I have posted some pictures of my new AR XA here: viewtopic.php?f=34&t=14435&start=570
I am very certain that I am going to ask nothing here that has not been asked already.
I was fortunate enough to get some spares with this as well, in total I got 3 more black head shells - two of which have screws in them of differing lenghts, in total I have 4 head shells. As an added bonus I got a XA spare arm wand as well.
The unit came fitted with a Stanton 691E which whilst fine, it is not a new stylus.
The issues are:
1. From a distance the arm looks like it is lower at the bearing end, is that correct or is it missing the 7/32" ball bearing?
2. Slight wobble in the platter in the vertical plane, what is the cause and can it be corrected?
3. There are no feet on this of any kind, I am thinking of adding some spikes, will that Help?
4. I can not find a stylus for the Stanton 691E but can find 681E which I assume is a step down? Has anyone experience of using a Stanton on the AR XA?
5. Is there a ball bearing in the main platter shaft? Is it the same size as the arm bearing shaft 7/32"?
To put this all in perspective, the turntable was transported by car about 10 miles or so. I left it until yesterday before I connected it up to the current system, which is Technics SU-V3 (which I picked up at an auction house with a Brenell STB-1), I had to change the round 2 pin mains plug on that. The speakers are Kef Cantor III from the early-mid 1980s.
I have the Williamson Amps to rebuild and a set of Dynastatics with Shackman electrostatics which I am going to re-house in a new cabinet.
When I fired the turntable up yesterday, I was very impressed that the suspension did not need adjusting and all seems to be fine, no binding or sticking from platter or tonearm bearing.
I have been listening to a wide range of music, it loves jazz and classical but dislikes records that are worn. As none of this has been used in 20 years plus it is going to take some time for it all to balance out sound wise. But first impressions are that I am impressed. The last turntable I had was Garrard 401 with SME 2 and I think this is way better, more cohesive.
As I have so many head shells, I have options for cartridges are differing ones will suit differing discs and musical styles. I currently have a Denon DL103 but need to connect up my Project Phono USB and a Goldring G800E, I may have another cartridge but at this moment no idea as I recently moved house.
So the other questions are:
1. other than cleaning out the bearings and re-oiling.
2. has anyone tried a Goldring Cartridge in the AR XA?
3. Are my assumptions that the Denon will work the best the right assumptions, is there any thing I need to do, like adding shims or extra weight at counterbalance end?
As for the condition of this deck you can see from the pictures how well looked after it has been, the top plate finish is on the lighter side of black, could it be a changer over model from the brown paint still left in the system? The finish is slightly raised with what can only be described as glass like bubbles, no wearing or rubbing. The only modification I have come across so far (as I have not had a look inside for fear of breaking tone arm wires), is that it has had phono sockets added on the back.
I have listened to a number of old recordings: Mercury Living Prescence, RCA Living stereo, not tried a UK Decca yet but Ella never sounded better US Verve 1956. The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy was the first disc I popped on. Kate Bush was good too but I think that I can improve on what I have already.
I have no desire to go poking around underneath, the belt needs to be replaced it is a little slack but not overly so. Well off to the industrial place across the street to get some bearings, and into town for IPA and sewing machine oil. I got some with it but it may be old and past its best, I have some somewhere already.