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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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