The LP Lab Carbon Fibre Armtube

The LP Lab Carbon Fibre Armtube

This review is from Audiophilia v2, published way back in 1997. Lary Pedersen is still around, but no longer manufacturing the arm, although a begging phone call to Hercules, CA may get you one. It made a big difference to an already fine turntable. 

I include it in Audiophilia v5 because it is such a beautifully written review by Blair Roger of a very specific and beautifully executed product. Roger was (is) a great fan of Well Tempered Lab and everything William Firebaugh -- Ed.

Blair Roger – Simplicity appeals to me. I like simple answers to complicated problems because simplicity is elegant. About eight or nine years ago I read a review in a print audio journal of a very unconventional arm and turntable combination. It was the Well-Tempered Turntable and Tonearm and, of course, I was fascinated by the simplicity of the design. I was convinced that I had to have one, if for no other reason than to see that freaky paddle-floating-in-silicone-goop arm bearing.

The way I figured it, the platter and arm bearings would never wear out. Sure, I'd have to stock up on drive belts and have a spare bottle of silicone wonder-honey handy (hey, STP works too!) but with any luck I'd be teaching my grandchildren how to set the azimuth on this unit, even without a 'scope.

Paradox Pulse Monoblock Amplifiers

Paradox Pulse Monoblock Amplifiers

Terence Robinson, owner and chief designer of Paradox Enterprise has been making bespoke high end audio components and loudspeakers for over forty years.

Like many ‘old stagers’ In this business, with a history going back to the beginnings of our avocation, Robinson has quite defined opinions about all aspects of the ‘business’. Design, print, ‘audio personalities’, just ask him. 

He has maintained a going concern in the high desert of Southern California and has many loyal customers. 

I was contacted by Paradox and decided to give their Pulse monoblocks a run in my system. Even though a boutique company, they’ve been around long enough to recommend as a manufacturer to our readers, if the sound and value warrants.