Mmmm, emergency fuse alternatives ............ yes I have all of those, although I prefer the cryo'd gold plated 6" nails for best sound!
I figured when the controller melted those it was best to send it back to Nigel quick quick!!
What's it like using the controller? Simply put - it leaps the Lenco design from the 1950s straight into the 21st Century, and then some!
Let's look at Nigel's creation, first the controls -
On the left is a 3 position rotary switch for 3 speeds - the next 3 controls are the speed adjusters and an led above each one lights when that speed is selected. I think the Lenco mechanical speed change is the best of it's type among the comtemporary idler competition, but using this controller is seductive, you don't want to like it (all that electronics!!) but you can't help it.
Switching speeds produces near instant reaction - no need to feel envious of slick high quality DD decks with their push button speed change and pitch adjusters - and this one has individual pitch adjusters for each speed. These operations all happen with commendable smoothness - which inspires confidence and makes it difficult to imagine how to improve it. Let's move on -
Next right is a Voltmeter and far right is the voltage adjuster. Imo best at 220v for that relentless Lenco leading edge management. Want to enjoy a more laid back TD150 type of sound? Just knock back the voltage to 150v or so.
A universal turntable controller with all the bells and whistles you could wish for. Can you understand how gutted I was when it went wrong?
Thanks for fixing it under warranty Nigel, can I have it back now please?
PS Does it change the sound? Using my system with UK domestic mains power, I did not notice any repeatable difference in the sound with or without the controller. Of course my experiments were cut short so there's lot's more testing to be done.
It would be interesting to try the controller at Scalford Hall later this year to see if we can repeat the improvement over (noisy?) raw mains that many heard there when using a similar controller three years ago.