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In Reply to: RE: Got The SP 10 In Plinth With Riggle Arm posted by Mister Pig on June 17, 2017 at 22:25:26
I thought the bearing was more an adaptation from the Schroeder design, which uses a thread or string as its basis and predates the Riggle tonearm. Hence the name, "String Theory". When I once talked to Riggle about the design, he took pains to explain how his use of a string is different from Schroeder's, in fact. I don't see any analogy with the WT tonearm, unless there's a golf ball in a pot of goop hiding somewhere.
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There is a pin on the bottom of the tone arm body that can extend down into a reservoir cup that can be filled with a dampening fluid. In the past I fill it just enough to stiffen the string bearing, as it gets noticeably taught and stable. But not enough to audibly effect the sound of the arm/cartridge, which can happen if you fill it full. So it is not a golf ball in a silicone bath, but the original was designed with a plastic disc instead so the current one is not like the original either. But the idea is that its not a uni-pivot bearing, nor is it a gimbal either.
It's foolish and pointless of me to argue about this, so I won't. I think it's probably an excellent tonearm by any standard.
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