Kuzma Stabi turntable & Stogi tonearm Guy Lemcoe's System

Sidebar 1: Guy Lemcoe's System

Before the Kuzma arrived, my analog reference was a fully tweaked Well Tempered Turntable and the superlative Roksan Shiraz MC cartridge. In the course of this review, I also had occasion to listen to two new entries in the under-$1000 MC cartridge sweepstakes: the Dynavector Karat 17D2 Mk.II and the Benz-Micro Glider. Since I'm currently in the middle of a survey of phono preamps, I had a variety on hand from which to choose: Ensemble's Phonomaster, Rotel's RHQ10, Sonic Frontiers' SFP-1 Signature, and, most recently, Michael Yee Audio's PFE-1. I relied heavily on the SFP-1 Signature for my evaluation of the WTT Fountainhead base, so used it for initial comparison purposes. Subsequently, the majority of my listening for this review was done with either Ensemble's Phonomaster or Michael Yee Audio's PFE-1.

For the past year and a half, my reference electronics have been Ensemble's extraordinary Virtuoso preamplifier and Corifeo stereo power amp (footnote 1). In recent months, I've also put into service Rotel's high-end stereo power amps, the RHB10 and RHB05, and their RHC10 passive controller. My entire system is wired with TARA Labs' new RSC Master Gen.2 interconnect and speaker cable, although Synergistic Research's Alpha Sterling interconnect, of which I've just gotten samples, threatens to displace it (footnote 2).

Loudspeakers used were Bright Star Audio Altair Pros, Thiel CS1.5s, or Unity Audio Signature 3s. The only room-treatment products I use in my 11' by 12' acoustically challenged listening/living room (footnote 3) are a pair of Deluxe RoomTunes to control early side-wall reflections, four CornerTunes, and four EchoTunes. (In case you were wondering, the ClampRack is located in a corner of my bedroom with the preamp outs going through the wall to the amp, which sits on a shelf between the loudspeakers.)

The only other accessories I used were a couple of Bright Star Audio's Little Rocks, a Little Rock II, and a Big Rock III.—Guy Lemcoe

Footnote 1: The synergy between these products and the rest of my reference system is so good that I'm hesitant to make a change anytime soon. And, yes, you'll read about them—soon!

Footnote 2: This stuff sells for less than half the price of TARA Labs' best. Its performance not only continues to impress me as it ages in the system, but presents a strong challenge to all of the other, much costlier cables I've used in recent months.

Footnote 3: With the recent introduction of RoomTune's Mini-TunePak, which is designed for treatment of smaller rooms, I can now compare the sonic effects of the original, larger room-acoustic treatments to their smaller counterparts. I have therefore requested a Mini-TunePak from Ultra Systems, Inc., and will do a Follow-Up on my findings.

Kuzma Audio Komponente
Elite Audio Video Distribution
PO Box 93896
Los Angeles, CA 90093-0896
(323) 466-9694

ken mac's picture

That is my turntable. Some 15 years and running....great...

spacehound's picture

Its only fault is that it wasn't made in a small garden shed using only a hammer and a hacksaw by someone your friends have never heard of, so it lacks 'HiFi' cred :):)

johnnythunder's picture

non-artisanal components from the 70s and 80s. Personally, I'm in the market for a new TT and the Technics is on my must audition list. I can't seem to find a bad review out there.

volvic's picture

I would go for the new Technics 1200G, as I have said numerous times on these pages, I have heard it and can't stop thinking about it. Sadly (well not really) I bought an SME10 and after searching long and heard also found an LVIII MK2 Ittok for my Linn so for now my shopping has come to a halt. I do have the older 1200 and will put an SMEIV on it but if I were you I would run and get that Technics - I was very impressed. Not that the Stogi is bad either, fantastic table as well, but that Technics....

spacehound's picture

Which was before CDs appeared, I nearly bought a Stogi.

But all these 'skeleton' turntables, lacking both a base and a dust cover are totally impractical in the real world, which has dust, dogs, flies dead and alive, and curious cats in it.

Sure you can make or buy a cover that covers the entire thing but then you are looking at a 'lash up' all day.

volvic's picture

Dust goes everywhere, I have an SME10 without cover and yes it attracts dust but so too does my Technics 1200 and LP12 both with dustcovers. In Manhattan dust is everywhere. Just buy a ginko cover for these skeleton plinth tables and you're all set.

Richard Thorens's picture

The plinth design reminds me of Soul lines "Elgar DCX" http://www.soulines.com/elgar-dcx @spacehound, I just got these custom vibration isolation feet for my son's technics 1210, and they worked great, https://mnpctech.com/turntable-feet-replacement-isolation/