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Hi-fi, music and tech matters are dealt with in this series of videos. Please watch, like, comment and share. The more the better! You can even contribute to the channel by becoming a patron.


Minisode 6.1: Tesco Value Music

A bonus minisode™ which deals with a new arrival in my vinyl collection. The Tesco Value brand had a less than savoury reputation and was often parodied, and this DJ outfit from north London decided to dress their release in that familiar mundane garb! It also meant we could load up on cheap beans, and deal with the aftermath later....


Episode 6: Pro-Ject Phono Box E phono preamplifier review

Want to listen to vinyl? A phono preamplifier is essential if your amplifier was made after the mid 90s. Those tiny signals need a bit of a boost! This example from turntable manufacturer Pro-Ject fits the bill perfectly by being affordable and sounding terrific. What a shame my turntable cannot be as cooperative.


Minisode 5.1: Cassette deck part 2, cassettes and Patreon

A bonus minisode™ on my cassette deck, its recording ability (and its beloved wow and flutter), and a call to all my lovely viewers to chuck some change in the bucket. Giving feels good, don't you know! Please visit: patreon.com/fluteboy.


Episode 5: Sony TC KE300 Cassette Deck review

Vinyl has been enjoying a resurgence for many years, and now the humble Compact Cassette™ is making a welcome comeback. Here is a Sony deck with a Sony fault, but it has been persuaded to function as intended. As for that pesky wow and flutter - is it the deck or is it the cassette? Well, feed it a decent cassette and it sings. Feed it a "Type 0" and it certainly tries. Break out the Contek, to be sure!


Episode 4: Technics SL-PS770D CD player review

CDs are not dead - they are very much alive and well! That is certainly the case with this 20 year old high-end CD player. After two failed attempts at acquiring a reliable and enjoyable player, this one surfaced - complete with fancy Japanese "ta-ke" bamboo capacitors. We are talking quality here!


Episode 3: Gale 3030 floorstanding speaker bargain review

This episode deals with the speakers in my system - Gale 3030 floorstanders. A selfie stick assists in the video-making task.

Are you tired of living alone? Just remember - you can choose your speakers and place them where you like - not where you are told! Curse not your freedom!

Are bass and treble controls evil or should they make a comeback? Music listening should be fun, not one eternal Jeff Lynne production!


Episode 2: Dual CS505-2 vintage turntable review

This episode deals with my turntable of choice - the Dual CS505-2. German-built quality that keeps on giving after 35 years. Ausdauernd und robust. It even got to appear in both of the Trainspotting movies, so we may consider it an icon!


Episode 1: Pro-Ject Vinyl Clean product review

This first episode deals with Pro-Ject Vinyl Clean - a dry cleaning agent for vinyl listeners - one slightly reminiscent of those jelly-like air fresheners. Does it work? Will it rid your vinyl of that frying bacon sound? Can you get high by sniffing it?


About the creator

Ray is a stay at home carer, looking after his disabled partner. Aged 46 he enjoys listening to a wide variety of music. As his pseudonym suggests, he also happens to play the flute. When not listening to or playing music, he likes to make videos about audio and audio-related products. He is also a fan of similar YouTube creators such as Oddity Archive, VWestlife, Techmoan, radiotvphononut and Cassette Comeback.

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