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We fooled around with arm wraps in the 1980's. At that time, 3M had a tape which worked very well, dampening arm vibrations. It worked wonders then, maybe I should try it again? Has anyone tried this who can recommend materials?
My turntable sits on top of a piece of wood that has 4 inches of sand under it. The sand holder doesn't touch the piece the table sits on. I want to add a 5-10lb weight on top of the wood. My next tweak is going to be a linear power supply instead of the wal-wart, for the motor. I've got an oversized unit that was put into an enclosure not long ago. It should maintain a perfect voltage and amperage given it is oversized. It is nicer than the boxes you can buy for your motors. I am interested in using wood or cork to dampen the tone arm from the ring of metal.
You could be right, Doug. I was just trying to spell out the differences where I could. You could tell that the pivot apparatus and/or bearings were quite different in each arm/pivot. No doubt in my mind that you could, too. More than one thing is making the end game better. The MC cartridge, for example, costs way more than the Grado and their is a substantial difference in the decks. Mass for one thing. Cheers, Doug.
interesting, jim. but, in spite of the seemingly rougher bearings of the rega arm, i wonder if it's the deck and not the arm that's giving you the better sound. (or the cartridge?) i say this cuz i had a sumiko ft-3, which is supposed to be a little step up from the mmt. and, replacing it w/an o-l modded rega rb250 was a step in the right direction. (i might still have the ft-3 somewhere, i don't recall ever selling it.) now, when i did the swap, there was no cartridge or turntable replacement; so in your case, it might be harder to tell, as you have different arm and cartridge, as well as a different deck. but, i wonder how your rega arm would sound w/the koetsu on your micro-seiki?doug s.
It's all three. A FT-3 isn't a step up from the MMT. It's a little newer and lighter, but not better. The FT-3 was 1/2 decent, but not that well liked by many owners, sort of an arm you upgraded from. The MMT is a poor man's FR-64. With a lower cu MC, it's really good. No doubt if the Rega had modified bearings it would be better, but I seriously doubt if it could compete with an MMT with a Koetsu. It's too light anyway, and with crap bearings.....The Koetsu Goldline is a nice modernization of the classic Black. That was a hugh upgrade IMO and that cart on a MMT is a great combination. The bass especially improved a lot. It went from too big and under defined boom, to bass that matched the rest. With the Goldline you listen to a lush sweet sound with decent resolution and excellent imaging. Put that combo on a heavier platter, "better" table, and you have a solid triple. Substitute any one of those parts for one of the old stuff, and you'll lose the magic. neo
Neo, you have me re-interested in the Gold Line. I'm not gonna tell you what I can buy it for. Let's just see if I do. And I believe I have a deck that qualifies as you've described.
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