Essential part of a TT service most forget about?
Having another listen this morning to the revitalised sound by 'remaking the connections' . . . you may have seen the title in the hifi forum. One reflects on the past couple of years, change after change, 1% here a couple of percent there, even half a percent, hardly audible but they all ad up as a whole to a solid '+' performance. As I have said many times; 'the sum of the parts . . . etc'. So here I am listening and enjoying music from my simple, no cost upgrade, 'remake connections' bringing musical pleasure to my ears. At the same time reading some web sites, I ran across a post that mentioned dry platter bearing and the obvious problems I have not looked at my bearing oil for over 12 months . . . more like 18 in truth Having recently increased the mass of my Rega glass platter to 3.2kg . . . the bearing thread rang a bell in my mind. I have some Isokinetik TT bearing oil, specially formulated for the job, they say? So lets give it a go, everything to gain. Believe me lifting 3.2kg of platter from the sub platter is not easy, I need bigger hands, once moving it has to keep coming with out lifting the sub platter. Platter and sub platter off, there was evidence of 'oil creep' and a little bearing wear in the residue. Oil creep means oil level will be low, examining the bearing spindle showed no sign of visable wear. Removed the old oil with a pippet, cleaned up and replace with fresh oil, lightly oiled the spindle, it took a good few minuets to drop back into the female section, even with 1kg of weight on top. A test finger spin had it turning for what seemed like for ever, happy. Record in place, carry on listening . . . we, Hazel and me, really did not expect any noticeable change. Think again, small yes, but tighten up it did, small in percentage changes but there was an audible positive. I had put on the last record we had listen to, Art Garfunkels 1978 album 'Watermark'. Not expecting a change but one has so often noticed these tiny improvements and presentation offerings, I cant say I was that surprised. Another 'tweak'? is it a tweak? . . . We change the oil in our cars, an oil change on a TT bearing in retrospect seems a natural thing to do every, say 12 months, the bonus for me, tightening my sound up, the real purpose was to preserve the bearings life. A bottle of oil is much cheaper than a new bearing and it may well improve the sound of your TT? CJSF