Just registered, this being my first post. I was looking for a busy WTA forum, and it feels like this is it. I live in Lisbon, Portugal, and my former TT was a Michell Gyrodec, class of 87, AC motor and Gyropower PSU, now with upgraded inverted bearing and springs. It's still there, right beside the Amadeus.
I bought the Amadeus roughly a month ago, and am beginning to listen. It's the beginning of a steady, exciting ride, though some practical concerns are getting in the way of serious tuning. I'm careful about record cleaning, own two cleaning machines and really enjoy hunting and restoring records. Therefore, a mat which clings to record surfaces four out of five times and inevitably leads to mat label area sliding and bonding to playing surfaces, not to mention eventual fingerprints on both record and mat, when forced apart, is an issue. It's all the more important because the WTA is an amazing player, which makes you want to stay the night, as it were. I'm not really inclined to use tape to glue the mat to the platter cause it's a bit messy itself. Some messages exchanged with Frank Denson, very friendly and informative, made me aware of the former mat and its production drawbacks. Any experiences or solutions out there?