Hi, apologies for opening up an old thread. I've finally got the new arm set up and given it a few weeks for me to get used to it, so here I am reporting back as promised. Must admit quite enjoyed the job of making the armboard though by the time I bought all the bits and pieces of kit I needed have might of been cheaper to buy one ready made - but then I wouldn't have had all the fun. Here's a photo, probably needs a coat of varnish but not too shabby a job if I say so myself.
Anyway purpose of reporting back - the question of whether this arm offers an improvement over the SME 3009 s2 that was on there before. I'd say IMO it does all that the SME did really well plus a lot more. What I loved about the previous set up was the warm reproduction of vocal and small group acoustic music - I listen to a lot of soul and jazz and I had no complaints about the SME set up in this respect but it always left me a bit cold with rock and some heavier styles of classical music. If pushed I'd say some styles of music lacked drive - didn't make me jump up out of my seat. Anyway the Jelco is easily the equal of the SME in the way it delivers vocal and acoustic but in a different league when the temperature gets hotter
For me it's been a successful experiment as I sold on the SME for a reasonable price on the bay and got a decent deal on the Jelco so it didn't cost too much.
Very happy all round. Thanks for the advice previously on the arm board, now the only question remaining is what I'm going to do with all that left over mdf, veneer, and a brand-new jigsaw