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Title: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: achim on December 10, 2016, 02:32:49 PM
Monday the 12th Robert Suchy from Clearaudio will demo the legendary Statement with TT1 and Goldfinger...
from 16.00 - 20.00. Make sure you ll come....

Only during the Opening Week we ll have unbelievable offers on all products. If you ever dreamed to have a nice Clearaudio, Brinkmann or rega turntable... thats your chance.

Get a fantastic Crescendo Integrated Amp from Audio Analogue at only R 13.990 PLUS a pair of Tannoy Mercury V4i for free.... and so on and on...

You dreamed about a Hornspeaker ala Avantgarde... grap one of our demo units for .....  well yes ..but you have to
have to show up at THE LOFT.....

Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: JonnyP on December 10, 2016, 05:52:23 PM
I hope all the Capetonians make a beeline for the Loft (you can stop at the Adult World another time), sadly I will be picking up an exam to mark and then marking it.  Hope the grand opening goes swimmingly Achim and I hope to make it next year.
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: achim on December 11, 2016, 11:40:48 PM
I never experienced such TT Performance as I heard today with my new Clearaudio Statement.
This is a mindblowing maschine....

Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: Capetowntracks on December 12, 2016, 09:42:29 PM
First impressions, Achim... not only the turntable is a statement... the room is a statement.

It's a wonderful space to enjoy music in an appropriate, relaxed setting.  It has no equal. Thirteen Hof has its own magic, but also its own limitations... forget the equipment, just soak up the music and the atmosphere.

I found the big horns (Trios?) less intimidating than at Thirteen and the small system - Bullfrogs? - created massive impact and scale. Oh, and vinyl.

I hope I get to hear the big Brinkmann tomorrow.
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: funcrusha76 on December 12, 2016, 11:12:38 PM
Will there be a listening session on Wednesday? It's probably the only one I can make this week.
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: achim on December 13, 2016, 07:49:42 AM
..Anthony.... thank you and see you later this afternoon. BTW..you listened to the Brinkmann in the Bullfrog Set Up... and the Clearaudio Statement you ll hear later today (with the Trios).

Thirteen "Hof" in Hof Street will be the Tannoy Showroom ...with some "Gryphons", Well Tempered and Unison Amps.... and of course all entry level stuff.....

Thirteen "The Loft" is the showroom for the the final High End products....

and yes wednesday as well we will demo from 16.00 -19.00..maybe a bit longer (depends if people come..)

So maybe not a mistake to call 0764581641 or to send an SMS
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: BJ on December 13, 2016, 11:38:26 AM
I never experienced such TT Performance as I heard today with my new Clearaudio Statement.
This is a mindblowing maschine....
Without a doubt one of the finest Analogue systems on the Globe.
Really looking forward to visit after my return from Jhb.

Installed a Goldfinger Statement MC to client in Jhb last week. He upgraded his Titanium V2.
Being second from the Top....the Titanium is already amongst a handful of elite Cartridges.
But it is scary how much better the Goldfinger is....and at €12500 it has to be counted as a Bargain :2thumbs:
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: tuxguy on December 13, 2016, 06:07:03 PM
Thank you Achim. I really enjoyed last night and you made your "Statement" loud and clear. Maybe not with rock but it was really in class of its own... I'm still sitting with a smile on my face... just thinking of it...
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: Kent Kassler on December 14, 2016, 11:11:37 PM
What an absolute treat as always....I must congratulate you on another amazing space Achim.The art, the gear and the music combined with your enthusiasm and passion are inspiring.
Every lover of sound simply has to visit....the experience is wild and the host is a genuinely nice guy with a naughty German smile....I really enjoyed the Martion Bullfrog horns (superb presentation with real snap and presence which go above and beyond their size.)
The Trio sounded more at home in this space to my ears and I do love them.
Thanks again and I for one wish you every success possible.
 :2thumbs:
Jacques....some pics when you have a moment please sire.
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: alternativeroute on December 15, 2016, 05:27:15 AM
What an absolute treat as always....I must congratulate you on another amazing space Achim.The art, the gear and the music combined with your enthusiasm and passion are inspiring.
Every lover of sound simply has to visit....the experience is wild and the host is a genuinely nice guy with a naughty German smile....I really enjoyed the Martion Bullfrog horns (superb presentation with real snap and presence which go above and beyond their size.)
The Trio sounded more at home in this space to my ears and I do love them.
Thanks again and I for one wish you every success possible.
 :2thumbs:
Jacques....some pics when you have a moment please sire.

