Well it’s my birthday, it’s my birthday! lol I’m older and stuff, I went to work like any other. The day started off pretty horrid, lousy traffic, couple annoying emails, I figured yay, perfect way to spend my birthday I should have stayed home.
Well… several of my friends got together and made me some goodies, and a bunch of my co-workers remembered it was my birthday, thank you to all my friends, both near and far for making this not just another day, but for putting a smile on my face and making me feel loved.
The above card was from my wife… what do you think she’s trying to say?! LOL
Hope everyone out there had a fantastic day. I’m winding mine down now that I’m home, dinner in front of me, making a post listening to my new and quite fantastic turntable, spinning Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get any better than this.
What could be cooler than to have my new U-Turn Audio Orbit turntable show up 3 months after Christmas… the week of my birthday! LOL good things come to those who wait ;) On top of that… I got my new Vinyl Me Please edition for March! So not only did I get my new table but I have some new music to spin on it as well!
This table is nearly non-music-person proof LOL. opening the box reveals… the acrylic platter… yummy. Below that, the misc. goodies, RCA’s and the drive belt. Below that is the table assembly complete with twisty tie to secure the tone arm to its rest. Stupid Simple baby, doesn’t get better than this. Pull the goodies out and un-bag them, place the platter on the spindle, thread the belt on being careful not to stretch it, and we’re almost ready to go. I tell you what finding a spacer to get my digital gram scale level with the top of the platter was the most trouble. I checked and set the balance to 2g which is the recommended tracking force for the included AT95e cartridge. I actually have one of these but don’t think it’s ever seen any play time so I will go ahead and break in the new cart to give it a listen as shipped. Once it has some hours on it I will definitely pull my AT440MLa and transplant that to the new table.
At first blush, with about 1 hour on it now, as I write this I am quite pleased with the sound coming out of my system. The thing I notice above all else is the much quieter presentation vs. my Audio Technica table. The AT has quite a bit of rumble, the U-Turn doesn’t suffer from that at all. I’m impressed with the AT95e, this is a very well behaved cart for having no hours on it, sounds really respectable out of the box. I checked the tone arm alignment and it was close enough that I didn’t feel any need to try to improve upon it. Playing records confirms that setup out of the box was indeed good to go.
Once things have had a chance to settle and the cart has about 20 hours or so on it I will likely post an update.
Dare I say, as things stand right at this moment… this turntable is a fantastic value, out of the box your average Joe would be spinning LP’s in 15minutes assuming the turntable was the only missing element. I’m not talking about JUST playing records, but being able to really enjoy the experience. Do I sound snobby yet? LOL As I prepare to flip another LP I am quite simply tickled with this turntable’s performance. I look forward to writing the update after living with it for a while.
how cool is this, one of my all time favorite artists, what an awesome piece.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Further Out Miro Reflections
I absolutely LOVE this LP. I’m a huge Brubeck fan. I’ve had a very well loved copy of this LP for quite some time but it’s quite noisy, I’ve cleaned it numerous times and always get a little better play out of it, but it would never be perfect. My birthday is in March and my wife heard me talk about trying to track down a more perfect copy of this LP.
Well she found one… a limited edition, I haven’t seen on the jacket anywhere but I’d swear it’s a 200g pressing and what a perfect pressing it is. I never got to see Dave live, I wish that I could, but after listening to this LP for the first time I would have to say that tonight I’ve come as close as I ever will to hearing him live.
Sitting down and listening to this over my main system brought a little tear to my eye, made me laugh out loud, and gave me goose bumps all in one sitting. If you’ve never heard this LP and are even a little fan of Jazz, you owe it to yourself to find even a well loved copy and listen to it once. I promise you will not regret it.
TriTrix Final Episode
Ok so I’m slacking, pretty typical of me. And I didn’t take pictures of the sanding and filling and painting. I’m failing you guys… for that I’m sorry. Essentially the MDF isn’t the perfect surface, I noticed that I would sand for the rest of my life before getting it smooth, and even then in the name of not killing myself with sanding dust I declared victory LOL.
So! Lowes to the rescue, I grabbed a big tube of a filler much like drywall Spackle. I spread it on pretty thick with a spackle spreader and then came back and sanded it. It wasn’t perfect but a huge improvement. Then I also got a gallon of satin finish black interior paint from Lowes too. This stuff worked pretty good. Couple flat wall textured rollers for satin finishes. Poured some out and off I went.
Few coats of paint later, couple weekends went by, and I wanted this done already. So, starting with the top pictures, the very first picture is essentially what I had before I started filling, sanding, and painting. I installed the speaker spikes before painting so I wouldn’t have to mess with it later plus it got them off the saw horse which made painting easier.
Now that they’re all painted and we’re gonna finish them, the binding posts needed installed first. These are screw on type, spring loaded on both sides. I’ve never seen this type but they’re cool. Made connecting to the cross over nice and easy since I could barely see inside down the back of the port.
Then I measured some wire for the cross over and how it would wire to the woofers and the tweeter. Soldered those to the crossover and pulled everything into the speaker cab from the back side and then pulled the wires up the front and let them hang out the speaker cut outs while we stuff the cabinet with polyfill.
The entire cabinet from the back side to the front and top to bottom gets filled with the polyfill damping material. Once the polyfill is all pulled and fluffed up and stuffed we’re ready to install the drivers and solder them to the wiring of the crossover network.
Once the drivers were soldered and screwed into place we’re done. Do it twice and both speakers are finished. These babies weigh a ton, at least it feels that way carrying them upstairs lol. I’m guessing around 45lbs each.
The last picture is one of the finished speakers in place in my main system breaking in. I’m thrilled to have them done. Even happier with the sound. The PSB’s sounded really good but the TriTrix seem fuller and have better mid and low end with pretty solid bass. I retuned the sub after 2 weeks of break in and I am tickled with the overall results.
Ok so I recently discovered that record clubs do still exist and I happened to find a really good one. Vinyl Me Please. So I sent them a request to join, they sent me the info and before you know it my first LP showed up.
February’s selection was the self titled LP from Express Rising. It’s purely instrumental which I dig. It’s also very laid back, I would say a good word to describe this LP is “chill”. Some of it reminds me of John Fahey, some takes me to Pink Floyd, but it’s definitely cool out music.
As luck would have it, my very first LP was scratched. I shot the kids over at VMP an email and much to my surprise and pleasure they got another one right out to me. I’ve had horrid luck in the past with new LP’s so I was tickled that they have the no muss no fuss attitude. My new LP is Perfect 180g vinyl goodness… as I write this it’s spinning. It sounds quite good. Very well recorded, quite pleasing to listen to. My wife likes it even.
If you’re into Vinyl and the cost of admission isn’t out of your comfort zone, please check them out, I’m looking forward to the next installment.