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Inside a Telefunken S600 Belt-Drive Turntable

by Richard Elen 3 November 2016
Inside a Telefunken S600 turntable

In which I repair the arm on a Tele­funken S600 turntable — an Orto­fon AS-212 like that I pre­vi­ous­ly put on the Lenco L75 — and get the turntable to do 78.

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Modifying an Idler Turntable

by Richard Elen 11 October 2016
Modifying an Idler Turntable

One of my activ­i­ties is trans­fer­ring archive music library mas­ter tapes to dig­i­tal, so they can be made more wide­ly avail­able again. This is not always straight­for­ward, and it’s some­times nec­es­sary to trans­fer excerpts from disc if the mas­ter tape is dam­aged in some way. To do this requires a decent vinyl play­back sys­tem. This arti­cle is about how I put one togeth­er.

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Gryphon At Bilston

by Richard Elen 12 September 2016
Gryphon At Bilston

Just over a year after see­ing the re-formed Gryphon at The Sta­bles near Mil­ton Keynes, I was lucky enough to catch them live at the Robin 2, a cav­ernous West Mid­lands venue some­what rem­i­nis­cent of some­where like the Sta­tion Inn in Nashville, in one of a short series of live gigs cul­mi­nat­ing in a per­for­mance at the gor­geous Union Chapel.

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Gryphon at The Stables

by Richard Elen 3 August 2015
Gryphon at The Stables

A review of the May 13th, 2015 per­for­mance by Gryphon at The Sta­bles, Mil­ton Keynes, part of their “None the Wis­er” tour.

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An Electric Car (at least part of the time…)

by Richard Elen 26 April 2015
An Electric Car (at least part of the time…)

How we took the plunge and pur­chased a hybrid elec­tric vehi­cle – and why we made the choice we made. And some ini­tial run­ning expe­ri­ences.

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Solar panels — a year on

by Richard Elen 25 April 2015
Solar panels — a year on

About the instal­la­tion of our solar pan­els in June 2014 — rather late writ­ing about it, but there you go!

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Compliments of the season!

by Richard Elen 18 December 2014

Our Christ­mas e-card this year. We wish you a great hol­i­day sea­son and a peace­ful and hap­py 2015!

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The Traveller’s Guide to Sacred Scotland

by Richard Elen 4 November 2014
The Traveller’s Guide to Sacred Scotland

We’re pleased to be able to tell you about the new book from our friend Mar­i­an­na Lines. An author­i­ty on ancient sites, espe­cial­ly in Scot­land where she lives, Mar­i­an­na is also a tal­ent­ed artist. Her book is avail­able now from all the usu­al places, includ­ing your local book­store and those online peo­ple who don’t pay […]

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Poetry at Relay for Life

by Richard Elen 1 August 2013
Poetry at Relay for Life

A piece of Shake­speare I record­ed for the Relay for Life of Sec­ond Life Lumi­nar­ia Cer­e­mo­ny cov­er­age for inclu­sion in a series of read­ings with music. I laid one of my two read­ings to music as a sep­a­rate enti­ty, and here it is.

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What is authenticity?

by Richard Elen 1 February 2013
What is authenticity?

What do we mean by “authen­tic” when it comes to record­ed sound? When we make a record­ing, what kind of expe­ri­ence should we be try­ing to give the lis­ten­er? The orig­i­nal sound in the con­cert-hall (if there was one)? Or what was heard in the con­trol room when they played back the mas­ter and signed it off? What is the “clos­est approach to the orig­i­nal sound”? Indeed, what do we mean by “The orig­i­nal sound”?

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