Fidelity Research FR-64 tonearm

This vintage Japanese tonearm still enjoys a certain ‘cult’ status.

Fidelity Research Co. was founded by Isamu Ikeda in 1964 and the FR-64 tonearm was introduced in 1978. Fidelity Research closed down c.1984.

(A new company, Ikeda Sound Labs, currently again offers new cartridge & tonearm products.)

The detailing and machine-finishing is visually uncomplicated. After 40 years, it still looks elegant and the material is durable and un-tarnished.

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WOT tube line-stage – update

Some of the appealing things about Output Transformer coupling are :

  • In a line-preamp, only 1 tube stage is required – simplicity / transparency.
  • No second stage ‘cathode-follower’ output is required.
  • No DC-blocking, output coupling capacitor is required – less colouration.
  • Much better circuit ‘efficiency’ – much lower energy loss in the tube plate circuit (compared with resistor plate loading).
  • Thus, a smaller, more efficient PSU is possible.

(See previous post – WOT tube line-stage redux.)

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Concertgebouw – Amsterdam

My first visit to the Royal Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam on 21 May 2019.

The acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

The programme was:

  • M. Weinberg – Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, op. 47/1
  • Prokofjev – Piano Concerto No. 5, op. 55
  • Prokofjev – Vivo from Piano Concerto No. 5, op. 55 (encore)
  • Stravinsky – Firebird

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TECHNICS SL-1200/1210 – a hi-fi turntable? – Pt 2

After the previous first audition, I have high hopes for this Direct Drive turntable.

The sound was punchy, with good mid-range ‘presence’ and reasonably good treble quality (using an elliptical stylus cartridge).

But before we can listen seriously,, we need to fix the adjustable helicoid arm-height base, which has become difficult to rotate after so many years.

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PARIS in the spring-time

It’s been almost 40 years, and I had forgotten how beautiful is Paris in the spring-time.

In fine spring weather, few cities are as attractive and enjoyable to be in.

The consistency of architectural scale in the city.  Few modern cities in the world have controlled the height of their buildings, like Paris.

Additionally, the visual consistency of the ‘Paris limestone’ used for building construction over the centuries.

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