Could you tell us which TNT platter you are using? I have a TNT type platter on my Aries I, and want to add a ring but the VPI would not work.
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I have the VPI Super Platter for TNT tables. I do understand your problem. VPI cuts a step notch in the top of their newer platters for their outer periphery ring. Their outer periphery ring is designed to only work on their platters. That is why the VPI ring will not work with your platter. You have an original design platter that does not have the notch cut into it. Hey, don't worry, the TTWeights outer ring will work with your platter. It is a universal design and will work with almost any platter.
Your Aries I is a very nice turntable. I have always felt that the Aries tables sounded just as good as the TNT models but with a smaller footprint, which is nice. I think the TTWeights new Mega Ring would be a fantastic upgrade for you. I know it made a huge difference in sound on my turntable. I think you will be very happy with it if you decide to go the way.
The newly developed ALLOY ring is as good and some say better. Read this blog posted regarding the 480 Ring.
This is WITHOUT the brass dampening and please note the brass dampened rings easily outperforms any other ring in all blind tests.
Copper has tripled in price as would the price of the copper ring and we are trying to keep the price affordable by making an alternative and superior product.
I do not think I would pay willing to pay $800.00 plus for a copper outer ring
I was wondering why Bsme85 you feel that way? I own both rings, the heavyweight copper ring and the new Mega Ring. The copper ring is a very good ring, but the new Mega Ring just takes the performance to another level. You are right, the new rings are not made of copper, but whatever this new alloy is that TTWeights is using to make their new line of rings is very impressive. It sounds better than copper.
Hey I look at it this way, TTWeights is just improving on their design to make an even better sounding outer ring. Mission accomplished!
Agree with Dgad....the heavier the ring the more damped the sound on most music. I have the copper ring and have compared it to a heavier ring I have from a guy who used to make them down south. (Can't remember his name but he also came out with his own TT but it never took off). I feel with the heavier ring you might hear more but then you loose the air and transparency of the lighter rings but this is my thoughts only and YMMV.
I have been thinking about buying a ring for use with my classic. I assume I would need to replace my reflex clamp with a weight. With the centering disc, it looks like it would be pretty easy to install. My only concern is the disc coming in contact with the record surface. It would have to be kept clean. And are you adding static?
I would get rid of the center clamp and go with the weight. I am sure you have noticed that when you screw down the center clamp sometimes the outer edge of the record will raise up off the platter, you don't want that.
As for the ring contacting the record surface, the ring is precision made and will only contact the outer edge of the record. No harm will come to the record. Now for keeping the ring clean, it is just common sense care that you would use with all of your stereo equipment. I have used an outer ring for quite a few years and dirt and dust has never been an issue. And finally, no you are not going to add any static. You will probably remove static because the record is better coupled to the platter. Quieter background.
The centering ring never touches the record, it clears inside by .5 mm, the disk locates on the top face of the ring. The disc has a bored clearance to clear the record.
This was designed from the beginning.
It does center the Outer Ring to the centerline of the turntable which is critical for runout and weight distribution and the accuracy is remarkable.