Digs of a different variety .:Feb 10 10:.
Lately I've been spending my daily lunch hours at the J-O doing some record digging at the not-so-local thrift stores around northern SD. I've been lucky enough to get some decent pieces here or there, but one spot a couple weeks ago had a particularly great find that wasn't wax. Peep the pic below:
This is a Yamaha YP-211 belt-drive turntable from the '80s. It is similar to the popular Marantz 6100 deck (the manufacturer rebadged similar decks for Yammie, Marantz, Pioneer, and Sansui). The unit has some killer looks, but sound-wise it isn't very impressive compared to the DJ-standard Technics 1200 mk2. I guess I'm a direct-drive kinda guy at the end of the day.
It was a bit dusty when I got it, but it did clean up pretty well and seemed to be well cared for after wiping off the dust. A few more glamor shots:
The stock headshell is pretty nice too, weighs in at around 11 grams or so, and includes a screw that lets you adjust stylus azimuth. These are features you'd find on pricier headshells.
I'm probably going to let the deck go on the good ole popular auction site, but I'm really tempted to keep the headshell! It looks ill on the Yammie deck (completing the package), and it doesn't match up with the looks of the Technics deck, so most likely it will be kept with the deck. Yes, I'm vain like that.
Ok, Yammie deck aside, the real treasure from this particular dig is the needle that came installed on it. I didn't really care about getting the deck unless I got this along with it:
This is a Shure V-15 Type III cartridge with the top-of-the-line microridge stylus, probably from the late '80s as well. A very sought-after combination for audio geeks. This stuff isn't made any more, so scoring the combo can be a rare occurrence and can be expensive when you do. So, call it a case of "right place, right time" for this one, because I got both the Yammie deck and the cartridge for cheap! muaHAHAHA!
I've been giving the cartridge some serious spins this past week. My wax never sounded so sweet.
I've been on a hi-fi audio kick for the past few months, so this was a stellar find for my young collection of cartridges. One of these days I'll do a writeup on hi-fi from the indie sampling artist perspective (read: doing it on the cheap), so stay tuned.
V Day's Mood Music for the 2010! .:Feb 05 10:.
This Valentine's Day, make sure you're bumpin that sexy mood music mix CDs by my fams FELT ONE (www.djfelt1.tumblr.com)- "Love Jones Vol. 1", DJ HEKTIK "For You, Love Hektik" and of COURSE yours truly -"Poked In The Eye By Love". All titles available this Valentine's Day (and MAYBE sooner) at www.FreshCrate.com, Armory (803 F Street between 8th & 9th 619.238.8151) and www.AccessHipHop.com WORD UP!!!
Romali .:Feb 03 10:.
The Bug Out Final Battle .:Feb 03 10:.
Got to DJ "The Bug Out" last weekend and here's a clip from the FINAL round. Cros and Riz wanted hip hop so that's what I pulled out for the finale. Big up all the homies who came through, esepcially the homies Lil Rock and Vietnam for making the trip back to the Six One Nina... Also, big ups Rock & ATN and of course my fams KING SASO and SUMO for making it to the finals. ENJOY!
DJ Revise .:Feb 03 10:.
What has always amazed me about Hawaii is that EVERYONE can scratch. Like FOR REAL FOR REAL! When cats out there say they DJ... they REALLY DJ!!! Even the most unsuspecting looking cat can kill it on the cut. Either way, my fam DJ Revise just posted this video and so i decided to share. Big up REVISE, YOGURT, LIZ, STU, PANCHO, CASS, FEL, SPEL, SAKU, JIMMY TACO, THE NSK FAM, LIGHTSLEEPERS, PROTOTYPE, EXCLUSIVE and ALL our peeps out that way... WAYYYY too many to name...