I had a Nottingham Spacedeck for a number of years and loved it. I also did a lot of modifications on it, one step at a time. It was a Spacedeck with the new arm. The biggest benefit I noticed was going to the heavy kit. It seemed like a lot of money but it really helped the most. Dynamics improved, bass speed and detail improved, overall detail improved. No down side at all. The next biggest benefit was the SRA custom base and getting rid of the standard "plinth". I also had a wave mechanic and was really glad I added that but it perhaps made the least difference. This is likely due to Tom Fletcher's design philosophy of low torque motor and high mass already lends itself to speed stability. I really loved the Nottingham and would highly recommend it and the upgrades. I ran a Benz Gullwing SLR on mine.
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If you do decide to go for a PS unit, instead of the Wave Mechanic I would suggest the new PS from K&K Audio. It will require rewiring of the motor pod but that is relatively simple. This PS supply has separate outputs for each of the two field coils of the motor (the capacitor is removed from the pod). The unit allows one to tweak the phase angle of the AC current between the two field coils to minimize motor vibration. The level of the output voltage can also be adjusted. I found this to be particularly useful in improving the sound. The parts used in construction are of very high quality. For example, instrument grade OPA chip amps drive the two toroidal output transformers. I sold my Wave Mechanic. This new PS was noticeably better.
Tubehead, any further observations with the motor move? I have a Spacedeck also, love it, and would like to know from Shakeydeal what inspired that move? Just the same, I plan to try that when time allows. Nice to see some conversation about this very, very nice table. Happy New Year to all as well....
Anovak, the change is subtle, but I think I'm hearing just a touch more resolution and clarity. Maybe by moving the motor away from leg, less vibration is being transmitted to the table.
John_tracy, I've had the Phoenix Falcon PS for a few months now. I like what it does, especially for the cost. However, the K&K unit does look interesting.