Reliving Memories with Scheu and Ortofon

We wrapped up CES very nicely this year. Our showroom was well received with record breaking numbers of attendees and industry connections. I took the time afterwards to drive across California and visit our key dealers, making sure to stop by Brooks Berdan Limited in Monrovia, L.A.. When I got back to our Denver office I was pleasantly surprised to find our new Scheu Analog Das Laufwerk II table had arrived.  With its slate base and arm board each of these are a “one of a kind.” The solid plinth and platter give it a steely industrious German look while the fine wood Tacco tonearm highlights its elegance and precision.

 

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It’s hard to get one of these beautiful pieces of audio electronics without giving it a listen. So I set it up and pulled out a fairly rare 1987 John Cougar Mellencamp single original pressing on the Mercury label. For some vinyl lovers and record player shoppers this album is retro. I remember driving to the record store and picking it up back then. Of course I did not have a Scheu, it went on my Thoren’s 125 with the Grace 860F and Ortofon MC20 (both safely tucked away).

 

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Today I am using the Tacco tonearm, I love the wood arm tube and the performance of balanced connections. Ironically 20 plus years later I am still running an Ortofon, today it’s the Cadenza Black. Goes to show how long-lasting vinyl is; it’s easily the best way to preserve music and memories.

 

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Suffice it to say, the sound exceeded my expectations. It was nostalgic but fresh and the Scheu turntable really brought out the base and soundstage of this album.

 

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