VPI Turntable Upgrade


I currently own a VPI Scoutmaster with the following options:

- VPI Scoutmaster turntable
- VPI JMW-9 Signature tonearm
- VPI Periphery Ring + VPI Center Weight
- VPI SDS
- RSA F-117 Nighthawk MM/MC phono pre-amp
- Dynavector DV-20X Low MC cartridge

Would there be any benefit in upgrading to a VPI Classic 3 and still keeping the following options:

- VPI Periphery Ring + VPI Center Weight
- VPI SDS
- RSA F-117 Nighthawk MM/MC phono pre-amp
- Dynavector DV-20X Low MC cartridge

Or would I be better off keeping my VPI Scoutmaster turntable & options and upgrading to a Lyra Delos MC cartridge?
agiaccio
If you have a need to upgrade, keep your turntable and cartridge, but get a set of Bearpaws ( Vermontaudio.com) and remove your minifeet and replace them with these Bearpaws. If however, you do decide to get the Classic, be sure you tell VPI you have and want to use your SDS. There is a capacitor in the motor circuit that has to be changed. My advice however, is to just do the Bearpaws.
Either way you'd have a sweet analog front. That said, moving to the Classic 3 would elevate your system to an entirely different level, even with the components you have. However, you would certainly not get the best out of the turntable with your current setup.

My advice would be to upgrade the table even if you couldn't upgrade the rest of the system for a while. The Classic, whether 1, 2 or 3 is a keeper so you can't go wrong with it. Then, as your finances allow, you could upgrade the cartridge and the preamp to bring the system to a new level.
I would get rid if the phono first. That to me is your main bottle neck now.
Stringreen,
Can you elaborate on that capacitor? I have the Classic and the SDS and the combo appears to work fine. Thanks.