Life been a little disjointed recently so hi fi has taken a back seat, music listening has been mostly Spotify. I have made changes to the workings of my system but with no follow up, things like moving speakers, re doing the TT support/isolation system. Then I had a mad moment in the middle of all this change, new speaker cable . . . why!!!
So I sat down at the weekend and regrouped, the brain was in a turmoil of things to do, things to be done, pressure from outside sources and the constant concern for Hazels health . . . Other than Hazel, none of the others were major issues.
I put some vinyl on, relaxed . . . sort of . . . it was not sounding as good as it had a few weeks ago, I thought? The sound stage was boxed in, the width and depth had gone?
The most significant thing was a change to some homemade wooden cones, they had improved the information retrieval but the image was defiantly affected. I dont understand why I had not noticed this on Friday when I made the change? . . . Begs the question, is frame of mind important when making changes to the system?
I fiddled with this and that, checked the speakers, they were not set solid! Still no improvement . . . all seemed OK. Then the only thing was the affect the new cones was having, it was positive in retrieval, therefor was the cartridge being held back? had it got more to offer . . .
When I had been playing with cartridges a few months back I could dial in the sound with the tracking weight, when I installed the Sumiko this dialling process was ineffective, 2gs was it as recomended! ??? worth a try, I thought. The tracking weight changes I used were minute, perceived by ear. It did not work before? . . . The cartridge indeed was being held back, three tiny reductions in the tracking weight gradually opened the sound stage and put the air back around the performance.
The point of the thread, how much more has your TT got to give, setting to the recommendations is only the beginning, you have changed alsorts since then? Minor changes elsewhere may offer extra at the source of retrieval?