The CONSONANCE WAX Engine is a quite remarkable new turntable. There are more sensible design features that are beneficial to analogue playback in this turntable than those costing several times more.
Main bearing & Spindle
If you must have a bearing then it better be a good one. The Wax Engine features a stepped stainless steel spindle that encapsulates a ceramic ball at the business end. This rides on a teflon pad and with a few drops of oil provides a low friction surface. The spindle is housed in a brass housing. The spindle is relatively "short" which results in a platter with a low centre of gravity and as a result, rotation is notably free and stable.
The DC motor is a high quality Mabuchi with a patented DC servo supply.
The tonearm is a "unipivot" design which is not unique and although have known advantages also have well recognised problems. Rather than a "needle" point commonly used, Wax Engine features a proprietary low friction brass bearing in the horizontal mode and "pre loaded stainless" in the vertical. The arm tube is carbon fibre, terminated in a low mass headshell, antiskate is achieved by a rod and rider weight. A remarkable achievement in a tonearm at this price level.
All mounted on an aluminium "T" section chassis with isolation feet. A serious attempt to give the recordings their best shot.
Well it's been awhile since I've posted on the blog! I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season! Lots of improvements going on at the shop. New carpet!! New Paint, New goodies! I have the Neat Momentum 5i breaking in, Thöress integrated amp, A23 Ken's, Heed pre and mono blocks and a slew of new records!
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This past weekend I had the pleasure of demoing the Thöress FF pre and 845 mono blocks in Ft. Worth, Texas. My client wanted to hear them with his awesome Tannoy Westminster Royal SE speakers. I couldn't wait to hook them up! These are one of the Worlds best speakers! Would these 20 watt SET amps power these behemoths? You betcha! The THÖ / Tannoy combo proved to be an excellent match! If my shop weren't 700 square feet I'd get some in! Lots of folks came by to hear it. Everyone was in agreement that it was an amazing set-up. I have no doubt that Thöress is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the World of luxury tube amps. My client has quite a collection of the Worlds best amps, but the Thöress gear will be sitting front and center for years to come!
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My buddy Mike Flanigin plays a helluva good B3. His new record, The Drifter, is coming out soon, It's a literal "who's who" of Austin musicians. Even ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons is on it! How's that for street cred! It's already been declared #1 blues record on iTunes. Seriously! Buy this one. It don't suck! Check it out HERE