Well since non of the Vpi tables are suspended designs, the addition of the center weight adds additional weight for mass dampening. There is no need to purchase the new style stainless center weight with the use of the ring clamp. As the older style Stainless/Delrin clamp used on TNT's, & HR-X's with the Peripheral ring was also a screw down type design. The new weight make lp changes quicker, as you just lift of the weight, as you hang the ring clamp over your neck. The new weight is very attractive, & will have you grunting like Tim Allen on Tool Time if your a Gear Head. I do believe that you will discountinue the use of the washer below the screw down record clamp, in conjuction with the outer ring clamp.
Audio Advisor was the first to offer the new clamp for sale. I have a Vpi user buddy in Germany who after seeing it on Vpi's site wanted one shipped to him. After seeing it, I figured this would be easy to make. I measured the clamp with a pair of calipers, did a scaled drawing. And approched another friend who is a gunsmith who feed the dimensions into his computer, & we made one on his cnc metal lathe, & I polished all the high spot on a buffing wheel. The 2 black stripes are black O-ring washers picked up at a appliance parts store. Unlike Vpi's I had the interior spindle hole on mine black teflon coated. So there is no metal to metal friction/wear to the treaded spindle on my TT, should I elect to reuse the screw down type. It was a fun project!