Looking for thoughts from Nottingham Analog table owners


Really like the looks and the build quality of the Nottingham tables, and it does not hurt that I am originally from Nottingham, England to start with...lol
But I have read a few reviews that claim they are pretty tricky to set up and some suffer 60hz hum fairly easily?
Would like to hear from actual owners, your arms, carts etc
Would be upgrading from a Funk Firm Vector with Grado Gold which is deathly quiet as far as hum and in its own right is very musical in my rig.
Thank you
uberwaltz
I have the Ace Spacedeck with Ace Space arm. Never had any problem with hum (in fact, first time I've heard that), and quite honestly, the overall setup is pretty simple and straightforward.  Proper attention needs paid to what it sits on, but that can be said about most turntables.  I've never heard your current 'table so can't comment on what sound differences would exist, but I love the way my Nott' brings across the music. Expressive, rythmic, dynamic, and gets the goosebumps popping and foot tapping.  I've had a number of 'tables in my audio life -- some cheaper, some more expensive -- and like the Nott' the best.  It just pushes all my buttons (which is a subjective, personal preference thing to be sure)  Wide range of cartridges: Benz Lo2, Benz MC-SCHEU, Cartridge Man Music Maker, Grado Reference, an Elac and a Goldring I can't remember the models of, Zu modded Denon DL-103, and currently a Koetsu Black.  The Ace Space arm is medium mass, so low compliance carts like the Zu and Koetsu need a little extra mass at the headshell to get the resonant frequency right. 

A couple things I don't like, but live with and work around:  there is no azimuth adjustment on the Ace-Space (or any of the Nott' arms, as far as I know).  You can reportedly twist the headshell in the arm tube to change it, but I couldn't get mine to budge, and even if I could that's a ridiculous method for adjusting azimuth. But there's a workaround for that.  I'm also not  delighted with the way the arm post mates with the armboard. There's an outer collet that you snug in with setscrews to secure the arm in place, but with the tolerances involved it's easy to cock the arm out of perpendicular as you tighten the setscrews. Possible of course, just something that needs paid attention to.  But all that said, I'm not sure there's any analog rig in this price bracket that has every aspect nailed to perfection, so it comes down to finding the sound you want and the tradeoffs you're willing to live with.




@bcowen
Thank you for your insights, just the sort of info I need from actual owners
Think it was a review in AbsoluteSound that had major problems with 60hz hum. They ended up preferring a Rega over the Nottingham Interspace.
I am fairly happy with present deck but you know how that goes, grass is always greener on the other side.....
I was also looking at a nottingham analog studio  tracer 2 cart to go with the interspace deck, any experience with that cart?
I hate to be the one, but I can't resist. I'm planning on hearing the Analogue Works table soon. The dealer I spoke with has experience with Nott's, and says the AW tables are a bit more lively sounding. I also like the fact the tables I will listen to are fitted with Ortofon (12") and Jelco arms. I think it's hard to do better than the latter for the price. As a bonus, I prefer the look of the AW tables, which remind me of the Palmer tables. I have no affiliation... just personal interest in the line. I'm sure they share certain qualities to the Nott's, since they are based on Mr. Fletcher's designs. As far as the livelier presentation, assuming that the Nott sound is darker, I'm sure that will be about taste, and system synergy. Cheers -Don
@uberwaltz   Sorry, but I have no experience with any of the Nottingham cartridges.

@fjn04   There's also the Pear Audio 'tables that are very similar to the Nottingham(s).  In fact, the Cornet 2 tonearm is nearly identical to the Ace-Space with what look like only minor aesthetic changes:

http://pearaudio-analogue.com/products.html
Before buying NAS, I had bought a Lynn Basic, because I thought the LP12 was not sufficiently better than the Basic to justify the price. Then I heard a NA Hyperspace, and was sold.

So I talked with Tom Fletcher (owner) at NA, and I ended up buying one of the last Mentor turntables (Dais bearing), with Mentor arm and Tracer 4 cartridge. Wow!!! Dead quiet, elegant, neutral sound. Wow.

The Tracer 4 was not misnamed - it's never mistracked anything. But that Mentor arm - solid but not in any sense adjustable. I moved to a Trans-Fi air bearing tonearm, sold straight from the factory for $1000. Now THAT's adjustable! Wow!!!

Replaced the plinth with an aluminum/plywood/aluminum sandwich. Wow!!!

Now I use my higher end Koetsu all the time, because that's what it takes to bring out the best of a really high end cartridge.

My modified Mentor was the best sounding TT I had ever heard, until I finished my DIY air bearing unit. So I really think highly of that brand. The Dais bearing is something else. I don't think you can go wrong at any price point, although I would try for a Dais if I were you. 

I should add, the Linn Basic was a big improvement on my previous Rega. So the NAS Mentor was >> Rega.
Not hard to set up. Just make sure that you set up on a dead, non-resonant shelf, like Baltic Birch plywood, or better, panzerholst. And I would avoid the NAS arm unless they've improved adjustability a whole lot. But with the Trans-Fi air bearing arm at $1000, punching at 5x it's weight, why use anything else?

Consider the Trans-Fi turntable while you're at it.

bcowen- I am familiar with Pear Audio. I believe the Palmers also implement some of Mr. Fletchers designs in their tables. He must have been doing something right (-:  I do like the look of the Palmer and AW in particular. I think AW also does a bamboo plinth along with their Baltic Birch Ply. I wold say Pear seems to be getting the most exposure at this point, even more than Nottingham. Analogue Works is a relatively new company though.
*Disclaimer: I am a dealer for Pear Audio Analogue products.

The Pear Audio Blue Kid Thomas, Kid Punch and Kid Howard are the ONLY turntables that were actually designed by the late, great Tom Fletcher, other then the older Nottingham Audio models.

With all due respect to bcowan, the Pear Audio turntables and tonearms are quite different in construction, fit and finish than the old Nottingham products.  I have owned a few Nottingham models in the past and I will say that the Pear Audio turntables surpass the Notts in virtually every way.  For example, while the Pear Audio Cornet 2 tonearm resembles the old Space/Anna tonearms, it is quite improved in construction and sound.

I have taken Palmers in trade for Pear Audio models and I again must say that there is simply no comparison.  Palmer copied some of Tom Fletcher's ideas but ruined the benefits by uselessly elevating the platter and tonearm (remember kids, low center of gravity is your friend) and sitting the motor unit inside the plinth with minimal damping.  The first time I demo'd a Kid Thomas for a customer in his home, side by side with his Palmer, his wife (upstairs) yelled down to ask what he did to improve the sound.  It was THAT noticeable.
What are the associated components in your demo system at your dealership?
fjn04,

In the example described above, the demo was in the customer's home.  LFD phono stage, LFD integrated amp, Harbeth speakers (don't remember which model).

In my room I demo Pear Audio Blue turntables with a variety of components: Pear Audio tube phono stages, preamps and tube amps, Larsen speakers, GamuT amps and speakers, and EARO active horn speakers.