townshend elite rock 2 with zeta tonearm.

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jamie123
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townshend elite rock 2 with zeta tonearm.

Post by jamie123 » 16 Dec 2017 12:17

im new to this site but im a regular on a few uk forums.
heres my turntable set up,classic british gear from the 80's

ive just changed my tonearm from an alphason hr100 mcs to another great giant killing arm,the zeta,i bought it from a lovely guy in the states called steve,i think he runs the analogue planet website.
any way here's some pics.

the rock 2 had been stored in the loft since early 80's,the guy who i bought it from said his daughter was given it as a present from her boyfriend who worked at townshends,she wasn't into vinyl and it was put in the loft!

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on went the alphason hr100.
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this combo sounded very good with various cartridges,2m black,zyx and my current cartridge which is a re-tipped decca C4E.

ive always lusted over the zeta tonearm and when one was offered to me i grabbed it,i also think its better suited to the decca being 16g as opposed to the alphson's 11g mass.

here's some photo's after setting it up properly yesterday.
there's no 'night and day' difference over the hr100 but then i new there wouldn't be,both highly regarded arms.
the zeta feels and looks like its been very well engineered,solid looking stance and up for a fight!

the bias setting is like a breath of fresh air compared to the hr100's string and weight method,the zeta uses a small dial to adjust bias,balancing the arm in the centre of the platter small increments anti or clockwise has the arm moving to the left or to the right,try doing that with the alphason!

both arms handle the decca c4e,i have a gut feeling the zeta is better suited though being 5g heavier than the hr100.
once the longer cartridge bolts arrive i'll stick the rock paddle back on,the extra weight moves the counter weight further outwards,i might make up some heavier counter weight plates in brass to bring it closer in.
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all in all im very happy with my purchase :)

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Re: townshend elite rock 2 with zeta tonearm.

Post by StephDale » 16 Dec 2017 12:29

I too have a Zeta, in my case it's in a very late Thorens TD160. I had mine rewired with the Incognito silver rewire by Mike Harris at Moth, which was well worth doing.

I've also recently been playing with a decoupled counterweight, although I'm not certain that would work for you with the weight of the cartridge and position of your counterweight.

Have you got both additional weights in the counterweight at the moment? If so that must be one heavy cartridge!

Steph

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Re: townshend elite rock 2 with zeta tonearm.

Post by jamie123 » 16 Dec 2017 12:31

hi,
mine too has the vdh silver wire,the cartridge weighs 13g the rock paddle adds another 3g!

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Re: townshend elite rock 2 with zeta tonearm.

Post by StephDale » 16 Dec 2017 14:22

jamie123 wrote:hi,
mine too has the vdh silver wire,the cartridge weighs 13g the rock paddle adds another 3g!
Good grief! Sounds like you need to find some lead sheet or tungsten from somewhere to make some new weights.

Steph

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Re: townshend elite rock 2 with zeta tonearm.

Post by nat » 17 Dec 2017 02:13

Are you going to use the damping with the Zeta? Seems like that is the whole point with the Townshend.
NIce situation to be in - dumping an Alphason for an even better (I hope) arm.

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