May 2010


Mabu Vinyl and Digital

Click on image to buy from Mabu Vinyl and Digital

It’s a normal, high quality turntable that you can connect to your existing amplifier and speakers …. Or! ….. you can get this and a special pair of speakers that work well with this ION turntable, without needing an amplifier, and you now have a working stereo system to play your records on …….Or!!…. you can just connect this ION Turntable to your PC or Mac or laptop, via the USB port, and you can listen to your records through your PC speakers …… And!!! ….. you can convert the tracks off the record to mp3’s while you are listening!

Price (Inc VAT):

ION Turntable – R1480

Speakers for ION Turntable – R770

Contact Mabu Vinyl at (021) 423 7635 for details……or just come in and have a look!

Or email sugar@mabuvinyl.co.za if you want to order this and you are not in Cape Town, or can’t get to Mabu Vinyl….

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The Yamaha turntable, Sony radio amplifier and Akai tape deck were all good products when bought by me new, will they work now?

Calling Elvis, anybody there?

The opening words off an old 33 rpm vinyl record I have from a Dire Straights album were heard once more, Roy had decided to hunt down a new drive belt that broke at least a decade back. That album is called On Every Street, its a great one too, distributed by Vertigo code # STARL 5836,on CD its STARCD5836.We have a great many LPs (long players) as the old style records were called, some go back to the mid sixties, music that can not be found on CDs.

Finding a new drive belt and stylus was never going to be easy, not in Cape Town, or so I thought, looking on Google I found the belt was type FNB 23.6, which is how many inches long it is, the belt is 3/16" wide. In metric the belt is around 583mm long and 4mm wide?

I found a belt for sale easy enough in the Suits a common one used on many brands of turntable, with a price of U$7.50,plus another 6.50 to postage we were looking at Rands 105,not out of order but out of the country, hats local I thought?

I found a used record shop in Rheede Street, Gardens, Cape Town – Mabu Vinyl – The Cape Town Music Store, 2 Rheede Street Gardens Cape Town 8001. Contact: Stephen … The Cape Town Music Store. Mabu Vinyl is the record, CD, DVD, cassette, book, … http://www.mabuvinyl.co.za/ – they advised I try a well established audio shop in Maitland, on Voortrekker Road, named Radio Discothèque, it’s been there close on forty years I hear? they used to supply a night club named Blaisers, on the top of what was then SanlamCenter, twenty two floors up, in the mid seventies when I worked there some nights as a DJ.

Try Vanessa on phone 021 511 4559 – she emailed me back to say they had lots of belts and stylus and would I take the turntable in for matching with new ones? I took the turntable in early on Saturday morning, the new drive belt was fitted for me, tested and the stylus arm was balanced too, with a new stylus the price was a very modest R200, or about U$27, no problems with that at all, it was great service from a shop that really does know hi-forgive them a call if you need anything. Of course we now have a huge range of music to listen to again and guess what, vinyl audio sound is actually better than Edits got a lot to do with the depth of the pressing track and the type and quality of the stylus you use.

www.radiodisco.co.za/

Next I have to see what music Mabu Vinyl has waiting for me?

From: Roy McBride

http://ckdboats.blogspot.com/

Lots of new LP’s in stock – picked up a couple of good jazz collections, plenty of John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Stan Getz and some rare Verve titles.

There’s a ton of cool 70’s and 80’s SA urban pop LP’s and 12” and some new Hip Hop and Reggae stock….Tupac, Beenie Man, Asward, Marley, Burning Spear and UB40.

Also some new rock LP titles from bands like Groundhogs, Yes, Genesis, The Band, Chicken Shack, T Rex and more.

New SA CD titles include ‘Red Earth and Rust’, the double helping from this new duo (think SA’s chilled NickCave), featuring a host of top SA musos and produced by Aron Turest-Swartz (ex-Freshlyground).

Some strange and wonderful Cape sounds on the new local CD ‘Hiervandan’, and some hip new Cape hip-rap from the Ill-Literate Skill collective on ‘Off The Radar’.

And Mabu will soon have more stock of our new very reasonable-priced USB turntables that you can use as a regular turntable with your existing amp and speakers, or you can simply connect it up to your Mac or PC and listen to your LP’s through your computer speakers and convert those LP’s and tracks to digital for your iPod while you’re doing so…..place your orders now!

There’s always something Nu @ Mabu