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 Post subject: Re: Meltrope soundboxes.
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:17 pm 
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Victor IV
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Many UK collectors, myself included, rate the Meltrope the next best thing to the EMG and Expert soundboxes, and at a fraction of the price. Once rebuilt they require little attention, whereas adjusting an EMG or Expert, especially a 4-spring, calls for a good ear and considerable skill. I know my limitations and leave that job to others.


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 Post subject: Re: Meltrope soundboxes.
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:18 pm 
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Is the 3 the best one to seek first?


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 Post subject: Re: Meltrope soundboxes.
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:27 pm 
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They can boost the performance of a good machine- I've been told that with a Meltrope you can make a take a quality open horn machine & make it quite close to an Orthophonic.


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 Post subject: Re: Meltrope soundboxes.
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:30 pm 
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PeterF wrote:
Is the 3 the best one to seek first?


From what I've been told, the I and II are best if you want to "tune" your soundbox for optimum performance on a specific machine, and that the III is not built to be tuned. I have the III and it is very user friendly.


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 Post subject: Re: Meltrope soundboxes.
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:03 am 
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I have yet to test my Meltrope III, as my hearing has not yet recovered (or, as I have not yet sprung for new hearing aids); but I will check it out eventually - both on my P-1, comparing it with the Prime soundbox; and possibly on the C-250 (assuming I can swap it out from the soundbox on my 'Jewel' adapter).

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 Post subject: Re: Meltrope soundboxes.
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:01 am 
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Reproduction rubber couplings are available in a variety of internal diameters, so it should be possible to source one to fit your adaptor.


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 Post subject: Re: Meltrope soundboxes.
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:12 am 
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PeterF wrote:

How does their sound compare to common US soundboxes? Along the lines of the Victrola #2 or #4, or more like the orthophonic? Or?

Thanks.

If your intention is to utilize the Meltrope on a Credenza or any other orthophonic machine, my recommendation is not to bother. I tried Meltropes, EMGs and Expert soundboxes on the othophonic machines and the Victor orthophonic reproducer (IF in good restored shape) outperforms them all. Meltropes work well to improve the sound of older machines: the Meltrope III vastly improved the sound of the Victor schoolhouse over its original Victor 2. The Meltrope II also outperformed the original Columbia soundbox on the Columbia 810 (the large Viva Tonal contemporary to the Credenza). I tried a Meltrope III on a EMG and on an Expert and frankly did not hear any improvement at all, but I never tried the Meltrope II on it, maybe it makes a change, but with these machines the bar is already quite high in terms of quality of reproduction. It is fun to tinker around with different soundboxes, though.


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