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Exactly. An apology to topround is in order here catastrofe.
The arm is made from epoxy not plastic with a Grado gold cart was put against the JM memorial arm. The epoxy is applied at 1/1000 of an inch at a time. It takes 27 hours to build the arm.
Epoxy = acrylic = plastic. So epoxy is just a thermoset plastic.
I read the article by Fremer, linked to on page 1. There was an interesting comment after the article. Seems that kids are buying records like crazy and are a big part of increased record sales. Sales have been increasing at a rate of 30%/yr, for the past 5 yrs. That's amazing. Funny thing is, according to the comment, most of these kids could care less about optimizing their record players, they just like records.
I think it goes to the old argument that direct drive can be every bit as musical as belt drive, it just costs a lot more to get it there. We've had very nice sounding DD tables around for a long time, they're just very expensive, some models by Grand Prix Audio and Brinkman come to mind, I'm sure there's more. If you're designing for the masses, belt drive is the accepted way to go. The real breakthrough would be a reasonably priced DD motor that is completely cog-less.
Anybody notice a MAT on the PLATTER?Paul
Were there any comparisons with a VPI belt drive and the new DD?The Wave Kinetics turntable (DD) is really good.
Apparently not. From the Agon thread - link on first post:"Surprisingly, there was a large display of classic amplifiers, reel-to-reel tape machines, turntables, tonearms and more. One that caught my eye was a mint direct drive JVC TT-101 turntable (very much like mine). It was the target/inspiration for the new table - I would love to compare the two, but that wasn't possible. Maybe at my house some day."The JVC 100 or 101 is one of those super-tables in the DD Museum. It will be interesting to see what happens with this DD VPI and its $4K motor. It seems like that's VPI cost, not retail? I wouldn't put it past Harry to come up with another winner like the Classic. If I had any money I'd put it on this being a contender for around $20K w/o arm. I'll have to check and see if VPI Industries is a public corp. As of now I have $10 on Harrys Dreamsicle to win in the 5th at Belmont. Place your bets now before the odds change.neo
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