@halcro - smart :)
Here is an info I got form an experienced Decca user:
"Clicking and clunking sound when stylus is lowered into or raised from
the groove is, IMO, mainly associated with VTA/SRA settings. At some
point of VTA/SRA adjustment, the contact noise will disappear. Of
course, other adjustments such as bias, leveling, tracking angle, etc.
also come into the picture. Make adjustments as needed."
And another bit of info from the net:
"It really does seem that the better the diamond profile, the less of a
problem the extreme treble is and obviously arm damping and resonances
aids this as well. You can always tell if a Decca is misbehaving as the
nasal sounding "snap" as the stylus enters the groove is quite
Was wondering if other LDR users second that. I definitely have this short "snap" sound, which until recently I though was inherent to the design.