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Old 23rd December 2012, 05:05 PM   #11
madmike46 is offline madmike46  Canada
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The well tempered idea was and is a simply brilliant way to do a tonearm.
Your way ahead of others scrambling to do the same thing with complicated bearings with such Rube Goldburg thinking leading to mental masturbation and a swift self pat on their back!
(Well) Done enjoy!

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Old 23rd December 2012, 05:07 PM   #12
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Very nice. Congratulations. I'm particularly impressed with how accurately you shot that arrow through the golf ball.
My son could probably do that shot. Since my back fusion surgery I can't even pull my bow yet. So in the drill press it goes.
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Old 23rd December 2012, 05:21 PM   #13
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Cool, and very clever...
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Old 23rd December 2012, 05:47 PM   #14
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Hi Mike

Great stuff...
...Robin Hood at the Masters...
...well I never.

Haven't seen that design before...
...s o u p e r c o o l !

Love to do an arm for my Dual sometime...
...it made the sho(r)t list !

Cheers.

Si.

Can't wait for the 24" !
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Old 23rd December 2012, 06:18 PM   #15
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Here is my version of Bill Firebaugh's Well Tempered Labs tonearm. This arm is a 10.5" version and I am using a carbon fiber arrow shaft for the arm tube. Here are a few pictures of it with my Dual 502 driving the records.
This looks great MadMike!!

Any chance of you doing a point by point on how we can clone your efforts?
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Old 23rd December 2012, 06:21 PM   #16
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This looks great MadMike!!

Any chance of you doing a point by point on how we can clone your efforts?
I will try and take more pictures as I go. Some times I get going and forget to take pictures. When the project is done then it's too late. I will have chance of taking pictures as I go as I am going to try a 12" and a14" arm.
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I will try and take more pictures as I go. Some times I get going and forget to take pictures. When the project is done then it's too late. I will have chance of taking pictures as I go as I am going to try a 12" and a14" arm.
We gotta have one of the arrow shot!!!! I'm thinking that we put golf ball on top of Zen Mod's head and see who comes closest!!!
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Old 23rd December 2012, 08:19 PM   #18
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really nice !

how about a carbon fibre golf club shaft to stay with the golf theme, the arm could be quite long ..
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really nice !

how about a carbon fibre golf club shaft to stay with the golf theme, the arm could be quite long ..
I'm thinking that the golf club shaft would be heavier then the arrow shaft. I think the shaft I have for the 12" arm only weighs 7 grams with the head shell glued in place.
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Old 23rd December 2012, 09:06 PM   #20
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Here I have the arrow shaft set up in the mill to grind a 19 degree angle for the head shell.

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Here the head shell and arrow shaft are ready to be glued. The glue I used is sold by Brownell's, it is called Acra-glass Gel. It is a 2 part epoxy type glue with very low shrinkage and extremely strong.

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And here are a couple of shots with everything glued up and finished to final shape.

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