Chain repair

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A generous helping of maple syrup can improve the taste of a bad pancake but it can’t promise perfection.

Ridding yourself of a sonic problem by replacing one piece in your system’s chain is a tempting proposition. Sometimes it’s just what the stereo doctor ordered. But, more often than not, we get a bit of a boost that never quite addresses the problem.

Customers often send me a list of their systems in the hopes I can point to the weakest link in the chain. It’s sometimes painful to make a suggestion when I can see the real problem isn’t a particular link but the chain itself.

We tend to build our systems around an idea or a particular piece, perhaps a favorite amplifier or turntable. We’re then building our chain in support of a few links and what we wind up with is a less than a great chain.

I am most pleased when a person shows me their system and everything’s spot on with just a few exceptions. The joy of recommending a particular piece of kit that will link the pieces together and sing to the heavens is always welcome.

If we’ve built a solid chain, replacing a single link can make all the difference in the world.

How strong is your chain?