thanks guys! jbaussie i've been "lusting" after the origin live silver tonearm as i've been reading up on its merits on the internet, its supposed to sound pretty good. What cartridge are you using with it? Did you order it from Origin live? I've removed the bottom off my systemdek table because it has been said it performs better that way. I plan to add dampening material to the inside edges of the turntable, put it on spikes and also plan to isolate the motor by placing it in a cylindrical canister filled with leadshot or / stone/sand with blu tac holding the motor in place to see if this will yield any sonic benefits. I dont know much about this table. I have heard that its underrated in regards to its performance. jbaussie , just how good is the silver with this table? Or should I look at picking up a vpi jr or something? thanks guys for the info.