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Old 28th April 2013, 12:57 PM   #31
Geosto is offline Geosto  Netherlands
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Hi tnargs.
There is no minimum length bud when the tone arm is getting to short some of your warped albums become garbage.
The height of the warped album is determined, the length of the arm.
Also the used cartridge is a factor in this.
Some are more sensitive.
In my case I will not go shorter than 8 cm.
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Old 28th April 2013, 01:12 PM   #32
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I prefer never to use warped records, but I agree that a shorter arm can have it's pitfalls... think what it can do to VTA when playing different weight/thickness vinyl.
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Old 28th April 2013, 01:18 PM   #33
Geosto is offline Geosto  Netherlands
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Exactly right.
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Old 28th April 2013, 07:30 PM   #34
Moko is offline Moko  United Kingdom
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Here's an image that shows the problem of a very short arm
Click the image to open in full size.

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These photos were taken from the LencoHeaven site
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Old 28th April 2013, 08:03 PM   #35
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What you need is a vacuum platter or perimeter platter ring clamp such as VPI sells if you want these issues solved in one fell swoop.
Woofer pumping and VTA anamolies solved

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Old 28th April 2013, 10:35 PM   #36
tnargs is offline tnargs  Australia
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Thanks everyone. 8 cm is only about one third of the length of a normal arm, that is certainly quite short! If that is acceptable from the geometric point of view, I might give it a go.
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Old 30th May 2013, 01:10 AM   #37
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Default terminator question

I am wondering what the life span of the "holes in tape" type slide would be. Has any one a technique to drill the holes? Bit concerned that if i glue it up, i can get back in to replace tape.
Also, can i use my shop compressor with a tank upstairs? Not worried about noise but wondering about the small amount of oil in the air.
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