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by Richard Elen 21 August 2018
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01:  Photo of GRYPHON; David Oberle, Brian Gulland, Grahame Taylor, Richard Harvey, Philip Hestor  (Photo by Gems/Redferns)

As I not­ed pre­vi­ous­ly, there are some tech­ni­cal chal­lenges asso­ci­at­ed with recov­er­ing the record­ings of the band Gryphon that I made in July 1974 dur­ing their land­mark per­for­mance at the Old Vic. A notable prob­lem was the fact that there was a bass DI in the main PA mix (which was the basis for the […]

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Restoring an Ancient Gryphon

by Richard Elen 20 August 2018
Restoring an Ancient Gryphon

This month has seen the release of the new album by old friends of mine, Gryphon. The album, ReIn­ven­tion, is their first for 41 years: the band, re-formed and aug­ment­ed, though now with­out the pres­ence of co-founder Richard Har­vey, is poised, at the time of writ­ing, to per­form the new album in the Union Chapel. […]

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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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