Take the arm away and place a Terminator airbearing TA instead. You can also consult Dgarretson at Agon. It´s a terrific performer (I´ve been running for 5.5 years now) and certainly will do justice for your magnificent DD TT, quite possibly the finest ever produced from those bold Japanese engineers. Congrats... and best of luck !
The anti-skate weight is not a simple weight on a thread, as in most tonearms that use such an AS device; it has a weight on one end of a nylon thread, and on the other end is a cylinder with a hole on one end that has to engage a tiny post located in a recessed area that can be found on the inner aspect of the vertical tower. The cylinder sits on the post; the thread winds around the dual pulley you can see on your tonearm, and the weight at the other end hangs in the breeze. A good machinist can make one for you, but you need to know the parameters. You might start by finding the post or prong to which I am referring, on the tonearm body. Also, you can get a lot of help from the L07D manual, which includes info on the tonearm, and you might do a search on the L07J tonearm itself. It is popular to diss the tonearm, but I think it's really quite good, in the class with the better M-S tonearms that bring big bucks. The "problem" with the tonearm is the wiring scheme between cartridge and preamp. Bypassing that is easy.
This is a great table to have in anyone's collection and if yours is in good
operating condition the sonic potential of this table is enormous,
My Lo7d has a second arm the Fidelity research 64s with a Lyra Olympus
cartridge , my all time preference, however this combination is only
reserved when I want best enjoyment from music.
The original kenwood arm I think Lewm is correct about changing the wire
something I have not got around doing , I did use some mm cartridges in it
and the performance was ok. With what you have I would put my efforts
into a better arm,...
To further enhance your LO7D to another level I recently purchased
Symposium Roller blocks super ball 3s double stack them under the LO7D
The science behind these roller blocks is immediately realized, yes there is
enormous potential with your LO7D.
Dear In_shore, You are certainly entitled to do what you want, but I would never put Rollerblocks under any turntable. I don't want movement of the chassis in the horizontal plane.
I'm with Lewn....this is a great way to ruin the sound of this table.
Lewm and Stringreen
I know and I fully agree not wanting any movement what so ever ,further
I was highly sceptical and no way did I want anything to do with this at first.
With the platter spinning the table is moving,that was my first thought that it would jiggle ,not the case.
With a gentle touch a wobble is ever so slight queuing the arm of course ,once done the table settles very quickly and you really have to watch for any movement but it's there.
No doubt this was done before with bad results and I could easily understand some of the problems why.
If there were the slightest detriment in sound or risk with such an expensive cartridge I wouldn't do it .And finally What! an upgrade for $800.00
Kudos to Symposium
I don't think there is any risk to your cartridge. I am concerned that you have a rotating mass, in the form of the platter assembly. If that mass is not perfectly centered with respect to the rollerblocks, then I wonder if there is a tendency for the entire tt to want to counter-rotate in a circular fashion, with the true center of mass as its center. The entire plinth is designed and built to prevent that, and here we add a modification that defeats the purpose. I doubt it's a big problem, and since I am only theorizing, I could be wrong, and it may be no problem at all.
Lewm it's just been a few days using them and giving more thought to it you make perfect sense .I'll curve my enthusiasm and look for something more suitable.initially they were only intended for under preamp ,amps and power supply's ,but my goodness how well they work.
In_Shore, I've had similar results with Stillpoints Ultra 5s under my L-07D-- including a fifth leg under the motor housing.
Harold, yes, the Trans-Fi arm sounds great on L-07D. However, in fairness to the Kenwood arm, I have not yet heard it-- owing to a missing antiskate string. Perhaps one of these days Lewm will forward a photo of the installed string as a model for reproduction...
How about now, Dave?
I did not know or I forgot you wanted this.
I am going nuts myself with re-mounting the tonearm on my own L07D. I took it out of its mount in order to re-wire it, which never got done either. Having given up on that, when I tried to re-install it, it now seems that the locking mechanism for the vertical shaft on the tonearm proper will not expand sufficiently to admit the vertical shaft loosely enough so it can then be cranked down to set VTA. The locking mechanism seems to be at max diameter, yet still the tonearm hangs up. I never had this problem with my other L07D. I am thinking of maybe greasing the shaft. I don't know what else to do at this point or why it was fitted fine when I bought this thing.
Lew, when I machined a brass arm base for Terminator to fit into the main position of the L-07D there was a narrow range of adjustment in the arm base collet. I wouldn't be afraid to twist the Kenwood arm down into the collet with a bit of prejudice.
Yep, that's what I finally did. But cranking it up and down to adjust VTA, with the collet "loose", is not at all like what it was with my previous L07D. Ironically, I bought this second one because it was sooooo new looking, quite minty. And sold my old one. It works OK, but I am not happy with the feel of it; it must be putting stress on the gears when I have to crank it down or up using the outer wheel, rather than the little crank wheel.