The VPI Scout turntable does not come with a turntable record mat, and I am thinking of making a mat out of Cork for my VPI Scout. I saw some 12" square Cork mat at Home Depot and I am thinking of getting one to use as a record mat. Does anyone have any idea about using a cork record mat on VPI turntables? Does the mat make it sounds better or not?
I have not tried cork only because when I purchased my Scout, my dealer informed me that it is designed to be used without any kind of mat at all. I called VPI, and they confirmed my dealers recommendation.
I use a spot mat (9 small cork circles on a closed foam 11 3/4" circle). Cost about 3 dollars to make and try. I love the sound of it. Also makes it easy to take the record off the platter. YMMV but it is cheap to try.
I've considered a mat for playing 7" records that have large holes since you cannot use the clamp. The records tend to spend loosely on the platter. They play OK, but they are difficult remove from the platter.