You're a lucky man! Now, put that ring someplace you can't get to it and forget it exists! :)
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i understand where you are coming from dan_ed, but that darn thing works so well, especially for not perfectly flat lps, also the ring connects the lp to the platter so well, when the red wine comes out on weekends i think i will be leaving it off though.
whats your thoughts on cartridge diamond cleaning, what do you use on your dynavector?
I was using a dry brush and extreme phono on my Dynavector 20XL and that was not enough. Have switched to Magic Erasure followed by Last Stylus Cleaner and the improvement is noticeable. I am now using it on my Sumiko Celebration, both hardly in the Universe category but thats where my experience lies.
i just got back from walgreens with the magic eraser, the box has two white erasers, i cut a small piece off and did mr salvatores easy way by lowering my arm into the eraser, going to get into the habit of doing this after every side, and with my using zerodust prior to the eraser, with a magnifying glass the diamond looks more brilliant even with the early time of use i have on it. as far as the second more demanding method taking a small piece and gently dragging it along the stylus for me not yet,
jeff what i think happened is with the body of the zyx r1000 series being wide and the cantilever being so short i think i just caught the body of the cartridge on the very edge of the clamp causing the cartridge to jump out toward the lp and catch the stylus. mr mehran said that the entire diamond was broke off, a real shame but for the better i was able to swing a universe and like you all know its superior to the airy three. and let me tell you i am super carful now.
between the hrx center clamp and the outer clamp the lp is will attached to the platter which makes a far better playback of the lp. this is one of the things i will miss on vpi tables if the time comes for me to move on. i have read most posts on universe and realize that my table may be holding back on some of universes potential, but for now its going to have to do, and you know what they say what you dont know cant hurt you. its time for some friday night rock and roll. mike
using the magic eraser is a breeze, and doing it after every side is no problem, no doubt the look of a clean diamond is obvious.
after playing lps into the early morning. adjusting vta on the fly is a must imho for universe, the cartridge is so reveling that vta adjustment on the fly brings you to the sweet spot on a lp so easy. and reveling, three d, sound is what universe is all about.
frank yes its cost is high, but take it from someone who not long ago lost everything to katrina, after a experience like that you realize that life is to short. i love music along with my wife. if you take the time to sit down and listen to your system on a regular basis go for it, you never know when and how disaster will call.