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Old 23rd December 2012, 02:05 AM   #1
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Default My DIY WTL Tonearm

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.

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Old 23rd December 2012, 02:14 AM   #2
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Looks great. How does it sound?

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Old 23rd December 2012, 02:57 AM   #3
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Looks great. How does it sound?

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Hey Jeff, it sounds pretty good, considering that I only have a cheap Audio Technica AT92E universal cartridge. It is the best upgrade you can do to a Dual 502. I have a Denon DL-110 on the way, from the reviews I have read I can't wait to try it out.
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I have a Denon DL-110 on the way, from the reviews I have read I can't wait to try it out.
I've only heard the DL-110 briefly on a friends table, sounded quite nice. Another "sleeper" to watch out for is the old SAE 1000LT/E HOMC. There are still a few NOS examples floating around the interwebs, but they do turn up used for very little money.

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Old 23rd December 2012, 04:05 AM   #5
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I hope it is an improvement from the original tonearm. It looks over 12 inches long.
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Old 23rd December 2012, 02:32 PM   #6
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I hope it is an improvement from the original tonearm. It looks over 12 inches long.
This one is the 10.5" version. I will be experimenting with 12" and 14" arms through the winter. I will post updated pictures as changes and time goes on. Once I figure out which arm is better then I will build the rest of the turntable around the arm that I choose.
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Have you tried upgrading to a Titleist Pro V1?

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Old 23rd December 2012, 03:57 PM   #8
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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, 04:33 PM   #9
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Very nice. Congratulations. I'm particularly impressed with how accurately you shot that arrow through the golf ball.
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Old 23rd December 2012, 05:05 PM   #10
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Have you tried upgrading to a Titleist Pro V1?

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I figured I would start with the cheap balls first, Once I have something I really like then I'll do some high tech ball like the Titleist's or the Pinnacle's.
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