In the free setup report I offer to subscribers of our mailing list, I mention the interaction of turntable setup parameters with each other. For example, a large tracking force change (say, 0.20 gm) can affect SRA/VTA and overhang, along with indirectly affecting other parameters. I decided to quantify some interactions which affect azimuth.
As the classic poem begins: “For want of a nail, the shoe was lostFor want of a shoe, the horse was lost…“ Chasing vanishingly small tolerances is the name of the game in turntable design, and the smaller the part, the more critical this becomes.
From time to time, we like to revisit our design assumptions – to see whether they still have validity. Several months ago, we demonstrated various drive belts for a customer (link here). In this post, we’re going to cover some design considerations for selecting a drive belt for our turntables.
All too many audiophiles think of vacuum tubes as being unreliable, and this rant, along with the attached video attempts to discuss why this doesn’t have to be the case.
The photo of the Feickert may lead you to believe that I’m clueless as to it’s use, but rest assured, there’s a method to my madness. I’m a big fan of arc protractors in general, and the Mint LP in particular, but I’ve come to rely on the Feickert protractor for both quick and easy …
We’re approaching that time of the year in the the upper latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere where static electricity is beginning to show itself. There are two approaches to eliminating (or at least minimizing) static electricity in your vinyl playback system.
After setting up an Ikeda arm and cartridge last week (link to that post is here), I took to rearranging my stable of cartridges which are mounted to removable, Jelco headshells. One of them is a Denon DL 103R. It occurred to me that it’s been years since I’ve run that cartridge, and more importantly, …
A customer purchased an Ikeda 345 tonearm and Ikeda Kai cartridge. Because of COVID-19 guidelines on social distancing, we got creative and set his arm and cartridge up remotely. The goal was to perform the setup chez Galibier and provide as near of a plug and play installation for the customer as possible – while …
We’ve all been there … a component upgrade and suddenly, your system sounds “off”. Sometimes it’s a case of shooting the messenger (the “upgrade”), and this can leave you scratching your head, especially if you’re evaluating the changes through your analog rig.
In the second post in this series, I alluded to system issues that can fool you into thinking you have a setup problem with your turntable. I’ll cover a few of these situations in this post.