hi all, I am looking seriously at the Clearaudio Concept TT. Damn it looks fine. There are several things I particularly like about it. One is that its not glossy, so its not going to have grubby fingermarks all over it in the first 5 minutes and look like a dogs breakfast. Another is the nice sized (height) platter, and the arm looks really solid and doesn't have that dodgy "fishing line" business running around the place for the counterweight that I despise (but that's just me). (ruling out 90% of the Project arms/ TT combos).
But if you don't mind i have a few questions to those who own one or know about this TT tho:
1:/ The speed selector knob...first position is 0. Is that "off"? or is it just = "not spinning". ie is there an "off" switch that must be flicked as well to walk away from it?
2:/ The platter looks heavy. What is the spin-up time? I get kinda impatient if it takes a long time for a platter to get to speed. Does it need a "helping hand" to get started as it moans and complains or does it jump fairly fast to speed...5 seconds? or 10? ive seen some platters take like 20 seconds or more to finally be-grudgingly get started. Sometimes its a loose belt thing, other times its just a design thing and "the way it is". Ive found if it takes too long to spin up and down, then I tend to get frustrated and attempt to whip off and on records as it turns instead of stopping it, and then its a 50/50 crapshoot as to whether I might scuff the vinyl surface and I don't want to take that chance...basically I don't trust myself hehe.
3:/ the tonearm wire...damn that looks like an opportunity to catch something on and tear out. Heres the thing...some pics of the TT online show it without the external wire, some have the wire in an external hoop loud-and-proud sticking up into the air? is there a version with the wire internally into the arm? or is that an easy mod that others have done?
4:/ the dustcover. Could be a dealbreaker for me. Has anyone managed to attach a suitable one to the rear like eg Technics 1200 dust cover operates? flip it up and down? or must it be this whole deck-consuming sized thing that goes down to the bench and needs both hands and lots of space above to vertically lift off completely, then a place to put it down where I wont fall over it and take a chunk out of it etc. It seems like a pain to me. Half the time I have a record already in one hand ready to play as i approach my TT and just flip up the dust cover with my other hand. This seems like a real pain with it separate. If its an easy mod that others have done with a flip-up dustcover then I will be in business.