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Change for a Nickel

US NickelI’ve been studying the design of Gibson’s classic P.A.F. humbucker guitar pickup designed by Seth Lover in 1954.

As the design evolved, conductive covers were specified in order to shield them from RFI.  Nickel was selected for a very important reason.

What does this have to do with audio connectors, and why is nickel as  poor of a choice for audio connectors as it is a good one for pickup covers?

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What Do Guitars Have to Do With Configuring a Hi-Fi System?

One of my diversions involves building and rebuilding Fender style guitars.

This particular project has been ongoing for quite some time, and as I’ll explain, it’s been fraught with pitfalls, much like trying to dial in your hi-fi system.

So you might ask … other than this being a musical instrument, what this has to do with hi-fi.

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Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe

Galibier Design - Kapton BeltWe’ve been advocates of rigid drive belts for over two decades.

As much as our early experiments are burned into my memory, I never cease to be amazed at how tunable a turntable drive system can be, merely as a result of drive belt selection.

With the release of our new drive system, it was time to return to first principles and review variations of this concept, and (why not?) throw a rubber belt into the mix for sake of comparison.
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