Hello; I have had my Super Scoutmaster up and running for about six weeks. I am most impressed with it. It is superbly crafted and is absolutely quite!!
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I would consider the tonearms. The Super Scoutmaster comes with that wobbly arm I personally don't care for. If you have a Graham 1.5T you would be taking a downgrade arm-wise. Personally I would work on upgrading what you already have. I have never seen an HRX, but I wouldn't want it because you have no choice on what arm you want. I'll put my Graham 2.2 against the VPI any day. Twisting the tonearm wire for anti-skating? Please. Now the outer ring clamp I would definitly like to try. Don't get me wrong, I have a modified VPI HW19 Mk IV so I have nothing against VPI, I'm not sure I like the newer designs.
Don't do it! A friend of mine, who is also a well known Canadian equipment manufacturer, went from a TNT V to the HRX and he was less than impressed with the result. He said that the HRX provided great detail, which made jazz etc. sound good, but the sound was very light. Large scale classical works had little bass and impact. In my experience, this is a characteristic of all the light, acrylic designs.
Update, I could not find a super scoutmaster hooked up but I did find a scoutmaster. Respectable high end electronics, speakers and cartridge I am familar with. I also listened to a nottingham table too. The nottingham was unexciting. My wife and I didnt like it. The scoutmaster was more exciting and lively, initially we liked it, but after 5 minutes, we had such a headache, we couldnt listen anymore. The sound was not bright, its just that some sort of listening fatigue set in quick. I checked the vta on the cartridge and loading on the preamp. Could have been other factors for the sound but we were so negatively affected, I was really turned off. As I stated, when I listened to the HRX at a dealer 2000 miles away, I also was not impressed as I stated. Came home listened to my older table and decided the new VPI's are not for me. My older VPI unit was SOOOOO much more musical. So I am sticking with my graham older VPI combo, and Linn, maybe will upgrade to phantom on same table or will try to audition other tables including the super if I ever find one at a dealers in the next 2 months. I think for small money, I would take a chance with something unheard. But $5000 and $10,000 spent unheard, I cant do it.
I dont always go by reviews, I use my own ears. Please dont flame me, the sound, setup, etc was not to my taste, at least not to make me part with my money. Thanks for the comments.