So many exciting things have been progressing here at the shop! I'm not sure where to start.  I've been neglecting the blog in favor of Facebook because I got lazy.  Sorry about that.  I didn't know anyone actually read this thing until I stopped doing a weekly Hi-Fi Honey and folks got upset! So why am I sitting in bed writing this at 5:30am?  One, because I'm old and two, because I can't wait to get this new amp in!


The 508 is the newest integrated from Line Magnetic.  It uses 805 tubes for power, 300B for driver stage and 6SN7 for the pre amp. It's got a bit more grunt than the 518 at around 47 watts.  I think it will play nicely with many speakers. The VU meters double as bias meters and it will come in black.


Rocky Mountain Audio Fest! October 7 – 9

My lovely wife Donna and I will be in room 4010. I'm really excited to be showing a full THÖRESS system! On hand will be the Phono Entzerrer phono pre amp, Füll Fünction pre amp, 845 SET mono blocks, F2a11 8 watt integrated amp and their newest integrated amp. Front end is a Sperling turntable with Fuuga cartridge. Swisscables throughout.  Lots of really well curated records and a "Happy Hour" at 5pm on Friday and Saturday!  Don't be a stranger!


photo by Norman Tracy




I moved my hi-fi shop here 13 years ago from 'The Drag"! The Pedernales was the very first new build / mixed use on the East Side of Austin. I remember people coming in and asking me why in the hell I moved over here? I told them because it was affordable and in 10 years it will be insane. So here we are! The mixed use building across the street is nearly framed in. I'm hoping for Chinese take-out or a decent restaurant / bar. We'll see... fingers crossed.

The parking situation is going to be horrible. I mean MORE horrible. There are literally thousands of people moving here in the next few months I expect the city will throw up some parking meters at any time.

On that note, I've been thinking I need to offer different hours at the shop. My favorite time is Happy Hour! So, why not have Happy Hour at the shop? Instead of sitting on I-35 for an hour, come here and hang out! You won't have to use your lunch hour or wait until Saturday to come visit!

The new hours starting next week will be:

Monday: by appointment
Tuesday: by appointment
Wednesday: 3-7pm HAPPY HOUR!
Thursday: 3-7pm HAPPY HOUR!
Friday: 11-5
Saturday: 11-5
Sunday: CLOSED

Let's try it for a few months! I think it's gonna be a lot of fun!

Remember the best way to experience the shop is by appointment! I can also buzz you into the parking lot. win win.


I'd be lying if I didn't tell you I shed a tear when Rega dropped the P2 from their turntable arsenal years ago. It was replaced with the RP1. Don't get me wrong, the RP1 is a great starter turntable and the best option in it's price class. Add the "upgrade kit" and you're at the price of a P2. What's it got that the RP1 doesn't? A lot! For another $230, the P2 has a classic Rega glass platter and a seriously good tonearm. The new RB220 tonearm takes off where the RB250 left off. I've seen $10K turntables using a RB250. See below? The head shell and tapered arm are one cast piece. This is essentially what put Rega on the map 40+ years ago. There aren't any pesky anti skate weights hanging off fishing line that you'll no doubt lose. Also, the pulley is metal, not plastic. It's a big step up. I still service thirty year old Planar 2's. Mostly, new 24v motor upgrades. Proof their owners keep them!

So here's what I'm gonna do!

Anyone who has purchased a RP1 (and wants to take it to the next level) will get $225 credit with your trade in towards ANY new Rega turntable. This will also enable people to get into a used RP1 at a discount.


I should have a few P2 in the next few weeks. If you'd like to place a pre order, it wouldn't be a bad idea. I think these will be a huge success. Again.
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