Not a vinyl guy, but if you do this, make sure spindle hole is in Exact center....
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I use a hockey stick as a record weight. I had to reposition the tonearm (and some of my furniture) and the cat has learned (the hard way) to keep his distance when I'm spinning an LP, but the overall effect and improvement have been great. Something about the momentum. I'm thinking about trying two sticks to kind of smooth out the table. And maybe a straight-line tone arm at a later date.
I did it. Made me an experimental UFO-based record clamp by gluing a hockey puck to the bottom board. It's not a good thing sonically. Deadens the sound too much. Really take some of the life out of the LP. You can see it here:
Fremer didn't like it either.
A chunk of brass will be much better. I think McMaster-Carr has some 3" blanks you can drill. The hard part is nailing the center.
You guys should really not be making fun of this!I once made a platter out of a BMW M3 disc brake rotor. I then expanded on the idea to make a DJ version where I left the brake caliper on.Went from 33-1/3 to a dead stop in millseconds! Worked best with songs like "Hot Rod Lincoln",Deep Purple's "Highway Star",Bruce Springsteen "Racing in the Streets" and the Beatles "Drive my Car". Engine was a little noisier than most TT motors,though. (Sorry about this,but its been a while since you guys heard from me).
Seriously, I'm amazed on how much a weight / clamp can affect the sound of a table. Lee at Cryo-Freeze / Cryo-Parts / Locus Design let me borrow a Locus Design DampClamp for a while to use with my Teres table. The difference over the Teres hardwood clamp was amazing (for the better) in my system.
I'm "between tables" right now, but will definately ask to demo that weight again in my next system.
The table bearing quality and size and design will determine how much extra clamp weight it can handle. Also, sprung-loaded tables like an LP12 or old Duals will need to be adjusted for the new weight.
As for a hockey puck, they drill quite nicely. Just use a 0.281" drill bit (9/32). The puck will then fit snugly.
Pbb,,,I am so happy with my hockey sticks as weights that I wouldn't want to replace them. However, your idea of a graphite stick as tonearm appeals and I think I will try it next--the synergy should be great. And with all this talk about pucks, I'm thinking, you shave one down just right and what have you got? A stylus!! Stay tuned (he shoots, he scores!)
I just stumbled upon this thread. Has anyone else tried to use either a 10oz or 7oz hockey puck as a record weight? If so what were your thoughts on it? What table did you use it on? I'm trying to do the record weight on a budget until the TTWeight that are appropriate for my table are in stock.
Thanks in advance.