I have a manual TT. It is well calibrated and serviced - it takes almost 10 seconds for the arm to descend. Change your damping fluid on the arm control lever to something thicker.
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The nature of the cue on my Vpi is such that I just move the arm of the cue slightly to start the decent and the arm lowers on its own in about 3 seconds. I also have a VPI that this cue is worn out and has no dampning on it's downward decent and I have to manually lower the arm with the cue, I actually like it better.
That would seem to be obvious, but it's not as easy as it seems due to the unipivot arm and the vpi anti-skating gizmo. I've tried my rig with and without the anti-skatie and overall I prefer the anti skate set at minimal correction. Peter Lederman (Sound-smith) is my guru in this area. What's your experience,czarivey.
My fingers are still precise to land unpivot Shure Brothers arm of broadcast turntables manually without help of cue lift.
In your case regardless of speed of landing, I would control lowering speed manually and while doing so would correct position at the same time or just like I've mentioned above land it manually.
If you lack precision, you can get some training gear or cheap record with cheap cartridge and practice landing manually and precise.
Like tooblue, I can move the lever slightly forward to really slow the decent, but I don't do that. It looks like I've picked up a habit from back in the day, where I wait for the arm to drop and then turn up the volume. This makes me scurry back to my chair to catch the start of track. I do the opposite when record ends. Am I alone in this practice (LOL)?
chakster - I too have a GST 801 packed away that needs lifter fluid, so also looking for a source for that.
*G* That Decca widget sounds great, but obviously was a real 'niche market' thing. I'd be surprised if any survived...
What would be a potential object that could perform this action? Not everyone is able to have the TT 'at hand', but it could be interesting if it could raise as well as lower the arm in a remote fashion.
Just a wild thought...;l)
What would be a potential object that could perform this action? Not everyone is able to have the TT ’at hand’, but it could be interesting if it could raise as well as lower the arm in a remote fashion.I tape a 6" X 1/16" diameter rod on top of a YT-260 Remote Control Motorized Camera Pan/Tilt
and tie a 1.5" sting from the rod to the arm lift lever.
The rod turn counterclockwise will push the arm lift lever down and the rod turn clockwise will pull the lever up.