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Jan,

I never cared much for the PB noise reducer. As you state, it can pump. 
Is there a reason you stay in the analog domain for 78s? I've had better 
luck with digital myself, for both de-click and de-noise. But B4 you get 
into broadband noise reduction, you might want to try a better pre-amp. 
Get one designed for vintage records. Playing them back RIAA falls quite 
short of what they can sound like. I like the models offered by KAB USA.

joe salerno

Jan Myren wrote:
> About Packburn 323 Audio Noise Suppressor 
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> HI; I have learned that you for many years (and probably still) use the
> Packburn for playback and recording from old 78 rpm discs.
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> Since I am a collector of old 78's and have a big collection of records from
> all ages. I have also spent some recourses on good equipment and I think
> this Packburn would be the correct analogue device to my set-up.
> 
> I have a Thorens TD 521 turnable. The arm is a SME 3012R and the cartridge
> is a Stanton 500MKII and some different stylis, all special made for
> playback of old 78's! I use a normal NAD RIIA preamp.
> 
> My experience so far is that it works very well on clicks and pops using the
> switcher and the blanker. But the continous noise filter bugs me a bit,
> since I think it doesn't reduce that much surface noise. I don't use the
> variable adjust very often, since the so called "masked-noise" and the
> pumping effect bring offer "strange noises" to the sound. Therefore I mostly
> use the FIXED adjust, and usually set it fixed at 9 o'clock posititon.
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> I have read that some re-issue engineers, like Robert Parker used the
> Packburn 323A frequently when restoring old 78's for LP and CD-releases.
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> MY main question is if the Packburn was used as a "stand alone" unit or it
> was also supplied with other noise reduction units in order to filter out
> more of the surface noise. If so, what did they (or you) actually do and
> what could eventually be a good supplement for that purpose?
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> I would really appreciate if any of you would please give me some hints and
> suggestions, since I think the Packburn will work very well if used the
> right way!
> 
> Really hope to hear from you again!!
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> Best regards
> 
> Jan MyrenĘ
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> NORWAY
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