If you're still using the PLC to control speed, you NEED the SDS. But the other stuff sounds desirable too. Good luck, Dave.
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Jsujo, the upgrade from the Scout to the Scoutmaster is very significant and well worth doing. Slipknot1 made this upgrade in recent months and the improvement in his system was very rewarding. If he doesn't chime in here, I'm sure he'd be happy to talk with you about his experience if you email him.
I'd recommend doing the Scoutmaster upgrade before the motor controller. The motor controller should be you next upgrade after the Scoutmaster. For the motor controller, the SDS is good, and you could consider a used Walker Audio motor controller for even greater improvement. But, do the Scoutmaster upgrade first.
As good as the Scout is, the Scoutmaster is a very large leap ahead, and at 900.00/upgrade is like getting a whole new, vastly improved turntable.
I will second Rushton's comments. I would do the upgrade first if for no other reason than the fact that the 300 rpm Scoutmaster motor is more suited to giving you a wider range of choices in Motor Controllers. I use the Walker motor controller in my setup, having auditioned it along with the SDS. The SDS is a fine unit to be sure, but in my system I prefered the Walker. That being said, I had the Walker on my Scout BEFORE doing the upgrade to Scoutmaster. But if you are currently in a position to do one or the other, do the Scoutmaster upgrade first. Everything the Scout does so well is done quieter, blacker, and more well defined on the Scoutmaster. And, who can argue with with the drop dead gorgeous looks of that double thick plinth and thick acrylic platter?
hiya jack. you know my thoughts... get the scoutmaster and the outer ring clamp. Alephman suggests new tonearm, wont happen. the scoutmaster is made for the JMW-9, you cannot add a graham, sme, or even the rega rb900 - i checked with VPI on this one, as well as a couple online retailers, and they all stood by the JMW-9.