While resting form his first lap of the race Deft2 has had a new type of damper fitted that has significantly increased the dynamics.
Do you remember when you were a kid with Plasticine or Play Doh or whatever you called the stuff you could mould into almost anything?. One used to roll it out into long sausage shapes under the fingers.
I took a tiny blob of Blutack did the same thing getting it to the diameter of a sewing needle approximately, and taking two tiny lengths I applied it to the sides of the stylus body, then slipped the stylus back on to the cart. The Blutack appears to have secured the stylus well and the difference in sound stage was very evident, mostly I noticed an increased depth and I think a somewhat better separation. It is definitely worth doing, it's just a pity the manufacturer hadn't made the stylus a better fit, as it is very loose in the cart.
I'll post a few pics when I get some good daylight but here is the Deft2 making a nice match to my SME 309. If you look closely you can just about see a tiny bit of the Blutack protruding at the top of the stylus body.
Full report to follow but as a primer let me just say I would never have imagined how good this budget cart would sound
Thanks to B50 for kindly letting me audition it.