billstevenson

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TONEARM DAMPING : DAMPED OR NOT ? ? USELESS ? ? WELCOMED ? ?
Raul,While you seem satisfied with you methodology, I encourage you to try and borrow an "O"scope because I am sure you would like it.  When the arm and cartridge are optimally set up and playing a high velocity groove on a test record right on th... 
TONEARM DAMPING : DAMPED OR NOT ? ? USELESS ? ? WELCOMED ? ?
Oh I guess I should have stated that an "O"scope was used in all my tests.  Really this tool is essential for these kinds of tests to be useful and repeatable. 
Solid State Phono Preamp Suggestions $3k-$4k
In addition to Fremer's very positive review, the PS Audio Stellar just received a Product of the Year award at Stereophile.  Plus PS Audio lets you return it if you don't like it after a 30 day trial.  Read the review and John Atkinson's measurem... 
TONEARM DAMPING : DAMPED OR NOT ? ? USELESS ? ? WELCOMED ? ?
Raul,Congratulations for picking another fascinating and controversial topic for discussion.  I intended to sit it out because there is no single solution to your puzzle, but decided to chime in with my opinion based on some measurements and exper... 
Tung Sol KT 170
Wow!  This is new to me.  FWIW I traded my cj ARTsa, which used (8) KT 120 for a new cj ART150 which uses (4) KT 150 and the new one offers a worthwhile improvement in every respect.  It is more stable, too.  In fact in over a year of daily use I ... 
Blue Note Tone Poet Series
To my ears the Tone Poet series sound even better than the Music Matters series because they benefit from the new vinyl formulation that did not exist before.  This manifests itself as quieter surfaces, hence greater dynamic range, more obvious on... 
Mono Cartridge
Mike,You make good points and I agree that mistracking is worse than heavy tracking, but I can't get comfortable with 3.5 grams either.  Is your experience at that tracking force with a spherical stylus?Bill 
Mono Cartridge
For those of you with knowledge of Miyajima, why are they requiring such high VTF?  I would buy one otherwise. 
Mono Cartridge
I have an SL1200 GAE and it is my primary mono TT, which is the same as your G except for cosmetics.  Currently I have the following mono cartridges for it:  VAS Nova, really good, you can order it with a 1.0 mil stylus I believe.  Ortofon 2M SE, ... 
Enjoying Vinyl Once Again
Here is a link to an excellent article on cleaning records without the need to spend a lot of money for fancy machines.  Vinyl Record Manual Cleaning Process - PAC-Vinyl-Records_2020-05-19.pdf  
Enjoying Vinyl Once Again
Great story, welcome to the forum.  I am not big on mats so will let someone else cover that.  For a brush I use a Hunt E.D.A Mark 6, which is pretty good, but it is a back up to a VPI record cleaning machine.  I recommend you consider washing you... 
Periphery outer ring thoughts ?
@jbrrp1  Methinks there would be a market for your creation.  I know I would buy one. 
Periphery outer ring thoughts ?
What periphery ring works with the SL 1200 G? 
Blue Note Tone Poet Series
I could not agree more, the Tone Poet records are really special.  Between the new formula vinyl, the remastering and new pressings, they easily surpass every one of the older Blue Notes in my collection.  They are just fabulous. 
Periphery outer ring thoughts ?
Right now I use one always on my VPI HW-40, but I rarely used the one I had on my previous VPI Prime.  The reason is difficult to explain, the one on the HW-40 is easy to use, whereas the one of the Prime was finicky, wouldn't always seat cleanly ...