Responses from jnorris2005

Bits bits bits from Upscale Audio
@ three_easy_payments, funny you should mention that.  My friend just bought a PrimaLuna from Upscale.  He's very pleased with it! 
Best budget preamp for my entry level system?
+1 on the Schiit Saga.  I own one and love it.  The newer Saga S is a solid state version for more money ($299) and the Saga + ($400) is an updated version of the original tube-based Saga. 
Re-tip or Replace?
The Grado is the polar opposite of the Dynavector.  Where the Ruby is open and airy with a wide, deep soundstage, the Grado's darkness and lack of high end extension presents a whole different perspective.  I'd be considering AT VM740 or Nagaoka M... 
Is this sign of getting old?
If you liked Carpenters back in the '70s then you were old back then.  You've plateaued over the last 50 years.  Your fascination with Elvis is merely an indication that your musical taste gland is starting to further deteriorate. 
Re-tip or Replace?
@mijostyn653:  Those cartridges are way out of my price range.  I mentioned comparably priced to $350. @roberjerman: I was planning on using Soundsmith's service.  They show a Ruby Cantilever / Nude Contact Line Diamond for $350.  I don't know ... 
All the old issues of Stereo Review are online!!
We had Julian Hirsch at one of our audio club meetings in LaGrange, New York back in the '70's.  Now I admit that I don't agree with his opinions, but I think they were borne of a connection to the typical Stereo Review reader, not an Audio Magazi... 
I have three speakers avaiable to me??
After being beaten over the head with Def Tech speakers when I went to Best Buy to audition Martin Logans specifically, I am surprised they are even mentioned here.  They were honky, bright and compressed sounding.  I have to believe that the Gall... 
Take up drums at age 56?
I, too, am a drummer, and the most fun I've had with the instrument in recent years (I'm 66, and a veteran of the gigging community) is using a decent electronic kit to play along with the thousand of available drumless songs that are available.  ... 
Double Advent wiring question...
I had stacked Advents in my store, then took them home over an extended weekend.  On some material they were magical...on others, not so much.  Definitely worth a try though! 
lack of bass
Are you sure you haven't blown your woofers? 
Why the fascination with subwoofers?
My system sounded much better after removing the subwoofers.  A friend of mine asked what subwoofer should he be looking at to replace a dying one and I told him that his speakers had dual 8" woofers and his room was rather smallish so he absolute... 
I feel bad for speaker manufacturers
Pity the poor speaker manufacturer who tests and tests and tests and finally comes up with a design that he deems worthy - only to have some sad sack purchase them, stick them in a corner with a Pioneer receiver and give them a bad review on the i... 
Death of Rock 'n' Roll
Rock's not dead - the radio stations that used to play it have died.  In a world where crap like Taylor Swift and Cardi B are idolized and emulated there is little room for real talent. 
New Gallo Strata's sound like tin-cans: break-in time problem?
Realistically, these are two four inch speakers with a crossover-less tweeter.  I would be shocked if these things didn't sound tinny - especially in a larger room.  They would appear to be an exercise in artistry, not high fidelity. 
Phono Preamp Question
At the risk of losing some street cred, I have the Schiit Mani phono stage and it sounds pretty nice with my older Dynavector.  I did have to parallel some capacitance to tame the highs a little.Cheap schiit at $129, but sounds great!