Zero 100SB Spins again!

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Zero 100SB Spins again!

Post by Gravitar8 » 10 Jul 2019 12:30

Not a major restore or overhaul but picked this tt up months ago from a seller who had 'given up on it'. In other words they didn't know what was wrong with it nor how to solve. Soooo I started with the obvious- ordered a new drive belt from Feebay which I fitted yesterday thinking the tt would need much more than a belt to come back to life. Well that's all it needed ;) apart from properly setting the tracking force/arm set up. There is one small thing left (besides some cleaning inside and relubing) and that is a headshell resolder on the wires: right now only one channel playback. When I tested the contacts inside the arm both channels were 'heard' in the headphones so I know i have a headshell wiring problem to solve.
What I did hear was stunningly surprising: smooth, mellow, balanced and very natural sounding. (An early Leonard Cohen LP pressed into service as a tester).
https://www.thesilo.ca/wp-content/uploa ... laying.mp4

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Post by Gravitar8 » 10 Jul 2019 12:34

Apolo's for the cross posting (though likely most of you reading this aren't necessarily following the Cartridge close up threads on the Forum) but here is another post of the cartridge/stylus.
https://scontent.fybz2-2.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5DAE6B23
https://scontent.fybz2-2.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5DBA824B

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Re: Zero 100SB Spins again!

Post by anmpr1 » 11 Jul 2019 00:20

The problem with this is your Stanton cartridge. Not the cartridge itself, which was excellent. At least it was, back in the day. The problem with Stanton, and its sister brand, Pickering, lies with Gibson. Gibson has a knack of screwing up everything they touch. Think about it. If Gibson is capable of screwing up Les Paul guitars, their heritage, why would they care much about Stanton? Very sad situation.

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Post by Gravitar8 » 11 Jul 2019 03:18

Glad i have the 'back in the day' version if what you're saying has merit. That being said, as a musician and recordist for the past 35 years I believe even SOME vintage Gibson have 'troubles' and SOME new guitars (even Epiphones for that matter) do not. You have to really pick up a guitar and look at it and feel it and judge with your head, heart and ears. I have an epiphone Strat that was recently set up in the shop and the techs said "good guitar even though its supposed to be crap" they realized and acknowledged that it was put together right regardless of the ink stamp on the headstock.

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