Just deck ergonomics? EMT 927 and its hidden secrets

A turntable is just a spinning platter with a tone arm, yes? And a tone arm is just an arm plus cartridge with a lifter to help things, correct?

I have played with the likes of Davinci, Fidelity Research, SME, SAEC, Rega, Linn…long list…and what always got to me was the somewhat flimsy awkwardness of arm lifts, the delicate attention to move the head shell, the not always even and smooth dropping of the lifter once activated. Then at the end of the record…do it all again the other way around…

Then I met the “EMT” way…be it the 930, 950 or whatever and obviously within the keeping of this blog the “almighty” 927 (or R80).

You have onboard features that enable rapid, riskless playing….I like to use the expression “spin, drop and play”…Oh yes  I am not an audiophile who will seek the record and track  that rings all the bells…no I just grab a bunch of records and eat my way through them. Some may be tempted to assimilate this with a somewhat philistine approach to music! But all the same the ergonomics of the deck have become an essential part of this approach. I met my “partner” with the EMT approach. Yes other broadcasting decks do it and having had the Sony PS-X9 (http://www.thevintageknob.org/sony-PS-X9.html) I can attest that it is just not quite the same…

So here are the key features:

Lifter, super smooth and you can feel the movement.


Light: to illuminate the record, enable to see clear and crystal the exact spot the needle will drop thanks also to the magnifier lens on front of the TSD


Needle position indicator for those dark low light romatic evening…

Brake: Stops the platter even at 78…and the green light tells you that also!


Curves/mono/stereo selector: wow just dial and go….real cool (yes the 139st is a great phono stage…)


On/off: Solid positive…German?


Speed selector: same as on off…the pressure seems juts “perfect”

Cartridge holder/45 adaptor: This is a must if you play all those various formats, no fuss storage of the precious needles…


Or perhaps in the end it is late and you want to listen with headphones….yes it has that too…..oh this is just the modern mans deck….and as my blogger partner has just posted about headphone….all speed ahead!

Big "Very Big" Horns in the Home enviroment

There seems to be a lot of buzz and talk about the large Western Electric Horns, some saying they should not be used in anything less than a theater, others stating that the glue used in the originals give a better sound…the talk goes on and on…but many of those making the comments have no such system they live with; they have at best random experinences on which they feel that universal comments can be made…well I had to get my own hands on experience of the 16a versus the 15a debate. I have had a good share of listening WE horns in various installations around the world. Some very good others not that good. What I have learnt enables a decent appreciation of what thay can and cannot do. But it takes a long while to get things setup just like any high caliber system. So I am am now on a 15a setup period to see what can be made of them, and in the end the values of the 15a versus the 16a…I have at hand two amps, Single end and Push Pull (300b WE tubes), two preamps, passive preamp, and all the caps and coils it takes for the xover (even if my favour goes to series…) and needless to say adequate power supply for the feild coils and upstream sources that suite the challenge. This setup is 15a with original 555 drivers, 597a tweeters from GIP,  WE4181a 18″ field coil woofers, Tunger power supply, full range, 6db on top and bottom, WE300b single end (WE171a tx’s), EMT 139a phono and EMT927 turntable.