Which of the supplied O rings did you start with?
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Hi Nick, Sure.
Do NOT remove rubber o-ring from new idler for any reason.
Remove 2 screws holding the idler wheel assembly.
Lift off straight up gently so not to damage scintered bushing..
Lift out rubber idler.
Clean area with isopropyl alcohol.
Add one drop sewing machine oil to lower bushing.
Place new idler wheel in straight down.
Replace upper housing and re-screw.
Add one drop of oil to upper bushing.
Clean new idler rubber and inside of platter rim with isopropyl alcohol.
NOTE - if your idler bushings are worn/wobbly/packed with grease, do not fit new idler.
Ok noromance, followed your instructions, and it was an easy `excerise .
Switched on the table, and it’s running smoothly & silently.
1st album up was my mono copy of Jimi Hendrix ‘Axis:Bold as Love’ .
What an eye (ear) opener. The punch & dynamic drive that the new idler wheel delivered was incredible! I was and still am, blown away.
listening to Bo Didley right now, and he is in the room!
This is the best up-grade on a turntable that I have ever experienced.
Thank goodness i read read your post- many thanks for the review & your mounting instructions.
Noise floor has reduced-it was already low with the old idler as the table has been recently refurbed, the new idler just dropped it even more. Before, with my ear to close to the platter I could hear noise-a soft rubbing noise, now I struggle to hear anything. I don’t have access to a stethoscope to confirm. Will buy one and have a go next week. There wa no motor noise before or after I fitted the new idler wheel.
Do any of you fellows know anyone who has installed an Audiosilente idler on a Lenco L75? Or do I have to be the first, even though my Lenco is mechanically silent as is? I bought it NOS and then changed the plinth (to slate) and the bearing (to a massive and clamped one made by Jeremy in England) and am controlling the motor with Phoenix Engineering components. Only things left from the original are the idler arm and wheel and the motor itself, plus the platter, which I have heavily dampened.
If you have an older idler, they can be refurbished by Russell Industries for about $40.00.
They do an excellent job and can also refurbish capstan idlers for Ampex and other tape machines. They bought out the old Projector-Recorder Belt Company which used to do this decades ago.
I have to say that the Artisan Fidelity wheel looks almost identical to AudioSilente!
Big difference between these idler wheels! Artisan Fidelity's Garrard 301 idler wheel is made from a machined, non magnetic solid stainless steel hub with a permanently molded and bonded outside rubber edge, then cnc ground. Whereas the Audiosilente consists of plain aluminum with a square surface ground rubber outside ring, which I believe is removable, but cannot recall offhand with certainty.