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Old 21st September 2010, 09:23 PM   #11
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No, Brenton is a dentist IIRC. Send me an email and i'll forward his.

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Old 23rd September 2010, 03:54 PM   #12
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This one is perhaps the best implementation to date. Still using Easton arrow shafts, still using inexpensive wire, a great bearing. Thanks to Bernie, I've added a Yamamoto inspired headshell.
Hi,

quite a treat of a tonearm.

What do you use for the "female" part of the bearing ?


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Old 23rd September 2010, 07:20 PM   #13
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Default P10 and wjlamp

Dave:
Brenton is a psychologist (I spent some time on the phone with him in a non-professional capacity...)

wjlamp:
Special secret ingredient. Grade8 steel insert, with polymer "filler" to limit the movement of the tip of the bearing...(set screw with a UV hardening epoxy).

the arm is better than it has any right to be and competes with my SME
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Dave:
Brenton is a psychologist (I spent some time on the phone with him in a non-professional capacity...)

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Special secret ingredient. Grade8 steel insert, with polymer "filler" to limit the movement of the tip of the bearing...(set screw with a UV hardening epoxy).

the arm is better than it has any right to be and competes with my SME
Thanks for the recipe. I think that modesty has no place here.What makes you say that the tonearm exceeds its rights.Black arts are b.....t.
If the mechanics of the arm are in synergy with your turntable and cartridge,
who gives a damn about SME.

BTW, a psychologist is a must see before a visit to dentist



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Old 23rd September 2010, 08:55 PM   #15
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Dave:
Brenton is a psychologist (I spent some time on the phone with him in a non-professional capacity...)
Thanx for the correction... if you get a chance go listen to his Saburo. He may also be doing a set of FH3.

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Old 25th September 2010, 12:38 AM   #16
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Default "special secret ingredients"

wjlamp:, I say that it sounds better than it has a right to, based on the actual costs associated with making one, and how good it is (only in my estimation) compared to my SME 309. I paid full pop for the '309, and I don't regret buying it.

Once I decided to try making an arm, (and I've made a few), I've had a rough time correlating cost to quality. And in an absolute basis, I believe my DIY arm is in the same league as the 309, everything else being equal in the playback chain.

I've had others comment on the arm (those few who have actually heard any of them), and their thoughts are similar to mine.

And in this case there is no b*****it about any of it. The materials were chosen carefully with an eye towards a level of quality and the potential level of performance using commonly available items. Good design need not cost more

Any that know me , know that as far as audio goes, I do have a certain level of competency (I'm not suggesting you made any statements regarding me or my abilities or lack of). I am just reinforcing that if an eye is kept on the prize, it is amazing what one can accomplish, if they have a basic understanding of the criteria that needs to be met that may make a successful outcome likely. In the case of my "219" tonearm I believe the outcome has exceeded what I thought the potential would be .

Please, try making an arm yourself (Dave has a few "kits" left over). A lot of laughs (and great performance) for very little money. The "219" refers to the number of pennies it cost me to make my first example.
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I'm going to try this arm on my SL-1200. I think I have enough wire to make it work.

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I'm going to try this arm on my SL-1200. I think I have enough wire to make it work.

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Hi Jeff and All,

This couldn't have come at a better time for me, as I have just acquired an absolutely mint (less than 5 years old) Oak SOTA "Star" TT. The previous owner "upgraded" to a SME TT and switched his SME tonearm and Benz cartridge to the new deck.
I must admit that this is far better than anything that I could have imagined ever owning, but I believe that I'll try the "219" tonearm, as I feel that it's of similar quality and should complement the TT. I've been saving a "mouse cord" for the wiring, so I'm about half way there already.

It seems that the "Hidden Hand of Fate" is directing me toward an all Vinyl, Tube driven system, which is really annoying, as I had originally envisioned a Radio Shack/ MP3 Mid/Low FI system, which is more in keeping with my character and taste. Oh, Darn it anyway!!!


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Why you lucky dog. Can we have a pic or two?

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Why you lucky dog. Can we have a pic or two?

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Hi Jeff,

There's a couple of problems:

1. I really don't know how to post pictures.

2. It's still in the packing crate and I don't have enough room currently to set it up.

Just the same, I'm certainly excited about the whole thing.

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