Oh boy! New toy!
UPS finally managed to deliver (there was some doubt there for a day) my new analog front end. To wit: one TW Acustic Raven AC-3, a TW Acustic Raven 10.5 tonearm, an Ortofon Windfeld cartridge and a Thoress Raven phono stage.
Setup took about 90 minutes because I’m slow. That plinth weighs about 875lbs. Holy crap.
That Raven 10.5 tonearm is a jewel. In fact, everything is. Look and feel is extremely upscale. Everything is machined to such a level, it’s like playing with the insides of a mechanical Swiss watch.
At this point, I think it’s all ready to go. Azimuth is more or less correct. VTA is more or less correct. Everything could probably be tweaked, but the setup is now music-ready, I think.
Cued up a couple of demo tracks and … [insert big, fat, happy grin here].