dirklenart wrote:@Blue Shadow: Damping material: I could buy this from Ebay: size would be sufficient I guess? http://www.benl.ebay.be/itm/260946725683?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
@Blue Shadow: Could you to some suggestions for a tonearm upgrade? My shop does Linn, so maybe a Linn arm would be nice?
@madog99: R version: is it the Rega version you mean?
@madog99: And do you suggest the 3mm or 5mm version of the Archomat? I know VTA can be adjusted easily on a Thorens, but I'm concerned with the low spindle height.
Yes the R is for Rega , I read that the Thorens spindle is shorter and the R is able to grab it .Works fine on mine , my mat is 3mm and only 7mm of spindle is left to grasp , and that's with no LP on the deck . I know nothing about the mat you mention , I have one of those Sonic Bliss shelf liner ones and the original of course . But the clamp is not heavy and helps flatten some lp's . I prefer the sound with the clamp , it seems slightly firmer in the bass region ?? Or maybe that's my brain saying "yes you didn't waste your money , it is better" But I use in mainly as part of my hand spin RCM set up so well worth the price for me .
dirklenart wrote:Hi JerAud
I've ordered a sheet of Dynamat today so I'll be installing it next week and I'll keep this thread updated on my findings.
Secondly, I've received Joels service kit today (after 2 days!). I had only time to install the new belt and it was spot on! The previous owner had installed a new belt she told me, but when I spinned 45 rpm records the platter really had to struggle and made noises until it come up to speed.
With the new belt from Joel the first thing I did was ... exactly. Spin a 45 rmp. No noises spinning up to 45 rmp and my Jimmy Reed at Carnegie (Steve Hoffman mastering) sounds as it should, I had some doubts after buying it this week. And I was right it seems.
Tomorrow I'll be doing the lubes from Joel.
Thirdly, I'm having doubts about the mat and clamp thing after reading some more threads. Get the feeling it might be a money sink and a thing just in your head (it sounds better because I've spent 150 dollars). So I'm barring that road at the moment. I might go for a cheaper or DIY cork (or cork/rubber mix) mat though just to see what happens soundwise.
Been finding my way into the vinyl market too and finding my path into that wood better and better. I've discovered it's better to spend more money on great remastered classics and albums from audiophile labels. It's the best sound improvement you can get. I have the Speakers Corner John Lee Hooker 'It serve you right to suffer' and the Audio Fidelity 45 rpm 'Jimmy Reed at Carnegie', mastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray. The 45 rpm B.B. King 'Folksinger' is on its way and I've been drooling over Steve Hoffmans Ricky Lee Jones s/t remaster.