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  • 3 Armboards and 3 (of 5) Tonearms

    In preparation for an upcoming cartridge review, I pulled three tonearms that will be used.

    The images show the three tonearms mounted on their custom Basis Audio drilled/cut armboards for my Debut Vacuum 'table:
    • 1 cut for Basis Audio SuperArm 9 and Vector IV
    • 1 cut for Graham Engineering Phantom Elite and Phantom III
    • 1 cut for SME style mount to fit any arm that uses the mount
    The Arms mounted for the photos are the Basis Audio Vector IV, Graham Engineering Phantom III, and an SME V

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    Dre
    **************************************************
    Every day is a good day to play analog.
    - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
    - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
    **************************************************
    Every day is a good day for live music.
    **************************************************

  • #2
    Absolutely pornographic.
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    • #3
      I've never noticed before, but it looks like the SME doesn't allow for any cartridge alignment or adjustment at the headshell?
      Steve Lefkowicz
      Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Steve Lefkowicz View Post
        I've never noticed before, but it looks like the SME doesn't allow for any cartridge alignment or adjustment at the headshell?
        The approach may be different from the standard you typically see today. Their approach to cartridge alignment is documented in the manual for each type of arm.

        It is true the SME IV, V, V-12 and some other SME models lack the ability to adjust for an azimuth. Other SME models, like the 309, 310, and 312-S ,do provide the ability to adjust azimuth.

        The offset angle is fixed to SME specs with a very small amount of play in the headshell before securing the cartridge screws.

        The overhang is fully adjustable via the sliding base of the tonearm for alignment. Instead of adjusting effective length at the headshell to align the overhang, SME uses the sliding base to move the entire 'arm. This action will adjust the pivot to spindle distance to comply with the relatively fixed effective length of the installed cartridge to get proper overhang.

        other functions (like VTA, anti-skate, VTF, etc.) are all adjustable.

        Dre
        **************************************************
        Every day is a good day to play analog.
        - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
        - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
        **************************************************
        Every day is a good day for live music.
        **************************************************

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        • Steve Lefkowicz
          Steve Lefkowicz commented
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          Thanks for that info. Always good to learn something new.

        • Dre_J
          Dre_J commented
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          I'm glad it was helpful.

      • #5
        Impressive display & beautiful photo's. Puts some of my iPhone photos to shame. It should make for some excellent & fun comparisons!
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        • #6
          Dre, I thought you had AJ's SuperArm and are your armboards mass loaded with lead or brass slugs?
          Simon Yorke + MSL > B.M.C .> Valvet > Linear Tube Audio > Avantgarde

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          • #7
            Originally posted by Rob View Post
            Dre, I thought you had AJ's SuperArm and are your armboards mass loaded with lead or brass slugs?
            I do have the SuperArm 9. It is currently mounted on my 2800 vacuum holding a Lyra Atlas.

            The second Vector IV is on the Debut Vacuum holding a Lyra Titan i.

            I always try to keep at least one of the two 'tables as a baseline reference when I evaluate a cartridge or tonearm or table or some combination of the three. When I start the process, the 2800 Vacuum/SuperArm 9/Atlas will remain untouched. The Debut Vacuum configuration will change and get the review cartridge mounted in the three different tonearms shown in the images above.

            The three armboards and tonearms shown are/were being setup to cycle through and use in an upcoming cartridge review.

            The armboards, all of them, are brass slug/mass weighted.

            Dre
            **************************************************
            Every day is a good day to play analog.
            - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
            - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
            **************************************************
            Every day is a good day for live music.
            **************************************************

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            • #8
              Hi Dre

              Sounds like you need a new turntable that you can attach 3 tonearms at the same time and compare in real time

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              • Dre_J
                Dre_J commented
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                Hi Shane,

                HA! There was a move in that direction once upon a time...

                ...then, the reality that performance tops convenience reared its head.

              • Metamatic
                Metamatic commented
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                I hear ya Dre. My two tables I like the best is not my 3rd table that can fit multiple arms. to go further up the totem pole and have multiple arms is too expensive and may or may not be better sounding.

            • #9
              Armboard cut for SME mount with series V 'arm and visiting cartridge installed and playing.

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              Dre
              **************************************************
              Every day is a good day to play analog.
              - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
              - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
              **************************************************
              Every day is a good day for live music.
              **************************************************

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              • #10
                Armboard cut for Graham Engineering mount with Phantom III tonearm and visiting cartridge installed and playing.

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                Dre
                **************************************************
                Every day is a good day to play analog.
                - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
                - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
                **************************************************
                Every day is a good day for live music.
                **************************************************

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                • #11
                  I like looking at those almost as much as playing them!

                  Gorgeous!

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