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Stan told me that he once paired an interesting combination of the Ortofon DSS732 (rocking bridge) cutting head with a couple of Pass Labs monoblock amps. He also told me that his best sound was using the Neumann SX-74 cutting head being driven by a pair of Ortofon GO741 amps. His tech made the custom impedance-matching circuit to mate the 90-degree torque tube-deflecting stereo cutter's 4 Ohm coils to the amps that were originally designed for stereo cutting heads with vertical mounted rocking-bridge 8 Ohm coils, plus the fine-tuning of the DC resistance-measuring Safety Circuit that needed to open the mercury-wetted reed relay contacts at about half its normal peak resistance (~17 Ohms) to avoid overheating the coil glue.
Mr. Ricker played double bass and tuba and also had a degree in Music Education. The vinyl champion will be missed by many in the record business. His cutting discography includes Dark Side of the Moon for Mobile Fidelity, Frank Zapps's Joe's Garage, and Wilco's Sky Blue Sky, among many others.