who wants to discover a Rolls-Royce analog piano LP record ?!... Marcelle Meyer - Debussy
Is this in realistic stereo--in other words, not excessively panned across the stereo soundfield, but presenting the piano the way one hears a live grand piano? Where is it available?  
Attention: Debussy-loving audiophiles
https://open.qobuz.com/album/xstvhd9qt0xja  
Do you belong more to souce first or to speakers first school of thought ?
A lot of thoughtful responses here.  With the possible exception of the tube amp diehards, most of us probably need to consider the speaker first, especially to fit the listening room.  Too big a speaker won't work in ... 
Digital LP’s
I have a BMG record club LP of Pat Metheny's Still Life (Talking) from 1987 and the CD version.  The digital record, mastered by the great Bob Ludwig, has sounded better in some respects when I've compared it to the CD.  It's been a while since I ...