Chicago Thorens, Arcam, Harmon/Kardon, Apt/Holman, Magnepan

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  1. KiM3Ce

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    Quite a nice offering there.
     
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    Love those toy phones!
     
  4. jritchie1980

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    I bought the whole thing-

    Slight buyers remorse...

    At what price would you consider this a deal?
     
  5. jritchie1980

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    Oh - details prob help

    Thorens 115-d w Shure V-15 (works flawlessly)
    Bryston B2
    Arcam CDP (24-bit)
    Apt/Holman Preamp
    Maggie 12-qr (mint w ppwk and xtra fuses/attenuators)
    Harmon Kardon Tuner

    High Quality interconnects; fm ant; and signet 22's (headphones) as well as a high quality record brush as well thrown in too
     
  6. KiM3Ce

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    Thanks for reporting back! You will enjoy that stuff for years to come.
     
  7. Danddd

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    That's some nice equipment. Apt/Holman's alone approach $400.00 on the Bay. I'd be curious what all this went for.
     
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    Ok, I'll play: $1000.
     
  9. pyoung272

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    $1,000 would also be my guess. To me, a deal would be $500
     
  10. jritchie1980

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    I paid $400 so I think I did good. The Apt/Holman needs service everything else works as it should.

    Interestingly enough I was planning on selling the Maggie's but my WAF is higher on them then my Paradigm 5se mi2's!!! So they are staying... thank you guys for making me feel better!!!!
     
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    Welcome to AK, from a fellow Chicagoan! My trusted tech guy is Casper from http://stereorehab.com/. He has repaired/recapped about a dozen amps, receivers and turntables for me over the years. Does excellent work and stands by it with a one year warranty. He won't let you waste your money either.
     
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    Thanks for the tip Tom!! I may bring it in to have it tested, but for now I have fixed the immediate problem. Some guy put a 30v relay in it, I swapped it out for the right one and it sounds pretty darn good!!!
     
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  13. jritchie1980

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    Just an update on this score- I ended up selling the CD Player for $250 on eBay and kept the rest, the magnepam speakers seduced me and my wife, and the Thorens 115 shure HE v-15 brings out the best in the best records (unfortunately it also reveals all flaws, I can only play about 20% of my collection on it) I do miss the Arcam, but when I looked at what I would miss the least of all the components it was w/o a doubt the CD player. Thx guys for chiming in earlier!
     
  14. HH-Bham

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    Which V15 and what turntable and cart did it replace, if I may ask?
     
  15. jritchie1980

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    V-15 HR-P it did not replace any turntable. I still have my Technics SL-D2, on the other system. Previously the living room was surround sound, now it's stereo. Technics lives in the Man-attic (Surround sound, Stereo Seperates, and 2.1 systems). I just sorted all records into good enough for Living Room, and Sounds Better in Attic (I e beat up) and placed them in thier area's.
     
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    Thank you. I'm not familiar with the V-15 HR-P (see V-15 model list here) and wonder if HR-P is stylus model. The SL-D2 is a solid turntable with about the same (or better) specs as the Thorens. I wouldn't think the turntable is responsible for the big difference in sound. HOWEVER, cartridges do make a huge difference, so if the cartridge or stylus on the SL-D2 are inferior, I'd think that is where the difference is coming from (assuming the SL-D2 is otherwise set up properly).

    Having said that, I'm not a turntable expert, though I play one on tv. Also, please forgive me for sidetracking this thread into cartridges -- awesome score.
     
  17. jritchie1980

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    Thanks! And No Problem! The arm on the Thorens is better, overall build on Technics better in my opinion. The HR-P is a p-mount variety of the III OR IV version. Hyper-Ridge, P Mount. My cart on the Tech is an XLM II Improved - I am going to do a comparison eventually but it's a pain to change the cart on the Wand on the Thorens. Thanks for your feedback!!!
     

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