Peter was amazing fixing my Airtight PC-1 for minimal $$ - very honest about doing just what needs to be done - not gouging customers. Very impressed!
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Brf, the word "failed" is a bit strong. I had about about 1500 hours on the Zephyr when I sent it in. There's a rub though. Peter told me that the wear pattern suggested the AS was off. For those who are familiar with the VPI Classic, it goes with the territory. VPI thinks AS is over-hyped. Peter disagrees.
I hooked up the VPI AS device (fish wire) that came with the TT. My sense is that less, way less, is more. What I mean is that when I set up the AS with what I thought was minimal AS force, based on a visual look-see, it appeared that the cantilever was deflecting in a way that suggested too much AS force was applied. I reduced the AS force to just about the absolute minimum I could. I'll see how well I fare.
There was a good AS discussion thread going here recently. It appears a majority of audiophiles prefer no AS at all. It is especially true of VPI tables. I removed the AS device altogether from my Classic and never looked back. This was after a friend of mine told me he preferred the sound on his Classic without AS. Before removing the device, I tested different AS settings with a test record and honestly heard no difference whatsoever. Perhaps the Valhalla wiring in the tonearm provides just enough resistance to work as AS, I'm not sure, but the sound is more open and has more air with no AS.
My suggestion would be to at least give no AS a try while experimenting with different levels of AS. It seems that many people are reluctant to believe no AS at all can be the way to go.
Actureus, thanks for your comment. As I mentioned above, I've historically passed on using AS and Peter told me the Zephyr stylus was worn in a way that suggested an AS issue. As I also said, I'm using the least amount of weight possible - just one O-ring. Maybe I try what Brf is doing: not using any O-rings.