dixlon wrote:Hi Wayne,
Hope all is well. Wanted to see if you still love your Classic 1?
I'm thinking of buying the classic 3 and mating it with Lyra Delos cart.
I have a couple of questions about the classic that you may have the answers to.
1. The on-the-fly adjustable VTA I can adjust the VTA for all 140,180 and 200 vinyl records I own. I can just set the recorded VTA for what record weight I play correct? If adjusted correctly it won't hurt the cart?
2. Is the center weight and outer edge ring a must haves since they really lock down the soundstage and can I use it for records that are not warped?
3. Do I need to buy the SDS to better control the speed?
Thanks for your help.
Classic/Delos combo is a good one. I'm using a Delos on my Classic I and love it.
Regarding your questions:
1) Yes, the on-the-fly VTA adjustment knob has a vernier scale on it so that you can record the settings for each thickness of record. It does not hurt the cartridge to adjust VTA during play. Too high or too low VTA will not harm the cartridge, either, but it can certainly affect the sound. What you will probably find is that you'll settle on 1 VTA setting that works well for most of your records.
2) The HRX weight and the periphery ring-clamp are included as standard equipment with the Classic 3. The ring-clamp is not entirely necessary, but the center clamp is. VPI 'platters are optimized to work with a center clamp or weight of some kind to couple the record to the platter. The HRX stainless steel weight is nice, but personally I prefer the 2.3 lb. brass screw-down clamp from TTWeights on my VPI 'tables. The 'table will play and sound fine without the ring clamp, but its primary functions are to give the last degree of coupling of record and platter and, in conjunction with the HRX weight, to add more rotating mass to the platter to improve speed stability. The ring clamp is also very effective at flattening edge-warps. I use a ring-clamp on my Classic I. Since the Classic 3 comes with the ring clamp, I would certainly use it. And Yes, you can most certainly use the weight and clamp on records that are not warped.
3) The SDS is not necessary with the Classic 'tables unless you are just completely anal about the last little nth degree of speed accuracy. I don't use one with my Classic I, but I do use an SDS with my VPI Aries I 'table.