The beauty of analogue engineering ....
You just cannot but be amazed at the human effort that has been - and continues to be - invested in analogue engineering. Whatever the technical limitation of the analogue medium nothing digital beats the hands-on satisfaction of a turntable or reel-to-reel tape recorder.
One of my end-of-year tasks has been to load dozens of recent CDs containing professionally taken photos in and about Harbeth UK onto the server, and I've just rediscovered these beauties. My Thorens TD125 turntable, SM3009 S2 and fantastic Shure V15/111 cartridge. Basically the same system I had in the 70s, but originally using the Connoissuer BD2 turntable (kit) - remember that? - then the Thorens TD160. I bought the TD125 several years ago - it was my dream t/t when I was young.
Sheer pleasure of ownership. I cannot believe anything beats the V15/111 for neutrality and tracking ability.
Incidentally, I have not used the Studer 807 for at least a year. I turned it on this week to take use for the next part of the Anomolies of Analogue video talk. Unfortunately it does not seem to record although it plays OK. My two Studer 810s seem to have power supply problems and I'm just not sure who can service these and at a sensible price. This is one of the hidden problems with analogue: when it goes wrong it is very expensive to repair, assuming that you can find an expert.
Oh well, time to dust down my beautiful Telefunken M21. I hope that still works: I can barely lift it.
Alan A. Shaw
Harbeth Audio UK