(https://scontent.fcpt3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15578805_1127441347310741_4829404855786989415_n.jpg?oh=5a52acba5019b0a9666d83dc084027a0&oe=58B3FEEF)

(https://scontent.fcpt3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15442125_1127443793977163_9030158549832979499_n.jpg?oh=17527b4faac4d4cc9ad10ce110ad0017&oe=58B29138)

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Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: Kent Kassler on December 15, 2016, 07:09:08 AM
When I start dancing is when you know it's good....
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: achim on December 15, 2016, 07:13:19 AM
dancing on Sibelius? ;)   wow....than it must be reaaaaaaaaallllllllyyyyyyyyyy good :clap:
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: craig-s22 on December 15, 2016, 12:53:38 PM
My wife and I also had occasion to visit the Loft last night (to pick up our brand spanking new Rega P3 :Whoohoo:) Thanks again Achim for the amazing hospitality. The showroom is an amazing space. My wife could look at the art and decore while I gawked and drooled over the equipment. Those trios are something to behold. I'd be hard pressed to say if they are more beautiful to the eyes or the ears! Even over Robert's snores... :ROFLMAO: who is also a great guy by the way and we had a really nice chat. Looking forward to visiting the Hof the next time we can get a babysitter...
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: achim on December 15, 2016, 05:01:21 PM
..great that you all like The Loft.....

Today there will be no demo - I have to make deliveries tonight. Please from now on .... demo on appointment...so the easiest
call me 0764581641 or whatsapp me.... maybe the best way...

Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: Darrell on February 26, 2017, 09:26:33 AM
I spent an afternoon at the loft recently, with Achim showing off some absolutely spectacular and very special systems, which ended up in me purchasing the Clearaudio Absolute Phono Inside  - Phono pre-amp, genuinely the best I have ever heard including going up against the AR Ref 3 Phono earlier in the day. The gryphon VIP XLR interconnects were also winners and now reside in my system as well.

I look forward to spending another enjoyable afternoon with Achim in the loft in a few months time, again Thanx Achim :).......
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: Jazzy on March 02, 2017, 04:13:51 PM
Thanks for the comments on the Clearaudio Phono, a product I wasnt aware of but have now read up a lot on. Are you in a position to mention the cartridges used in the comparison with the Ref3 and the settings (loading/gain)? comments on instrument timbre, warmth/neutrality between the 2 Phonos? thanks   
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: Darrell on March 05, 2017, 10:46:29 PM
Clearaudio Titanium on the Ref 3, and Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement with the Absolute inside. Timbre and neutrality were extremely lifelike on the solid state, with the right amount of warmth and transparency to pull you into the music immediately, in comparison (I know this sounds bizarre) the valve kit seemed cooler than real life. The Absolute inside also definitely has more bandwidth, first time I have heard solid state spank valves, and I was running a valve amp prior the upgrade.....
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: Jazzy on March 06, 2017, 06:59:25 AM
Thanks for the response D. I dunno about the Ref3 but the 2 needed around 800hrs to run the caps in according to some reviews. Wondered how old "your" sample was but then realised that you might not have gone into such detail (plus loading/gain etc) in a demo session. Also interesting that it wasn't in a "similar" system if the cartridges were different. I am (+ a friend) intrigued by the Absolute and will be visiting Achim in about 6 months for a listen.
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: Kemosabe on March 06, 2017, 12:21:21 PM
Yip. I think your ears would definitely have burned in after 800 hrs.
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: Jazzy on March 06, 2017, 10:05:22 PM
Hahaha, yess!!
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: Jazzy on April 30, 2017, 10:26:59 PM
Geez I feel like I killed this thread! Was only trying to find 'common' ground. I personally think there were too many variables for a fair comparison. Different carts/arms/TT/loading/VTA/VTF/System/etc. I feel that analogue front ends are too complicated in setup parameters and that one has to go to great lengths to do fair comparisons. As an e.g. last year I learnt that TTS have to be calibrated to the exact same speed (Feickert app. Etc.) before comparison. Anyway, long live 13hof long live!
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: Darrell on May 26, 2017, 09:55:17 PM
And then .......................... the CA Goldfinger Statement cartridge arrived ...................... and after 75 hours run in AUDIO BLISS. Absolutely stunning sound, improving by a fair margin on the Zyx Universe 2. Achim, now for those Avantegards  :rubhands:
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: achim on May 28, 2017, 02:48:53 PM
well .....Darrell... I m ready ;)
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: JonnyP on March 06, 2018, 08:21:16 PM
Here’s a few of my 13TheLoft photos, they do not do it justice and the trouble with photos is they cannot convey how amazing the sound was.

