Hell of horns

We love horns audio system. Here are some great horns pictures from fellow photographer Arko Datto from India. The setup look to be quiet troublesome but they must be highly rewarded for sure.

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Listening to “pizza”

We don’t enjoy  only music: even pizza…

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We call it : LH-2

LH-2 is the name of the spindle extension and corian platter. It came out really nice looking but especially it sound great in our Lenco’s.It is available to pubblic. Just go to the component page for details.

matt in corian per LencoCorian platter height is 12mm. This is just the minimun high that can make the all thing work. It is just 0,5mm. higher than the original Lenco spindle extension. This allow the original spindle to be housed in the new spindle extension.

matt in corian per LencoOn the right you see the natural rubber mat that match the original Lenco platter to the new corian platter. The rubber act as vibration absorber and an integral original -corian platter matching.

This is how it looks once mounted in some original L75:

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and now complete in another one:

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First batch is here

New spindle extension batch just arrived!! They are stainless cnc professional made. They can be mounted in an additional platter 12mm. minimun high. The spindle is fixed to the platter with just four screws. After it is assembled in the 12mm. platter the spindle usefull high is 25mm.

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There is a lot of space to mount every mat you want. Now I’m waiting for the corian platter to come.

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All new corianL75

A new Lencohell L75 is here. This is all corian plinth and stainless chassis. Those material together bring the L75 to really new class. The result is really fulfilling. The stage image is firmly just behind the speaker very solid,and deep, relaxed with lots of micro and macrodinamics, timing is great. Resolution, as a very good belt turntable,  powerful presence  as the best transcription table.

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The plinth is made of 5 panels of 12mm. black corian. Above them the 4mm. stainless turntable chassis and another corian panel is the top. The added mass  and stainless stiffness  bring down vibration and noise from the Lenco. It is about 25kg. turntable.

 

 

 

 

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To add more isolation to the transmission wheel we added a natural rubber mat coupled with a 12mm. corian mat . This was achieved with the custom production of a stainless spindle extension. This bring to us the possibilty to add at the original Lenco platter whatever you want.

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Above the plinth there is our own design Lenco chassis. The design is like the original but on a 4mm. stainless panel. The motor is installed on a separate island. The aim is to improve rigidity and isolation.

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A major upgrade : spindle extension with platter.

Verona, Italy 14/11/2016 mat convegno Photo by Giorgio Marchiori

During various listening session we had evidence of the mat’s importance with the turntable. We didn’t liked the original Lenco rubber mat, it has a kind of dampening effect.

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We tried different different mat : lead, leather , cork, latex, shellac. But the spindle height is a strong limitation for different material and thickness.

Verona, Italy 14/11/2016 mat convegno Photo by Giorgio Marchiori

Verona, Italy 14/11/2016 mat convegno Photo by Giorgio Marchiori

Our previous mat

In particular in our previous turntables we really loved the 10 and 25mm. thick graphite mat. But the Lenco’s spindle prevent us to use them. There are available spindle extension but they work only with a second Lenco’s platter. We didn’t like that solution so we looked for a different one.

This is our solution:

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We took a 12mm. corian or alluminium platter cnc machined with our own stainless spindle extension.

Verona, Italy 14/11/2016 mat convegno Photo by Giorgio Marchiori

Verona, Italy 14/11/2016 mat convegno Photo by Giorgio Marchiori

The work was pretty difficult due to the  low tollerances needed but when you put the spindle in the extension and than you take it out is clearly audible a pop like you uncork a bootle of wine!!

We installed the new platter, adjusted the VTA then we turned the player on and ….

well we really didn’t expect what we heard. It was a different record player, speed attach, lifelike, resolution all improved in a such a way we diyer didn’t expect in once. Just corian platter over the Lenco platter made such a big difference… we think the reason reside in the better  motor-wheel-cartridge isolation.

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Then we went crazy blending different material combination. I ended up with cork, alluminium platter , 10mm.graphite. My fellow is happy with latex and corian platter.

