Responses from theflattire

How cheap can you go and still be happy with the sound?
Knowing what I know now, I could probably live sub $1k. I recently subbed out my Modwright PH9.0 with a vintage Moth Audio phono stage ($200) and it sounds pretty good! I also picked up a Dual 1218 for $60. I put a V15 typeII on it. Add a decen... 
Mainstream Phono Stages Incorporating Premium Branded PCB Parts - Do They Exist?
My Modwright has proprietary branded caps like Audio Note, from who I dunno.  The X upgrade in the PH9.0 in fact removes caps in the signal path.  I think it's not just about the caps but where they are in the signal path. At this price point I w... 
SOS! Suddenly have a high-end turntable, need to upgrade Amp + Speakers
Get rid of the Cambridge Duo and get a Darlington Labs. I had a Duo and it's average at best.    
Looking for phono preamp advice in the $1000 - $1600 range
Sutherland Hagerman Darlington Labs  
What to do with gear which is beyond repair?
depends I recently tossed a couple of receivers, a CD player and tape deck after letting them get dusty. Tube stuff I would strip.  
Your Ultimate Phono Preamp: Which One Would You Choose?
I have a Modwright PH9.0XT and I suppose it's made the rest of my system a bottleneck. If my system could keep up, I would go Modwright PH150 or if I hit the lottery, Zestos Andros Tessera.  
Restored Dual vs. Restored Technics
One reason I’d go Dual is if you run high compliance carts and need a low mass arm. I use a 1218 at work with a Shure V15 TIII. Between the 1400 and 1229 I’d probably take the Dual if only for aesthetics. The 1400 is sort of low on the Technics t... 
What gear do you want to demo?
phono stage in five figure land...what am I missing?  
Phono Stage in inputs for 2 tonearms
Mofi Master Phono EAR 88PB  
Static on turntable
I use the TEAC washi paper and notice a reduction in static. However I live in a low static area.  
Sumiko BPS EVO III HO broken stylus - What now?
If you like it retip. Joseph Long or Steve at VAS.  
How Soon Do You Realize You Don't Like a Piece of Gear?
I would also keep in mind that the synergy with the cart matters also. I prefer a tube stage but I have had instances when one cart sounded better with a different stage.  
Wonder product?
Puffin etc. been around for some time.  DSP I think. Do a search.  
McIntosh MT5 or VPI Prime Scout turntable
Instead of changing TTs why not try an external phono stage first like an EQ500? Phono stage can make a big difference.  
SUT help
There's a Bob's Sky10 on USAM right now. 1:10 is probably all you need. I gotta say, I listened first through the MC side and then through the Hashimotos and I don't hear much difference.  Of course there is the gain. Not listening for anything...