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Old 13th Sep 2019, 8:43 pm   #1
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Hi latest edition to the collection. Dynatron Cavalcade, smoothing caps changed, mechanism greased and adjusted all controls cleaned, new mains light and an original set of sputnik legs. Sounds and looks fantastic.
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Old 14th Sep 2019, 9:57 am   #2
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What I like about these all-in-one units, is their mutual compatibity - leaving no room, or need, for tweaking. That Garrard autochanger is not exactly Hi Fi, the amplifer is not exactly Hi Fi, the speaker is not exactly Hi Fi. Yet put all together in one small box and it will sound just great. Well done!
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Old 14th Sep 2019, 10:29 am   #3
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Lovely work, Phil.

Is yours model GR10, transistorised, from c. 1966? In typical confusing Dynatron fashion, they used the Cavalcade name on several completely different machines over the years.

I have a Hacker RG16 "Serenade" (with the same Garrard deck as your Dynatron) in daily use in our living room, and in my study, a Dynatron GR4SA "Mazurka" which is very similar in styling to yours except the knobs are on the front rather than the side. Mine has the 4HF single-play deck. Both are all-valve.

These bigger, wood-finish machines seem to command much lower prices than Dansette lookalikes, which is a real bonus for people who want a decent all-in-one machine at minimal cost.

Yes, Edward, you're right. I've toyed around with my Hacker, fitting a SP25/IV, Shure M44E and RIAA pre-amp, but it sounded no better so I put it back to original spec.

The Sonotone cartridges in both the above had failed, so I replaced them with salvaged BSR SC12Ms tracking at 4g, and have been very pleased with the results, both on microgrooves and 78s.

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Old 15th Sep 2019, 3:41 pm   #4
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Thanks, yes it's a GR10S. I also have all the original instructions right down to the inspection ticket from the factory. Garrard couldn't be bothered to print instructions for the A.T.6 turntable so they included a small note (pictured)
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Old 15th Sep 2019, 9:19 pm   #5
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That's interesting. Garrard always offered very comprehensive booklets, especially for the model AT6 - and on all of their turntables. These are a matter of record.
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