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The resur­gence of Vinyl has given a new lease of life to many turntable man­u­fac­tur­ers of yes­ter­year, with com­pa­nies such as Rega, Thorens and Linn ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a re­turn to the good old days.

The com­pany that has reaped the great­est ben­e­fit is a rel­a­tive new­comer, Pro-Ject Au­dio. Be­gin­ning in the 1990s the phi­los­o­phy be­hind Pro-Ject was to bring high-end vinyl per­for­mance to the midrange mar­ket. A good ex­am­ple of this is the Pro-Ject ‘Clas­sic’ turntable (shown above), which we cur­rently have on special for $995 plus car­tridge. This turntable, which re­tails for $1,695, of­fers great per­for­mance for an achiev­able price. This ap­proach is ob­vi­ously work­ing, as Pro-Ject is now the big­gest sell­ing turntable brand in the world.

Pro-Ject of­fers a for­mi­da­ble range of turnta­bles, and most of them have just been up­graded. We carry mod­els rang­ing from the Pri­mary E sell­ing for $349 in­clud­ing car­tridge through to the Sig­na­ture 10 at $8,800 – plus car­tridge.

One of the high­lights of the range is the De­but Car­bon En­durance (be­low left), which has been fit­ted with an Orto­fon 2M Red car­tridge. This com­bi­na­tion sells for $750, and at the mo­ment comes with a free re­place­ment sty­lus val­ued at $130. This is an ex­cep­tion­ally good turntable for the money, and the of­fer of the free sty­lus makes it a very at­trac­tive buy.

An­other stand­out is the 2Xpe­ri­ence ($2,000rrp) which is avail­able with the Orto­fon 2M Bronze car­tridge ($600rrp) for $2,200 com­plete.

Drop in and have a look at what Pro-Ject has to of­fer. I am sure we can cater for al­most any bud­get or re­quire­ments that you have. As this resur­gence of vinyl con­tin­ues, old records are be­ing pulled out of storage and put on the plat­ter only to cake up the sty­lus with years of gunk and mould. The Kir­muss KA-RCM-01 record cleaner is fast be­ing ac­cepted as an es­sen­tial ad­di­tion to any se­ri­ous vinyl col­lec­tion, and Len Wal­lis Au­dio has been ap­pointed the ex­clu­sive re­tail out­let in NSW. Ul­tra­sonic clean­ing tech­nol­ogy has proven to be one of the most effective forms of restor­ing a record to its best pos­si­ble per­for­mance. The Kir­muss has three strate­gi­cally lo­cated ul­tra­sonic gen­er­a­tors in the base of a large water basin, gen­er­at­ing three ul­tra­sonic waves os­cil­lat­ing at 35kHz. This cre­ates ‘cav­i­ta­tion’; mi­cro­scop­i­cally small bub­bles which burst on con­tact with the record. This col­laps­ing ac­tion dis­lodges then pushes the con­tam­i­nants away from the sur­face of the ma­te­rial be­ing cleaned.

De­signed and built in the US, this unit can clean both sides of two 33.3rpm LPs, one 78rpm and one 45rpm sin­gle at the same time. It uses no chem­i­cals other than a cap­ful of iso­propanol al­co­hol, and at $1,799 is priced well un­der most other qual­ity clean­ers.

Mark Dohmann, ar­guably the most re­spected turntable ex­pert in Aus­tralia, is the im­porter of the KA-RCM-01 and be­lieves “The Kir­muss out­per­forms other clean­ers on the mar­ket that cost three times as much, while it has fewer mov­ing parts and is sig­nif­i­cantly more reliable.”

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