"PoW wOw" at Zenn Audio
(contributed by fellow forumer, Ericssan.)
All that is written here are purely my (Ericssan's) personal opinions.
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Write-up on PowWow @Gab's shop on 24th Jun 2000
I've the privilege to go down to GAb'shop to listen to his TTs (turntables),
Zenn stuff and Elgarhorns!!! okie.. I hope u're interested to know wat
happened. Well.. I also brought down a digicam and capture some of the
actions and tweaks!
Horny picked me up near the Tanah Merah MRT and brought me into the Simpang
Bedok Neighbourhood. We met up with Nightfly and met a hearty Muslim Chicken
Rice. We traded ideas ranging from turntables, tone-arms, stylus, cartridges,
resistors, tubes, horns, musicality and second-hand hifi stuff. Well being
a vinyl newbie, I asked numerous questions on LP setup. Thanks to Nightfly
for the lunch, Horny & I promised to treat him lunch next time round.
We adjourned to Gab's shop and I was immediately caught by the size and
appearance of Elgarhorns. Well... I have seen a Chinese article on Gab's
shop and products... therefore I expect to them there. But I was surprised
to find some CD Players there as I heard that there will not be any CDP
there! He was pushing his used 211 tube power amp to his Zenn preamp...
During our 3.5 hours stay there... we alternate between small box cheapo
spkers placed on his specially-designed spkr stands and the Elgarhorns,
LP setup and a CDP that is tube-modified.
Never in my humble life have I heard so many LPs ... I was spoilt. From
jazz, classical, pop to even a rare CHinese 10" LP. I was mesmorised.
Horny was particulary drawn to the LP "American Pie by Don McCleen".
(sorrie for wrong spelling)... I kissed goodbye to my CaiQing's "Chi
Chi De Deng" when I heard Lin Dai sing the same number over LP.
I learnt that to get into LP ... I do not need to spend a bomb. If I dun
mind abt getting a old-used tt with tone-arm.. I could still enjoy great
musicality. I learnt what is truly 'musical'. When I could ignore the
imperfect background of recording and be drawn into the muzik... truly
Tweak time. Learnt about two tweaks from Gab. Will share with all of u
prominent of all are the Elgarhorns.
GAb (Gabriel, "boss" of Zenn Audio) is using a used 211 tube
driven byhis zenn preamp. He has a modified Regar TT and a modified tube
Most surprised to find a CD player there.
gang that were present @PowWow.
(from L-R): Nightfly, Horny Joe and GAb. Well..ericssan
is supposed to be at the director's chair.
look at the setup. Wow.. look at the glorious
glow of the 211 tubes.
pic of Gab putting on yet another LP for us to enjoy.
view of setup... look at the luxurious TT
in the foreground..
look at the modified CDP. Notice that GAb
applies Black magic on the platter... the tubes are
on the right..
(Jason: That looks like a statmat to me on the
time: Gab shared on the DIY sesmic sink. Use an empty
TT cover .. overturn it and fill it with fine sand. Then place
a piece of wood, preferably ebony or better still maple, on top.