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Linn Ittok specific- place two of Herbies HAL-O Jr, dampers on the arm right behind the headshell and and a little past the halfway point towards the bearing. This is the simplest mod for the Ittok but it tames the "splashy "quality of the arm and allows a significant increase in clarity and detail retrieval, $10.00. This may work with other arms whereas many arms may not benefit. Remember to reset VTF when adding the dampers. .
BobM, you have an interesting method. For the average person, I would not dismiss the cartridge manufacturers' recommendations. I would also look at any reviews of the cartridge(and maybe tonearm). BobM, I believe the Morch DP6 is a gimballed arm(dual pivot), and not a uni-pivot arm. That is an important piece of information, I believe. I'm not sure what effect on anti-skate the lower counterweight has(although it should have a good effect on a lot of things). My take on the lower anti-skate(lower than the VTF number) is this: Harry Pearson of Absolute Sound found that the lower anti-skate, the better, on a Koetsu Rosewood. Sumiko, I believe, advocates about 1/2 the anti-skate number compared to the tracking force(VTF) on many of its cartridges. There is a very knowledgable guy on Audiogon(Rauligeus?-if I look it up, I lose this post.) who advocates a much lower anti-skate than the published specs, but note that he likes moving magnet cartridges with their(generally) less stiff cantilevers. I still think for someone not versed in anti-skate, the best place to start(to hear what anti-skate does) is the same number as the VTF, unless the manufacturer or a reviewer state differently.
....like an uptempo drum and cymbal, as well as voice; specially the right channel. Then slowly raise the tracking force a bit at a time .....as the tracking force increases, then eventually both channels will begin to improve.......
tracking force? did you mean to say "bias" or "anti skate force", Bob?
Why would you add all that mass to the Linn arm?I'll pass on that one....
1) Use Walker SST on the cartridge pins. Apply carefully according to the SST directions. Provides a very nice increase in detail, etc. Also apply on TT RCA connectors, etc.2) For Rega and various other TTs, use the Pete Riggle VTAF. Takes a bit of time and patience to install. Makes dialing in the VTAF on-the-fly a snap, wonderful enhancement to the sound of your kit. There's various reviews of this on the web.3) For Rega/Origin tonearms, install the J.A. Michell Tecnoweight. Ditto various reviews on-line.
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