Responses from elrod

Aries-Cerat Helene Review
@tonywinga  @jc51373  Just an FYI for all Helene owners - the stock Mullard rectifier SUX! Do  yourself a huge favor and upgrade  to a 5AR4/GZ34 NOS  Mullard F31,F32, or a Matsushita w/ the split seam top. I'm using a GE/Matsushita split seam G... 
Auditioning Used Equipment - Am I crazy ?
You're not crazy for asking. But by the same token, they aren't crazy for saying "no".  
Eminent Technology Et-2 From Scratch
At the risk of being obvious, could the seller give you a clue as to what the issuess are with it?  
Interconnect priority
I can't vouch for the validity of it, but people who know more than I do about about audio say the DAC to Preamp is more important, because it's the smaller signal and any deficiency in the signal will just be amplified the further down the chain ... 
Do you belong more to souce first or to speakers first school of thought ?
Speakers first camp here. That way you can make sure your room layout is good for the speakers and the amp matches the load requirement for your speakers  
It's one thing if you were actively looking at that amp to purchase - even paying $300 for an audition could well be worth it to you compared to buying, not liking it, then having to resell. But then you weren't actively looking. There could well... 
Thorens PSU124
The center knob on the speed selector is how you fine tune the speed. Just pull up an owners manual online and it's all explained there. Now if your saying that you've run out of adjustment before the speed is correct, do a search for td-124 eddy ... 
Power cords: does length matter?
That's what she says...  
Morrow Audio Speaker Cables
I had a pair of the their SP-4 speaker cables and they were very nice sounding. The cost to value ration is very good. They have an old version vs the new  version in which they they pretty much doubled the wire count. Depending on how well your s... 
Audiophilism is a hobby
"Great music is of course a vital part of the experience, but with all the manipulations we do with our systems, we  are fascinated by the idea of sound in itself as a hobby." Unless you sitting in front of a live performance without any amplific... 
Moody Blues founder Mike Pinder passed away today at 82
RIP Mike. Although Justin Hayward and John Lodge weren't original members, they are who I think of when you say Moody Blues... Moody Blues came along in a unique time for their music and the era just wouldn't have been the same without them "Go ... 
Looking for advise and recommendations on a nice record cleaner.
Have you been cleaning your records? I would suggest first you find an album you know well, which doesn't sound the the way it use to. Then find someone (record store maybe?) who offers ultrasonic cleaning, get the record cleaned and then listen t... 
Long run XLR cables
Another vote for Mogami gold. It's a fantastic baseline to test other cables to. Mogami also has a non-DIY Platinum version which is a couple gauge larger + higher end connectors  
Am I right for this forum?
OP, of course you belong here. Room would be pretty damn boring if it only had one kind of person in it  
Technics 1500 US needs repair
Beautiful reel. I use to have a 1506. The only thing I can offer you is to check out Tapeheads.net forum. If anyone were to know something, it would be them.