Leather Mats

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Leather Mats

Post by southern man » 22 Nov 2018 06:55

Hi
I recently put a leather mat on my VPI Scout Jr. It is replacing a felt mat. Both mats are 1/16 of an inch thick. It seems to be clearer and cleaner with the leather. Is this true or can it be a placebo effect?

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by Alec124c41 » 22 Nov 2018 15:23

Trust your ears. It is true. :)
I have leather mats on both of my Heybrook TT2 turntables, after experimenting with a number of materials.
IMO, cleaner bass than felt, better midrange detail, and somehow, less noise at the top.

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by Pscm » 23 Nov 2018 01:00

I just f2f I'd this to my junior. Made it from a softer leather from works upholstery shop. I definately agree with mids are noticably better.

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by hobie1dog » 23 Nov 2018 01:09

I'm not changing mats as you always seem to mess up the VTA when you do.

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by southern man » 23 Nov 2018 08:22

Thanks guys,

It is good to know leather enhances sound.

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by bernard1 » 23 Nov 2018 11:16

Leather, ok, but which one? Bull, cow, calf, goat, lizard, gregory peccary?

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by R_Polli » 23 Nov 2018 13:29

I'm afraid of leather that the music sounds too animalistic then. I have a cork mat mixed with black rubber, so the music sounds really nice dark :mrgreen: :twisted:

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by Alec124c41 » 23 Nov 2018 15:01

I use a thin, soft leather.

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by bernard1 » 23 Nov 2018 15:52

R_Polli wrote:
23 Nov 2018 13:29
I have a cork mat mixed with black rubber, so the music sounds really nice dark :mrgreen: :twisted:
I've been told that mats made of recycled wine corks give your music a special tannic sound. Or was is it tonic ?

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by R_Polli » 23 Nov 2018 17:08

Joking aside, what about static electricity and leather?

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by Alec124c41 » 23 Nov 2018 17:14

R_Polli wrote:
23 Nov 2018 17:08
Joking aside, what about static electricity and leather?
Not a problem.
If you are having static problems with any mat, try wiping it with a damp dryer anti-static tissue.

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by southern man » 06 Dec 2018 08:48

Hi guys
I have another question. Is there a difference in sound quality between suede and plain old leather?

Thanks

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by fudgemaster » 06 Dec 2018 11:44

Can you use a leather mat if you're vegan? ;-)
I now use a leather mat, cut from some old Connolly hide used for furniture, many years ago. It's approx.1.5mm thick, as far as I can determine, so may well have trimmed the VTA a little, but things certainly sound better with it. As the leather has a shiny side, used downwards, soft suede side uppermost, I do wonder whether softer leather, such as a car chamois might be worth a try?

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by southern man » 07 Dec 2018 04:45

Thanks fudgemaster

I’m new on tweeking vinyl so this is all interesting!

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Re: Leather Mats

Post by fudgemaster » 07 Dec 2018 21:57

I have also tried roofing rubber, vinyl rubber, cork, but other than the original Rega felt mat, prefer this leather mat. I bought a chamois leather this afternoon, very thin but will experiment with it.
The seller recommended using warm water and washing up liquid to remove the tanning oils, but I will leave it as it is for now, as I don't want to stiffen it.

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