Audiostar's braso de kamagong

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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby dieya! » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:17 pm

Great!!! :rock:
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby JoeyGS » Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:09 pm

Advance congratulations Val. We will be waiting for the next audio session and witness the wrath of Mandy's arm :rock:
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby teamdriver » Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:48 pm

ang galing nmn,ang ganda! congrats sir..:)
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby hypertriode » Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:48 pm

more braso de kamagong pics.

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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby pigdog » Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:29 pm

noted the seamless white background used! looks like somebody here knows how to do a proper product shot!
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby Gaucho » Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:36 am

Nice one Val. Enjoy your new toy from mandym!
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby audiostar » Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:32 am

Thanks guys and special thanks to Rene for posting additional photos :)
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby Jon Agner » Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:54 am

Val,

Di ka mapakali ano :devil: :devil: :devil: Excited ba? :D :D :D :D
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby JAA » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:25 pm

Excellent craftsmanship! :clap: :clap: Congrats to Sir Mandy and to the deserving owner, Val! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby audiostar » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:34 pm

Jon Agner wrote:Val,

Di ka mapakali ano :devil: :devil: :devil: Excited ba? :D :D :D :D


Istorbo nga trabaho, I have to finish a lot of paperworks within the week :(
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby audiostar » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:34 pm

JAA wrote:Excellent craftsmanship! :clap: :clap: Congrats to Sir Mandy and to the deserving owner, Val! :clap: :clap:

May se-setup na naman tayo pre :D
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby audiostar » Sat May 09, 2009 6:26 pm

After the long wait, we were able to agree on a convenient date to set up the kamagong tonearm that master Mandy custom built for me. The Shure M97 cartridge has been waiting to be mounted on the arm, and the excitement on how the arm and the cart would match up has been been killing me. Master Mandy came on time; and waiting for him was my personal technician George Co whom I requested to come over to assist in whatever he can, in what I thought to be a tedious, difficult task. It was not to be.

Off the box....

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Master Mandy proceeded to get the job done

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Assisted by my personal technician, George Co ....

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Done in less than an hour .....

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Singing beautifully. Engaging, alluring, hayyy sarapppp!!!!

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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby pigdog » Sat May 09, 2009 7:23 pm

one of the key features of mandy's arm is the reponsiveness to minor adjustments. at least with my purpose built wooden arm. have you tried raising and lowering the vta and playing with the azimuth?
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby mandym » Sat May 09, 2009 10:18 pm

Whew. I just got back from setting up Val's braso de Kamagong, a jolly good get-together at Jack's and a wedding anniversary (14th) dinner with my wife. Before my memory dims, I'd like to write my impressions about Val's system when we had set up the kamagong arm.

1. The soundstage, as far as the orchestra and audience are concerned is among the best I have ever heard. Very resolving (even chair creaks were very audible on the Belafonte at Carnegie Hall track of Day-O). I NEVER heard them before in my system. Detailed but not harsh. HIGH RES WITHOUT STRESS!
2. I found Belafonte to be a bit forward and the voice could be a bit more holographic. This resulted in a "disconnect" between the singer and the orchestra, as if they were recorded separately. I would want to figure this out because this seems to be the only nitpicking (based on my personal preferences) I could muster. It is not that the vocal presentation is bad, it's simply that the orchestral imagery is so good, so very very good!
3. My real head-shaker was when we compared the sounds between the Braso with a P4,000 Shure MM and his regular tonearm with a P140,000 ZYX MC cart. The differences were in the realm of the MAYBE. Heck, for a price difference of P136,000 I'd say the difference better be a lot more definite than maybe! Is Val's system not good enough to bring out the differences? Maybe, but I honestly don't think so. I found his system to be on par with the best systems I've had the good fortune to enjoy. They are pleasant and addictive and challenging! Now, if I can only tweak my system so I can hear those infernal chair creaks... :) :) :) .

Is it the Kamagong arm then? Do I write this because I made the arm? Valid questions that I can't or rather not answer. There will always be cynics and believers, I will leave it at that.
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby Superman » Sat May 09, 2009 10:19 pm

CONGRATULATIONS, Marvic Sotto! :D
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby stereophile » Sun May 10, 2009 5:40 am

Val- Congratulations on your acquisition of an analog masterpiece from MandyM! :clap: :clap: :clap:

MandyM- Congratulations on another excellently crafted gem from your dungeon! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby randybarba » Sun May 10, 2009 5:56 am

Congratulations pareng Val and Mandy. I must listen to this anytime soon :)
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby pigdog » Sun May 10, 2009 7:04 am

watching mandy at work is always a learning experience, i must admit, that i learned to set up my tonearm just by watching him at work and Mandy always stressed the importance of setting up the speakers first before setting up the arm. congratulations on your new arm Val and welcome to the exclusive club!
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby TheAnalogSource » Sun May 10, 2009 7:08 am

what are we waiting for?

OPLAN!!! OPLAN!!! OPLAN!!!!


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congrats val!!! :) :)
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Re: Audiostar's braso de kamagong

Postby pigdog » Sun May 10, 2009 7:27 am

val i think i shall invite myself at your place the next time i am in manila!
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