Welcome to my ever evolving do it yourself (DIY) stereo page.
This all began because I'm one of those older guys that bought records
long before them shiny ceedee platters. Due to lack of room in my car,
I had to leave my poor turntable with my college roommate. So after
around 12 years with lots of vinyl and nothing safe to play it on, I
eventually got a Rega Planar 3 turntable.
Well I got an Ortofon MC25FL moving coil cartridge and my current
amp, a Sansui AU-217 didn't have an MC input. Using my casssette
recorder to boost the signal was kind of hissy. So I needed a new
phono preamp. A Curcio Sarah was that preamp. I built it myself,
and eventually it worked after sending it back to Curcio to repair.
I've learned a lot since then...
Thanks to some easier to build
products and a wonderful
I'm now addicted.
My current (always evolving)
consists of the following:
Rega Planar 3
turntable and an Ortofon MC25 FL cartridge
Electronic Tonalities Seduction
phono preamplifier with Stevens and Billington TX103 step-up
Custom heavily tweaked
Electronic Tonalities Foreplay
Onkyo R1 CD player (used as a transport) and a
DIY CS4397-based DAC
Tascam 220 Mk III cassette deck
single-ended 2A3 monoblocks
DIY X-Calibre rack
DIY interconnects made with Doc's magnet wire, teflon tubing
and Dayton locking RCA jacks (WBT clones). Also, 1 pair of
shielded Entwined cables from the MC step-ups to the Seduction
DIY braided CAT5 cable (biwired) speaker cables.
Click here for details
12 AWG solid core 3 braid house wire power cords