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A vote for the little guy suppliers
Ric Shultz of EVS does fine modifications and is a very interesting guy.Rich Brkich of Signature Sound. Small audio dealer, great gear and service.Jim McShane for tubes (very well tested, great service) and Hk Citation mods. I've also had good exp... 
Vinyl recordings - best methods
I’m planning on the same one day. I’ve heard good things about the M2Tech Joplin Mk2 (~$1.6k). I think this is what Michael Fremer uses in his system. In the under $1k category, the RME Babayface Pro has received positive comments.If I had unlimit... 
Your Nominations: Top Phono Stages under $1,000
Lounge Audio 
E-Bay RETURNS, WHAT A BUCKET OF WORMS
Not everyone on eBay is a bad guy although there are plenty of them out there.When you buy something from me on eBay, if you are in any way unhappy, I will make it right. If it involves returning the item, I would offer a complete refund, pay for ... 
After nearly 20 years, I left Magnepan and went ProAc
Agree with Dill on the Herbies Audio Labs Gliders. A friend had big Proacs (can't remember the model), didn't like the spikes and asked me for help. I was surprised at the improvement in sound with the Gliders. My friend is happy.Also, based on lo... 
Best divorce album?
Whipping Post - Allman BrothersGreat call on Dear Jill. That first Pig album is a full on classic; not a stinker in the bunch. We covered two songs from that album in a band from my younger days. I would switch from keyboards to sax for those. 
Need advice on what to look for in a turntable - budget $6K to $10K
Someone else recommended the Michell Orbe SE. I agree but take it to the next level with the full Pederson mod. A used Orbe with the Pederson mod kit could run as low as $4k, sounding better than tables costing much more. Pick your favorite arm. M... 
Favorite guitar players not named......
Remarkable that no one mentioned Michael Bloomfield. 
Your single favorite component
Herron Audio VTSP-3A line stage. 
Hello, FM experts: What's the best type of outdoor antenna for my location?
http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/30-2460After an exhaustive search, this is the only FM antenna I could find currently for sale. It's working well for me. Your trees shouldn't be an issue. MCM also sells rotors and other antenna mounting acce... 
Cable Cooking/Burnin
I use the Hagerman Audio Labs FryCleaner, an older kit version of their current lineup. They now offer three, pre-assembled products, all substantially less expensive than the audiodharma Cable Cooker.Bob Crump (TG Audio) would string 100 or 150W ... 
primer on buying vintage tubes?
Jim McShane, Brent Jesse, Andy Bowman, Brendan Biever and Doug's Tubes are all great tube vendors. I've also had good luck with larger vendors like Tube Depot. I would never recommend Upscale Audio. My experience with them has been terrible. Other... 
Cudos to Brent Jesse
Jim McShane, Brent Jesse, Andy Bowman, Brendan Biever and Doug's Tubes are all great tube vendors. I've also had good luck with larger vendors like Tube Depot. I would never recommend Upscale Audio. My experience with them has been terrible. Other... 
Stupid question about Sutherland Ph.D. phono pre
I used to own the PhD. Yes, you can use MM cartridges. It's likely that you can use the stock gain board at 45db and loading board at 47k for most MM cartridges.Although the PhD is the quietest phono stage I've owned (very important since I use Av... 
Power amp s for Avantgarde Duos?
I've used the following amps with my Duo 3.2 system: Wavelength Triton WE300B, Wavelength Venus 45, Welborne DRD 300B, Yamamoto A08, Yamamoto A08-S. I settled on the A08-S (EML 45 solid) and have been very happy for about three years. Great match,...