Hey! You guys shut up. I wanna hear more from pbda. Give us a preview dude.
You rock, my friend.
So much interest! So many thoughts! Even some misconceptions! I'm sitting in a hotel in Milan at 2:30am (business trip), so in the interests of rest will try to cover a lot in a short post.
1. The shelf is not glass. It's Plexiglas (aka Perspex for our European friends). And it's not the review home for the TT, it's just my "setup" shelf. I'll be placing the Classic on a 2 1/2 inch thick slab of maple (suggested by Harry Weisfeld), which will in turn be placed on shelves of MDF.
2. I'll be using the Bellari VP-129 for the review, but will also listen with the Classic plugged directly into my preamp's phono section (McIntosh C712). I have a high-output Grado Sonata on the TT, so in theory the preamp isn't essential. I've replaced the stock tube in the Bellari with a new (not NOS) Mullard tube.
3. I plan to compare and contrast the sound of the Classic with my LP12 (which has an Ittok LVIII arm).
4. Sinewave test: I'll give this a try in due course. I've been using the supplied clamp, which does really "batten down the hatches". I may try the peripheral clamp if VPI is interested in supplying one. We'll see.
5. Yes, that's a dustbug-like unit on the TT at the moment. I've got a thing for them, you see, that dates back to my first "serious" turntable in the mid seventies. Let's not go there for the moment...
The turntable is not yet optimized. Besides placing it on the correct stand on the requisite slab of wood...
-The counterweight supplied is too heavy for my Grado, so I can't get tracking force over 1.45 grams; I'm awaiting a lighter counterweight from the Weisfelds.
-While it is suggested that the user place the vinyl directly on the aluminum platter, Harry is also sending me a (prototype) paper mat with which he's been experimenting. He feels that it makes a difference in the sound which may or may not appeal. We'll see.
-Harry also suggests using damping fluid in the unipivot with Grado cartridges. I've been doing without for the moment, but will eventually add the fluid and determine if this influences the sound.
Thanks again for the interest, and stand by. I'll post again once I have some meaningful listening observations.