I am new to vinyl and am using the SME 312S arm on a Dr. Feickert Blackbird TT. I would like to get some advises on should I use the damper? What are the pros and cons? I have tried every way to get the setting of the arm correct but I still fee that it is not that stable when compared with my previous CD player or my friend's big TT.
I don't know the rest of your system or what the Blackbird and SME are sitting on. Your description of instability could be acoustic feedback but without more information I'm guessing.
I think the SME 312S is a great tonearm and very stable. How would you describe your disappointment and in what way is it unstable ?
Last, I had poor results with damping fluid when I experimented with my SME 312 (when I had it). The phono cartridge would play a role in that result so it may have to be trial and error.
Provide more details, I or someone else here might have a solution that helps.