Verona, Italy 14/11/2016 mat convegno Photo by Giorgio Marchiori

Lenco seemed didn’t care about the weight increase, the speed remained perfect as before .

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Bearing update

In view of others upgrades we reinforced the original bearing and a new single pek piece as thrust plate.

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Now mounted

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Rusty Lenco

lMany of us still love vinyl. We have spent time and money to get the best turntable we could afford. Heavy plinths, platter, feet. Expensive tonearm and cartridges. And then belt, pulleys, dc motor, motor regulator supply, cables and on and on.

One day I went to a flea market and noticed a pretty bad condiction turntable but was different from usual consumer turntable. It was all metal with a heavy platter.

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Ok ok it was really bad, actually they were, infact  they were two. Probably they were a dj console. A fast web research showed a surprisingly high interest in this model, L75/S. Many people appreciate the speed stability of the player. This was of particular interest for me because, after my marriage ceased, my ex wife was permanently complianing about the ex my belt turntable stability. It was a very good player but it needed frequent speed check and small adjustments. For some people this is just too much.

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As a hard core diy audio fan I surfed the web to learn more about the Lencos and how to get the best from them. Here I have to mention Lencoheaven site as a formidable informations source. There you can find many valuable advise about the old Lencos turntables, especially B55, L70, L75 and 78.

First thing to do with a turntable that probably has more the 40 years is clean and lubrification servicing. What a joy to disassemble this swiss player. Everything were screwed, almost. No plastics all metal parts.

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At Lencoheaven you will find all the guide you need for maintenance.

But the chassis !! I have to repaint it or… make a new one!! Someone has already done something like it. He has made different interpretation of chassis plus two substantial innovations. He used a thicker stainless base and motor / bearing decoupling.

Very appealing. But I liked so much the original layout that I wanted to try to remake it plus the innovations already mentioned. The challenge was to use as much Lenco’s components as possible including on/off switch, speed regulation and brake mechanism. The arm lifter was excluded by purpose. Speed regulation limited to 33 and 45 but with minor change it can cover 16 and 78 too,

 

The target was easy to say but to make it on paper with the right accuracy has been hours consuming. I collected all the informations available and after one test the second shot has played records since.

 

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Here it was the prototype without plinth but with a temporary cover to ceck switch funcionality.

Now let’s have a look what’s underside:

The idler wheel in working position                       and here in stop position

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Now it’s time for the full dress, corian was chosen.

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My collague , yes we are two, didn’t want arm hole because he is using it with a Sme 3012.

So why not do a Lenco L75  12inch version! plus some more ideas.

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This time ipe´ wood was choose as plinth. That wood make a really heavy plinth.

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Now some stainless details                                                Brake and arm switch

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Underneath view with speed control lever           Idler wheel and arm

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Now the motor island

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The idler wheel in the rest position

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The cover is 12mm. thick alluminium

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Finally the turntable mounted.

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Please note the lower armboard  in order to accept my tall tonearm.

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This has been a really demanding project, the difficulties were not only to design the main boards but few stainless details that we had custom made from a lathe laboratory. That said once those parts are available all the rest is pretty easy job. The tool needed are screwdriver and wrench and few M3 and M4 screw. It is possible to go back anytime to the original Lenco frame. We compared it with standard L75 or heavy plinth L75 mount and we can  say that Lencohell player paid off all the time we spent on it. We consider it a remarkable upgrade from ordinary Lenco project.

 

24/09/16 update.

Today we tried a new approach to the idler wheel arm and speed slider approach. It is undoubtetly true the more the arm is mechanically isolated from the main board the better. Lenco did this in a couple of way: throw an elastic washer,

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or direct coupling with nothing betwen. Those works pretty well indded.                                                                                                                                                     Now came that I have a teflon sheet in hand, it is 4mm. thick so I have done few holes in it and I have reduced the center down to 1,5-2mm. This is how it looked before :

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and this is the new approach:

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We think this approach its worthwhile, doesn’t make night and day difference but you know, the stair goes to the top with many little step.

 

 

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LENCOHELL IS ALIVE

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