See, your brains are beginning to work, much more interesting, fun too . . .
LOL don't take this wrong but Ive just imagined you poping back in from the shed after
some experimenting. Keep up the good work, looking forward to finding out.
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I get it !!
Ok, me first cjsf ... Animal, Mineral or Vegetable ?
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A turnip table.................
Been unwell for a few days, so I've been playing with the 'bodged' TT. As said, I have taken from verious inspirational sources, applied my own logic from my experiances with speaker stands. Dicovering that you can take it to far, as we found back in the 80's, there is a sweet spot . . . even to the point of interface, a hard interface produces an oh so dry analitical sound, 'soften' things out and the tune becomes sweater to the ear. Technicaly perhaps 'not so good?' but from the listening and enjoyment angle, fars superior.
Curently listening to 'Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed' on Spotify, warming up the amps for a bit of a vinyl blast session . . .
So, have you put a cushion under your tt feet?
Or a cork mat?
'Black Horlicks' ?
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. . . . CJSF
Laugh . . . I thought about that a little, the interface was 4 sheets of kitchen towel . . . I had in mind using felt, sort of snooker table covering. No good thinking about it. I have stock, used it before, cut the shape out, it cant make any differance, bodge stage is the time to prove the point . . . ?
We were listening to the old favourit, 'Jazz at the PawnShop', I'm lucky to have an 'Atr Mastercut' version as well as the original double album. Lifted the stylus, faffed around and replaced the interfaces, droped the stylus . . . remarkable, the plucked base became so real, all instruments assumed a more solid position in the soundstage, everything simply became more real. When Hazel makes her own unprompted observations, you know you are on the right track.
I have earlier today been rebalancing the arm . . . more checking it, not done so for a month or two, I had already established the new setup was allowing a change in stylus force of 0.01 or less to be audible, (its actualy less, my digital ballance mesures to 3 points, but I cant believe it either) up to now I have always worked on 0.02 as the audible limit. I'm listening as I type, 'big earphones' style, the sharp, rich sound is amazing, 'drum solo', wow!!! Now changed over to an original copy of Nat King Cole, 'Love is the Thing', again the natural richness of sound is beautiful. It was this record not sounding right earlier that promted the stylus check.
So may be we have stumbled on 'Black Malted Milk', the felt happens to be black . . . My original description was; authority and chest lumping, base, base is still chest thumping but slightly cleaner, the authrity is 'with knobs on' . . . I can only think what I have done is alowing the cartridge and arm to dig deep working together. Says a lot for the rest of the system that it reacts so well to be able to persent this information. So much more to come from the amps and speakers and oh yes, those cheap cables . . . I have always believed in the importance of setting up the source right.
PS Tom Waits now on, so tight, that authrity again, the base plays rich and tunefull 'Diamonds on the Windshield' . . . . you would not believe this is a 'full valve set up'. M/C cartridge, MC step up transformer, valve phono stage playing in to a intigrated amp, set up in 20 watt Triode mode, 8 meters of K20 speaker cable to original PMC LB1 monitors. Pick the bones out of that?
So what was this tweak?
Wow! That's expensive felt, cjsf. Or Waitrose kitchen towel?
. . . . . ?????????????????
Got the 'bodge job' working realy well . . . but it looks pretty awfull, so now I have to refine it to the look pretty and work the same. The felt was an after thought DC . . . I've often found the finishing touch is often so simple and an accident of thought?
Ah well, a couple of hours of 'Horlicks time' . . . curently listening to 'the Fairfield Four' on Spotify, very relaxing.
i'm guessing it involves marmite, an inflatable mattress and an empty bottle of Vichy water..
Close, very close . . .
I've still no idea what's going on?
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