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!
on went the alphason hr100.
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.
all in all im very happy with my purchase