Archive for March, 2012

My final eBay listing

March 27, 2012

The turntable, EQ, transformer, and pre-amp are now listed on eBay. The Altec Lansing amplifier and Gray Research tonearm have both sold and shipped. The records will be picked up in a few weeks.

I feel like this is the end of an era, but I’m okay with it. I know my grandfather would be really happy with what I’ve done, how I’ve used everything, and what I’ve been able to get for it all.

I’m not sure when I’ll have time to post some more material, but I’ll try to get some up soon.

First item listed on eBay

March 18, 2012

I just listed my first piece of gear on eBay: the Altec Lansing A323-B amp. If you’re interested, you can see the listing here.

I’ve finally settled on how I will sell the rest. I’m going to list the tonearm by itself, then everything else as a package for local pickup only. I’ll post here as I get each listing up.

Edited to add: I’ve also just listed the Gray Research tonearm. You can see it here

It is finished!

March 17, 2012

I can hardly believe it, but I think I’m done with the digitizing! I may go back and do a few of the ones I skipped if I get the chance, but I’ve done everything that (a) was an actual program, (b) seemed historically significant or hard-to-find, or (c) otherwise caught my eye. The things I skipped were all records that my mom confirmed were most likely copied from commercial recordings. Apparently he worked the day shift on Sundays for a while; there were no live shows so he had a bit of time on his hands. Almost every week, he’d come home with a record or two that he’d made from the WJR libraries during his shift. This would have been in the late 1950s to early 1960s.

I’m now ready to part with the records and the gear. I’ve got a place for the records (actually, a plan A and a plan B) and will be listing the gear on eBay very soon. Just in case anyone’s interested, I’ll post here with a link once it’s listed.

Preparations for our move are in full swing, but if I get a chance I’ll put some new programs up. I’ve been able to confirm that we should have a good internet connection in Thailand, so I will still be able to continue posting music after we move. Thanks for sticking with me!

Back in business!

March 3, 2012

It seems like there was a problem with the new stylus I’d put in. I’m not sure, but I think maybe it was a little bent so it was touching part of the cartridge where it shouldn’t have been. I did a bunch of playing around today and everything seems to be good again. I’m still using that new stylus but I straightened it out and so far, no hum/rumble. I’ve tested it compared to the old stylus and to another new stylus, and it sounds way better than either. That’s actually a bit of a bummer, since I was planning to use the other new stylus once this one wears out.

Does anyone have a source for type 500-S25 styli? In the past I didn’t have any trouble finding them, but when I tried a few weeks ago I had no luck at all. I ended up having to get a diamond stylus instead of sapphire. When I just tried it out compared to either my old, worn out sapphire tip or the new (formerly messed-up but now good) sapphire tip, the diamond one sounded pretty awful. I suppose it would still be better than nothing, but I’d love to be able to get the right kind again.

As a progress update, as I write this I’m recording disc #155.  I have 101 16″ records left. I may skip some of them, as it looks like they might be what we’d now call mixtapes. If it’s obvious that the material on them is just copied from commercial records that are available elsewhere I won’t waste my time with them. I’m sure there will also be a few that aren’t playable due to condition problems. In addition to the 16″ records there are 24, 12″ records (at least some of which are  78s) and two 10″.

So I’m making progress, but still have a way to go. Now that the player’s working again I should be able to pick up the pace.