FYI- I started a new mat discussion last week looking for other alternatives because the dirt accumulating on the white part of Herbie’s mat was bothering me and I had to keep taking it off and wiping it down, so I thought maybe the static issues with my Rega mat would disappear with the humidity of the summer. I tried it and although it still lifted off when flipping the records, I thought it sounded slightly better than Herbie’s, kind of like bypassing tone controls even when they’re set at 12 o’clock.
After all was said and done I made the smallest yet impactful investment in my stereo ever:$2,97 for double sided scotch tape, and put 6 1” strips at the edges of my platter and put the Rega thick mat back down. Doesn’t budge and I’m happy. Sold the Herbie’s on US AM in an hour for $50.
At the end of all of this, I think if the TEAC Washi mat was not quite as large, it wouldn’t come up with records off the platter, and that mat sounded as good as or better than the Rega.
I think the price of the Stein mat is ridiculous and a friend of mine tried it on his P10 and thought it was a giant rip off. Maybe as good as the Rega.
Roy Gandy knows what he is doing.