Jump to content
Hamer Fan Club Message Center


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


JohnnyB last won the day on May 29

JohnnyB had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

2,755 Excellent


About JohnnyB

  • Rank
    Veteran HFCer
  • Birthday 11/11/1953

Previous Fields

  • guitars
    Newport w/Phat Cats-n-Bigsby, Anniversary, G&L ASAT Classic Semi-hollow, Gretsch Synchromatic, Ibanez MIJ AS-180, G&L Lynx bass, G&L ASAT Semihollow Fretless bass, Squier Vintage Modified fretless bass w/Barts, Gretsch Electromatic hollowbody bass, Guild Pilot Pro, Guild Pilot Fretless
  • amps
    Eden Nemesis RS210, Top Hat Club Deluxe, Yorkville BM100 1x15 bass amp, SWR LA8 bass amp, Epi Electar 10 SET amp, Roland Micro Cube, Electro-Harmonix Freedom amp, Smokey
  • fx
    Boss (bass) Overdrive ODB-3, Guyatone Flip Tremolo, Maxon OD-808, Guyatone Mini-Reverb (MR2), Alesis Nanoverb

Contact Methods

  • MSN
  • Website URL
  • ICQ

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Seattle, WA
  • Interests
    Music, both to play and listen to, especially vintage vinyl LPs, playing electric bass when I can, guitars, vintage drums, mallet percussion, high end audio and home theater, bottom-feeding,

Recent Profile Visitors

6,802 profile views
  1. JohnnyB

    I May Owe Jol An Apology

    It's a #MeToo guitar with a pussy headstock.
  2. JohnnyB

    Metal and Snakes.

