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The 12" Triplanar is like the last word...

The arm and table together play LPs with imaging like tape machines, if you've ever heard that. Locked in- solid, no shimmer in the soundstage (which you really don't know about until you go this last bit with the 12" arm).

We added a better platter pad as I didn't like the stock one.

The new Technics is IMO/IME impeccable- its damped in five different ways. It has good rigidity between the platter surface and the base of the tone arm- essential if the 'table is going to be neutral in presentation (the arm board was built to take advantage of this fact rather than rob the machine of that which is a common problem with a lot of the arm boards for the earlier SL1200s). The speed stability has a lot more in common with the SP-10 MkIII, making this the most speed-stable turntable in production world-wide-price-no-object- Technics has done their homework on servo control and the machine has plenty of torque which is essential in any good turntable.

Because of the longer arm tube which is also damped of arm resonance, the arm does not editorialize. Because of the new platter pad, the LP is damped yet properly supported so the mechanical noise of the arm tracking in LP is a silent affair (many arms make a bit of tracking noise which is always a bad sign). The Triplanar is not only the most adjustable arm made, it also has the hardest metal bearings of any arm made. These bearings are also tiny so the arm is very free despite having no play in it whatsoever.

The combination is a bit eerie- its very effortless and the soundstage is so locked in- but you get used to it really fast. Its fun to hear two of the best of today's analog products together like this- the project really turned out well!

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