Thanks Marc, Thanks Pivot for you thoughtful posts.
Pivot, the motor is pretty good I think it is strong and quiet, shows no sign of being out of round either when running or not until you put the pulley on. I am not totally sure what is wobbling, my personal table has a bit of the same thing going on but to a much smaller degree and in the process of figuring this out, I will probably have a better table. Part of what this is all about for me is learning more so I can not only make a nice table for resale but also make mine better without spending a fortune(which I don't really have). I will try to see if it is bent in some way. Do you think it is strange that it comes off so easily, when I first did this AR (when they were still in business) said stand on the table if you need to, to get it off, it was on there pretty good. The pulley is feather light and I can see how more mass could help, ergo people filling with whatever. I have heard such good things about Dave's pulley, but geezeee it is expensive. I don't think I would even spend that on my table never mind one that will get shipped off. The table for all its cosmetic problems is actually pretty good audio wise and matches up with the Stanton 680 I put on it very nicely, I guess a whole other subject, I sure like the 600 series Stanton on the AR-XA, really brings it to life without a hint of harshness.
Marc, I agree.... where to start. You always impress me with your knowledge and your willingness to share it with us neophytes. It seems that much of the contact issue can not be resolved no matter how much better the pulley may be, other than getting a tad more out of it by not having high spots. Personally In don't care if my table has the capability to play 45's but it might limit the market for it, but maybe not, most people don't have the patience for just a 20 minute album side never mind a 5 minute track that you have to jump up to take off because there is no auto return. I will have to read your post a few more times to see what I can glean from it.
Are there other options for pulleys? Who may manufacturer them and who may sell them? The cost of Dave's pulley is twice what I paid for the table, I did get a good buy but I have a hard time believing anyone will think that was a good investment and pay additional for the table.