Show off your AR XA tables

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by Jp267 » 25 Feb 2018 17:07

Awesome info thank you.The turntable was professionally serviced before I purchased it.Tone arm tuned up, belt changed etc.Not sure why the cartridge wasn't changed. It tracks wonderfully though.

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by Flasher1 » 25 Feb 2018 18:54

Does anyone (Steve) know if a spring change is required when changing an XA arm to a Rega RB300 arm?

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by snfrosten » 25 Feb 2018 20:54

The Rega is a bit heavier so I would at least upgrade the spring on the arm side like the newer AR's had, but really all new springs with the same rate should be used.

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Post by Flasher1 » 26 Feb 2018 01:50

What springs do you use on your fegaarm swaps?
I have a red spring from an old ES-1 and was thinking about using that with stock springs.

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by Flasher1 » 26 Feb 2018 14:34

Tonearm swaps.

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by 1200y3 » 26 Feb 2018 16:27

Does your platter bottom out (ride on the surface of the top plate) when you add another record or mat?

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by snfrosten » 26 Feb 2018 23:54

The red spring would work with the Rega arm swap as long as the armboard is not too heavy.
I use Linn springs normally on all my rebuilds.

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by ARL » 26 Mar 2018 14:05

My AR XA - tonearm support is missing but a mini paint roller was handy for the task and there's a tenacious layer of crud on the deck. But with that rubber & cork mat and being well lubed, it is dead silent in operation. And, the Shure V15V-MR w/OEM stylus produces what I would call a "panoramic view" of any recording.
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Post by pivot » 26 Mar 2018 15:04

For some vintage of XA, AR used a rubbery compound "paint" treatment on the top plate. It didn't age well and that's most likely the "tenacious layer of crud on the deck". Had to dismantle my XA and use paint stripper to totally remove it. Repainted with Rust-Oleum.

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Post by ARL » 26 Mar 2018 15:28

Interesting - I did not know that. So do you suppose that might have been a resonance damping thing? I had considered rubberizing various parts to kill any resonance of the metal parts. A full teardown & refinish is in order. Then again, as it is, it would not be a tempting item for a thief and it is kind of fun to impress audiophiles with the sound a cruddy looking machine can produce :)

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by vishalk » 26 Mar 2018 20:08

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Took 6 months to build but we are finally (almost there actually)!

If you're interested please see the build thread below.

http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php? ... ce.785975/

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by 1200y3 » 27 Mar 2018 07:49

Thanks for showing such vivid detail on AK. You literally made a $50 turntable "legal tender". (To the tune of about 50 times more.)

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by vishalk » 27 Mar 2018 18:35

1200y3 wrote:Thanks for showing such vivid detail on AK. You literally made a $50 turntable "legal tender". (To the tune of about 50 times more.)
Thanks thought it would give a little inspiration!

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by derspankster » 28 Mar 2018 15:57

Beautiful work. One question - your counterweight doesn't appear to be brass. Is that a function of the amount of polishing you did?

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by vishalk » 28 Mar 2018 16:02

derspankster wrote:Beautiful work. One question - your counterweight doesn't appear to be brass. Is that a function of the amount of polishing you did?
I think my particular one isn't brass, i know one of the models came with a brass counter weight, some were probably plated. If mine was plated it would've polished down to the brass. So mine is not brass which i was hoping it was!

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