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Post by Fido » 09 Sep 2008 22:25

Haahaa...I finally got it! Here's the old girl and she sounds good! I have had this table for 28 years and it is completely original. Heck it was in my attic for 10 years. The motor is kind of noisy now, but it has the good Haydon motor. The springs are weak and loosey-goosey. But hey...she sounds every bit as good as my Rega P3. Rock On!


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Post by Fido » 10 Sep 2008 00:33

Thanks Marc. Yes I have been studying a little an have some stuff going as we speak...lol...you guys are great.

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Post by Fido » 10 Sep 2008 13:15

Can anyone tell me what year my TT is by looking at the label there? In case you can't read it too well the serial number is: XA268994
It has single Haydon motor, vinyl veneer particle board chassis and solid aluminum one-piece subchassis. No Delrin.

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Post by Fido » 10 Sep 2008 14:26

Yes Marc. Steel not Delrin. I have been perusing Vinyl Nirvana. I can't find an actual year. I have only found that mine is a later version.

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Post by RockysDad » 12 Sep 2008 23:10

Here is my contribution to this thread...

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Post by danieldust » 13 Sep 2008 02:14

I remember seeing that unit before. That was one of the ones that inspired me to redo the cosmetic stuff on mine. An fantastic looking table. I think that paint is just about the same as the stuff I used.

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Post by RockysDad » 15 Sep 2008 22:06

I think this hammertone type paint is catching on and everyone seems to be trying it. Looking back, I wish I went with maybe a different color just to be, well, different. There was a dark emerald green color that I was looking at but then chose the dark gunmetal grey instead. That green and the natural walnut would have been a great combination. Oh well...

I need to rebuild one of my tube pre-amps and will probably go this route next time. If it looks good then my power amp will follow. Then soon after that I'll be in the mood to redo my AX and add a new arm and might as well repaint the chassis... etc.... etc... etc...

Hummm.... too many fun projects and too little time... :-(

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Post by ddarch » 16 Sep 2008 08:00

Rocky's Dad,

My camera was not so hot back when I took these, but this was my FIRST modded XA. It took me soooo long to finish. The color is an emerald green ...it looked MUCH better than the pics reveal...

http://www.vinylnirvana.com/gallery/ar_mod_1_04.jpg

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http://www.vinylnirvana.com/ar_gallery_mod_1.shtml

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Post by lumendog » 15 Oct 2008 04:26

I just got my AR XA up and running. It beats my systemdek IIX. I have a modded rega 250 for a tonearm. Here is my first try at loading pics. It is a blue hammertone shade.
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Post by snfrosten » 15 Oct 2008 21:26

Excellent looking table!! Plinth is beautiful and the arm looks great.

Which cartridge are you using?

Blows away the Systemdek, not surprised, I have other people tell the same story about their Regas and Pro-jects.

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Post by lumendog » 15 Oct 2008 22:00

I am using a denon dl160 mated to an origin live modified rega 250. The arm has a modified arm stub, slotted and polished arm tube with new internal wiring. I purchased it off the bay for a great price. I use an expressimo lift for the arm so it lifts up at the end of play.

The plinth is a walnut veneered version. The top plate and subchassis were modified by snfrosten. A great job!!

I am off a little of vta wise, and was thinking about using a spacer on top of the cartridge. Anyone have any experience with this?

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Post by ddarch » 15 Oct 2008 22:38

Nice! The paint job and arm installation look wonderful!

I thought I recognized Steve's work...another gem!

Anyone contemplating this upgrade should contact Steve and take advantage of his incredibly fair pricing.

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Post by snfrosten » 16 Oct 2008 01:23

Thanks for the comps but congrats goes to the lumendog for a great build.

Thats a nice arm/ cartridge combination, I've set up the Denon DL110 and DL160 on the Rega arms and they sound great. Highly recommended. I found they sounded focused with the vta a hair high to the back. You can use a spacer under the cartridge or install a after market VTA adjuster if you desire. The high output Denon MCs are bargain at their prices, sounding better then cartridges twice the price.

Good luck with great looking and sounding table.

Steve.

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Post by Fido » 19 Oct 2008 13:24

Very nice table lumendog! Yes I give another vote on Steve's work. He helped me out on my AR "The Turntable" and it sounds killer now. Very nice man and just an all around great amurrricun.

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Post by danieldust » 20 Oct 2008 15:42

Beautiful TT and arm. I like the silver finish on the arm.

I am starting to think that Snfrosten-modified ARs are going to be sought after some day.

Steve, you need to create some kind of little badge with your name on it and attach to all the TTs you modify.

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