https://postimg.org/gallery/1duepeubo/

(https://s13.postimg.org/ubx41kkqb/28717354-_D7_D2-46_B9-_B2_D9-_A1_BDD642_BC7_D.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ubx41kkqb/)

(https://s13.postimg.org/xvj1rd80j/47_BF2582-_C23_D-4502-8659-2_E0_BC467_C5_A3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xvj1rd80j/)

(https://s13.postimg.org/swvjcuz2r/509_D08_D3-5_FA5-4_E5_C-_BFE8-_B3_E9_C5091_ECA.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/swvjcuz2r/)

(https://s13.postimg.org/9f0vwqexv/67_FF8161-_EA91-426_A-90_C8-4_F3_EFB2822_A4.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/9f0vwqexv/)

(https://s13.postimg.org/r52khwak3/87_E2632_E-_EFD6-41_AA-_B0_C8-70_CFF879_CF2_E.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r52khwak3/)



(https://s13.postimg.org/onqtao8o3/C67_A4893-42_F0-4259-_A523-_B641_CCAC838_C.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/onqtao8o3/)

Another big thank you to Achim, you are a Gentleman and a Scholar, one day I may take you up on a Bavarian Forest visit :dop:



Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: preamplified on March 07, 2018, 09:39:37 AM
Great looking pictures! Thanks Jonny
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: achim on March 07, 2018, 10:14:09 AM
yes Jon....very nice shots....

How do you liked my exotic crossoverless electrostats? Isnt that something truly special? The only electrostats I loved been the mighty CLS by Martin Logan....long time ago. Its amazing to hear that this great result even got pushed further... I think they are incredible.




Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: fdlsys on March 07, 2018, 11:39:23 AM
How do you liked my exotic crossoverless electrostats? Isnt that something truly special?
Some details on those please?
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: achim on March 07, 2018, 01:19:12 PM
..its a little company in Serbia..and someone in the audio industry (who I truly admire for his knowledge) recommended my their products.
Check on Soltanus .... they have quite a range of products but because I never liked Hybrids - I only import these fullys.... and they re mind blowing. Just now with the stronger Rand they cost landed in SA retail 120K

I sold 2 pairs so far to very happy clients... they choose them simply because their sound is amazing - they dont need much space - they are not that critical to their amplifiers and they murder far biiger and far more expensive Electrostatic Speakers.
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: fdlsys on March 07, 2018, 01:39:34 PM
Thanks, I know the brand.  :thumbs: Didn't know about the crossover-less one though.
Very, very good. The crossover-less full range ESL was always in the sights of all (well, at least US) ESL manufacturers but alas, technology/materials/cost always won that battle and all big full range ESLs we know have separate LF/.../HF crossover signal paths often mixed back into full-range after the Step-Up audio transformer(s).
This one must have one hell-of-a transformer to cover the full Fq range. I wonder whether they used a toroid or a core type ...?
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: achim on March 07, 2018, 02:08:20 PM
check the review of 6Moons....  the Soltanus Virtuoso.... funny comment on the price: are you kidding...

Indeed such Performance of Electrostats is very rare...and usually cost triple the price or even more...
Title: Re: 13 The Loft...Great Opening Offers - only for those who "appear"
Post by: JonnyP on March 07, 2018, 02:17:15 PM
They were special, the music seems to 'hang' in the air.  Turns a part of the room into a Jazz and Blues Club.  First electrostatics I've heard so couldn't really compare to others but they were a great introduction to them.