I thought you said you didn't like the VPI unipivot arms.
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I have a Scout with a Benz Ebony TR. Everyone says it is overkill but it really sounds great. I also have the old acrylic platter. I am sure I could do better, but for me this combo is a real winner. Phono stage is a Linn Linto.
My only complaint is how hard it is to set the tracking force, but once you get it locked in, you are good to go.
What did you hear that lead you to the heavier counterweight and which one did you upgrade to? I have the stock one.
Going to the 300 rpm motor was a good upgrade for me.
This table just does something right. Now I know that the problem was the cartridge. The heavier counterweight really helps the tracking, while solidifying the sound. The original counterweight that I have is probably 90 or 100 grams, perfect for the glider which is a lighter cartridge. This weight is 120 grams. I am not saying that the recent table I listened to was not up to the task, far from it. For the amount this table was when I purchased it, it is a steal. Is it perfect, no, none are. I do not even have the isolated or have an SDS.