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Old 12th February 2010, 11:41 AM   #1
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Default Anybody tried Electra Print step-up ?

Did someone try the Electra Print step-up transformers ?

I have a limited budget and looking at building my own turntable, using an old Technics SL-1200 or SL-2000 donor (SL-10,15 or 25 if I am lucky, Thorens 125). Any other suggestions ?
A friend suggested the Denon DL-103 MC cartridge and it has good reviews + it is in my price range.
I have a Decware Taboo with only a CD source. So no preamp yet. I am planning to build a Jadis JP-80 clone but I will need to get from 0.3mv to around 5mv in order to connect to the phono stage in the JP-80.
One option is step-up transformers and I started to look at options. Many are around $500 each and more. Some companies offer cheap options, but there is little information about them or results.
What about the Electra Print step-ups ?
I am sure I will move to many other phono projects in the future ... Is this a good start? Any suggestions ?
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Old 12th February 2010, 11:48 AM   #2
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Electra Print are $85 each.
Lundahl LL1678 at $75 each.
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Old 13th February 2010, 01:31 PM   #3
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The cinemag suts are known to work very well with the DL103, there's a large user base of them on the asylum.
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Old 13th February 2010, 02:56 PM   #4
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Thanks "d to the g".

I did not find it before, but you are right, there is a lot of people giving them good reviews. They are also in my price range Just saw them on ebay for $80 each.
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Cinemags are ~$50 each direct from the factory, if I recall correctly.
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Old 13th February 2010, 05:02 PM   #6
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I don`t know if i got it right, but here is a versatile and easily built mc step-up.
Transistors are still available at LC audio.
This circuit can be made to fit inside the turntable if wanted.
And it sounds damn good.
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Old 13th February 2010, 05:58 PM   #8
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Thanks Pdul,

I am not a transistor guy (prefer tubes), but it looks simple enough and cheap enough to try it
My plan was to install the set up transformers inside the turntable, somewhere under the arm. I did not look at a recipe to build a plinth, but that's the next thing in the to-do list. I will probably use a sandwich russian plywood and UHMW (Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene).
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I don`t know how it measures regarding distortion etc. But i know that whenever i am
using something else, i miss it, " that clear sound of the singers nipples scratching against the shirt without drowning in noise"
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Thanks Pdul,

I am not a transistor guy (prefer tubes), but it looks simple enough and cheap enough to try it
My plan was to install the set up transformers inside the turntable, somewhere under the arm. I did not look at a recipe to build a plinth, but that's the next thing in the to-do list. I will probably use a sandwich russian plywood and UHMW (Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene).
Hi
most my audio transformers are from Electric Print Audio, some are custom made, Jack can do for your request. I prefer transformer step up sound better than high gain phono amp sound. especially with silver wound one but expensive. one thing you should care it will pick up hum easy, under the turn table is not the good position, better close to the in-put of the amp's tube and can be turned in 360 degree to find the point of less noise
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