Congrats on the score!
with an SME III arm and a VDH MM-1 cart.
Not crazy about the arm.
I'm thrilled with mine!
Let me suggest a couple of things:
I don't know that cart, but have always heard that the
VDHs tend to sound a bit "skitzy".
The arm CAN be that way too, hence maybe not a good
Try some other carts, particularly ones that lean more
towards the "mellow" like Grados, ADC-XLM, etc.
Just make sure they're high compliance!
The higher the better!.
Try either enabling or disabling the fluid dampening,
depending on whether you're using it currently or not.
Back in the day, when this arm was current, the fluid
damping was a bugaboo.
Some liked it, some didn't, and it varied with which cart
My big quandary is now 50% of my friends don't want
me to change anything and the others are
encouraging me to do what I want.
I know I want to live with it as is for a while.
Do yourself a favor...
Buy another one thats a bit beat up for cheap.
Tear into that one to your hearts content and leave the
nice original alone, and enjoy it for what it is.
Later on, when you've gotten past just listening to IT,
and tweaking the other... choose one to sell and make
your money back.
It has a real wood plinth, but plain walnut is so boring
(just as bad as oak), I would like to refinish it as ebony
or at least black walnut.
I've found that a VERY thorough cleaning of the
wood before tung oil or the like... really helps the grain
(nice and cleaned out) come through.
It also seems to remove a bit of stain and lighten the hue
a tiny bit, which is nice.
That 60s stain always looked to dark and dingey to me.
Or should I keep the original plinth and make another
and play with stains on that one?
Play around with stains on the second table... make
different plinths too...
Play to your hearts content.
This is the way to have no regrets.
They're cheap enough.
Yes I know this is a picture thread, but I have 3 major
picnics in a row. I will try to take a picture this weekend.
Don't sweat it on when you post the pics...
Just make sure you DO post them eventually!
Do exactly as says with the connectors.
Also bear in mind that they have tiny weakened springs
behind the pins.
The Deoxit will help prevent them from sticking in the
compressed position, but jiggle them a bit when they seem
to be compressed.