    Well, they did have some pretty big hits in 1967: and Flo and Eddie have continued to tour as recently as 2015.
  3. I grew up with 78s played on electric-powered turntables and tube-driven amplification. The 78s were about the same thickness as first-generation LPs, which were introduced in 1948. The earlier 78s were noticeably different. They were much thicker, about 1/4" to 3/8" thick, and some had only one playing side. It makes sense that the tracking force of a wind-up Victrola tonearm would be much heavier than one powered and amplified by electricity, as is the case of the Zenith unit I posted earlier. Wind-up Victrolas were different: Check out the massive and heavy tonearm assembly on this one, which was typical. It stands to reason that the records that had to endure that tracking weight would be thicker and more substantial. I remember a couple of occasions spending an afternoon spinning vintage pre-war '78s from the earlier era. They were 1/4" thick and the music groove occupied only on one side. The thrill was listening to original recordings of the Duke Ellington orchestra and others from the '30s and '40s. The combination of artists, music style, and technology level created a special connection to the era and its music, style, and technology.
  4. I grew up with a 78 rpm Zenith console until I was 10 years old or so. I remember we always had an envelope of needles. It was a Zenith, and looked like this except is had only the red tonearm. It was 78 rpm only, and all-tube electronics (the design came out in 1948). Fortunately we got a 33 rpm stereo console around 1963, just when The Beatles hit. It was similar--but not identical--to this: An important question, as Anthrax is particularly known for their dense output of 78 RPM shellac 10" records.
  5. ... and when the needle wears out you can pluck another one from a cactus. During the 78 rpm era, you could buy cactus needles from a store:
  6. The tonearm on the Mag-Lev ML1 is the same carbon fiber arm used on the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC.
  7. I noticed that the included cartridge is an Ortofon OM 10 Super. Not a bad cartridge at its $72 to 96, but on the low end for a $2500 turntable. I suspect it has something to do with the OM 10's rather light weight of 5g. My cart is 8g, OTOH, the Hana SL, a Shibata-tipped low output moving coil cartridge with Alnico magnet also weighs 5 g.
  8. I like the way he tried to recruit his readership to become tattle tales, as in, "It would help us tremendously if you would hit that "report to admins' button" if you see one [i.e., offensive post] as we can't be here all the time."
  9. How, learn German? Maybe this online review from Australia might help. It doesn't exactly explain it but it seems to provide some hints about the importance of a solid and level turntable rack to help keep the platter level, and that a little wobble is a non-issue.
  10. I was watching the video carefully including what happens when the arm sets down on--or lifted up from--the record. If the opposing magnets were only in and under the spindle, then the platter would tilt significantly when the tonearm/cartridge combination is lowered to the record surface. However (and I could be guessing wrongly here) it appears that there is a wider circle of opposing magnets, some on the underside of the outer edge of the platter, and another circle set into the plinth directly below. This would stabilize the platter and minimize tilt during fluctuations in tracking force. I notice that the platter does oscillate a little as it spins, but it appears to be equivalent to a mild warp, something that is inaudible with my fluid-damped Technics tonearm.
  11. There are plenty of people on this earth for whom $150,000 has no impact on their finances whatsoever. And many of them have tens of thousands of LPs with a cumulative expenditure in the same cost neighborhood as this turntable. These projects create new technology and design principles, and the people who buy the exorbitant products help fund further development including re-engineering for mass production and cost reduction. Here's an example, one of hundreds: I started working at a high end stereo store in 1975. One of the high end gems on display was the Sequerra Model 1, the first tuner to have quartz frequencies tuned to each potential FM frequency available: It cost $2500 in 1975; adjusted for today's inflation that's equivalent to $11,716.82. In less than a year, Kenwood came out with a high end tuner based on the same quartz-digital technology. It wasn't cheap either, but the asking price was just a little over 25% of the Sequerra--$550. A year later, Heathkit came out with an entire receiver (amp, preamp, phono stage, and FM tuner, for $599. Within another year or two, you could buy mid-level receivers with digital quartz tuning for $399 or less, in other words, available to anyone who wanted one. A similar thing happened with the Technics direct drive turntables. The first ones were broadcast quality somewhere around $10K. Within 5 years the mid-fi models were $350, and a year later I bought the Hitachi knock-off for $250. One of the things that is magical about a well-recorded, well mastered, and meticulously pressed vinyl record is that it contains all the music that went on in the performance venue and is preserved in an analogue model that has all the nuances of tempo, dynamics, pitch, harmony, etc. Digital recordings chop off parts of the initial transients and the trailing decay of the tones. The better the turntable, the more you experience these nuances--the stage size, the positioning of instruments, the beginnings and endings of notes, the swell as the instruments reach their peaks, etc. These details create a high level of excitement in the playback, similar to the excitement of a live performance. True, you don't have the visuals of a live performance, but you do get the nuances, the physical arrangement, and the details you get from a well-staged live performance rather than just a tune, lyrics, and a rhythm section that you get through an audio system of indifferrent quality. The people who design these swing-for-the-fences designs and the wealthy early-adopters are our friends who make these fantastic designs available to just about anyone who wants one.
  12. I may be looking at the wrong thing, but in my experience, tracking a warped record is more a function of tonearm damping. My TT is a Technics SL1210 M5G with stock tonearm. But I added an after-market tonearm damper, which has a screw-on fluid damper and attachable paddle that is suspended in silicone fluid in the damper trough: I found that with the fluid damper in place, my tonearm could track hideously warped records. What were once unplayable records rescued from the bargain bins could offer up excellent sound quality without pitch fluctuation or groove-jumping as long as the tonearm damper was in place. I found that filling the trough 1/3 full was just right for motion control and an organic, open sound. Too much fluid killed detail and "alive-ness." It can easily track records where the outer edge fluctuates as much as 1/2 inch and maybe more, with no damage to pitch control or tracking stability. The damper brush on the Shure M97xE stylus assembly performs a similar function. Here's a picture of the M97xE with the brush flipped down to the damping position: but with the KAB trough, I get the tracking benefits with any cartridge I choose.
  13. I'm guessing here, but there's probably some sort of servo feedback loop that diminishes the non-linear wobbles until it achieves functional stability. Sort of like the platter speed regulation of a Technics Direct Drive turntable, which has extremely low wow and flutter figures. ... and you can bet that there's a sort of magic to a turntable platter that has no bearing friction, and the only drag force is the cartridge stylus in the groove. The frictionless bearing should lower the noise floor significantly.
  14. You say that like it's a lot of money This one's $48,500 plus around $12K for each tonearm (this installation has four of them): And here's a Continuum Caliburn, which has a levitating magnetic bearing and a bunch of other cool stuff. It's 115,000 in British Pounds, which translates to $151,374.50 USD:
  15. I live in Seattle, home of the Presidents of the United States of America. I used to shop at a music store where PotUSA used to consign equipment when they were done with it. I picked up a pair of Chris Bellew's Artist Stock Epiphones and they were pretty impressive in build quality, finish, playability, etc. One was an LP Special--no binding, simple sunburst, but great tone and the setup was so good it felt like it played itself. The other was a red Epi Casino with chrome-covered dog ear P90s. Also great playability and tone. I did replace the Samsung P90s with Lindy Fralins, however. And when my Newport with Phat Cats arrived, it was Game Over.