Nice review. You've got a good system there, Kalan.
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When I entered my streo shop in NJ(Audio Connection), I was looking for a mid priced table that would play records and fit conviently
on top of my Target rack that was made for this purpose. I
looked at a acrylic Pink Triangle that looked stunning and would know its place.Then I saw the demo TNT MK-3 one of the first ones' made. VPI was located in Ozone park Queens,
I believe( I cannot read the little metal plate on the side of the table because of set up) It was all covered with dust, not played in a while. The price was conciderably higher than my budget. Paired with a minimal
arm & cartridge (Morth UP-4 & Benz Glider) the deal was made. When I set it up and played it I called my dealer and
asked why he sold it. His answer was that capital was needed for CD-players. What a shame I thought, that I am playing this 50 cent record I picked up somewhere and this
very large turntable that does not fit on top of my equiptment rack sounds astounding. This table will draw the emotion out of your music, the bass is rich and deep the midrange is full and lush, and the higher frequencies
are crisp and real. The TNT-3 allows true High end to emerge, where you hear that cymbal, and look around the room to see if anyone is with you actually striking the instrument. I have heard much more expensive tables and of
course they sound better, but not buy much. My only regret is that I didn't select a better arm, if only I knew.
Sonic frontiers 80
Audible illusions 3
Proac Responce 2 with respective target stands.
Micromega T drive & T DAC
Sony DVD/SACD player 915
Pioneer 1020L open reel 1/4" tape deck
VPI TNT MK-3
Cables, Encose,Nordost, and Homegrown audio
Echo Busters room tune setup & Tapestries
Surfgod, Thank you for your contribution. You describe much of the same music/sonic qualities that I heard with my TNT when I first got it set up. You aptly hit the crux of the VPI TNT advantage: fine sound AND great musicality. I am itching to try the new inverted bearing assembly and new platter.
I have since upgraded my cartridge from a Benz H20 to a Benz LP. My pre-amp is now the First Sound Presence Deluxe, 4.0 with the Lukaschek PP-1 phone stage, and I've changed to some Nordost SPM speaker wire and Discovery Essence interconnects. The audio stand is now the Arcici Suspense Rack (air suspension).
All of the improvements add to the performance of the TNT/SME combo which illustrates how that the combo itself is not overtaken in a system that gets better and better down stream.
Don't underestimate that Morch UP-4 tone-arm. I believe it is an over-achiever--considering its price. Mine happened to have a special (according to Mr. Morch) demagnetized nickel arm wand with silver wiring. I loved that tone-arm. I would have kept it if I had not needed the money at the time.
I am glad to read praise for the tnt as I too thought it was a fine tt. I took mine to new performance level with some mods. I recommend highly the hr-x platter and ring! Also the sds I recommend. But of all the mods I think one that is easy and most rewarding is to suspend the tnt off of steel cables. It's rather straight forward, get a shelf that is wide enough for the tt then attach steel cables at all four corners. If you want to take it further leave the motor to rest on another surface. I posted some pictures on my evolving systems.