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Posted on February 18, 2021 at 11:31:38
stator_99@yahoo.com
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I was wondering if any of you folks with a vpi unipivot arm have had it upgraded to dual pivot and do you like it? Also would like to know a ball park figure on what this upgrade cost.

 

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RE: vpi unipivot, posted on February 18, 2021 at 18:19:35
weedeewop
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I did it, I like it, Picked up one second hand, never installed for $125, a no brainer. Also installed a counter intuitive, also a no brainer.

 

RE: vpi unipivot, posted on February 18, 2021 at 18:23:22
mondial
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I liked the mod as well bass has more impact just like a gimbal arm .midrange .had more meat in the bones . Musicality and liquidity suffered just a little bit. More pro's than con's

 

RE: vpi unipivot, posted on February 18, 2021 at 19:21:17
SgreenP@MSN.com
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I did....the 2nd pivot greatly facilitates azimuth. Do it with Fozgometer and its test record. Excellent

 

RE: vpi unipivot, posted on February 18, 2021 at 19:33:24
Joe Backer
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It's cheap enough that it's a no brainer. It struck me as more of a stability in handling accessory than something that affected the sound in my system. I'm perfectly comfortable handing my uni-pivot without it so I've kept it off but definitely give it a try!

 

RE: vpi unipivot, posted on February 18, 2021 at 20:24:40
miner42
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I have one on each of my two arms - a nice feature for unipivots. Retail is $150. Set up is a bit time consuming to keep from adding to much downforce on the second pivot. Part of the fun of setting up your tonearm.

 

RE: vpi unipivot, posted on February 19, 2021 at 05:08:08
edwyun
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For a 3D arm, it works well. Not as necessary on a metal arm IMHO. If you're going to get a 2d pivot, I recommend getting a ruby tipped one and a sapphire thrust plate. The sapphire thrust plate is not prone to getting scratched by the tip as is the OEM metal plate.

 

RE: vpi unipivot, posted on February 19, 2021 at 05:21:12
edwyun
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RE: vpi unipivot, posted on February 19, 2021 at 07:32:00
Mel
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Can you provide a source for that sapphire plate?

Thanks.

 

RE: vpi unipivot, posted on February 19, 2021 at 08:50:56
edwyun
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You can get them made, but I got mine from http://www.kosmic.us/

 

RE: vpi unipivot, posted on February 19, 2021 at 18:50:40
Joe Backer
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They don't seem to be answering emails unfortunately.

 

RE: vpi unipivot, posted on February 19, 2021 at 19:26:53
SgreenP@MSN.com
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who makes the 2nd pivot upgrades

 

RE: vpi unipivot, posted on February 19, 2021 at 20:18:58
edwyun
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I communicated with Joe Pittman at Kosmic via email. He is also on the Facebook VPI Group, which is where I learned of his sapphire thrust plate and ruby tip a while back.

 

Its a Band Aid, posted on February 20, 2021 at 10:46:06
stereo5
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The dual pivot is just a band aid for a flawed arm. I never liked the 3D arm on my VPI Prime, it felt cheap and needed constant fiddling. It got to be a real PITA to have to adjust the arm before I could play records. The arm was always tilting to one side or the other and I had to constantly adjust the side weights and the tonearm weight.

After 2 years of not using it, I traded it in on a new Technics SL 1200G and couldn't be happier. If the gimbaled arm was available when I bought the Prime, I would still have it. I bought the Prime from Audio Connection in NJ and it was set up properly.


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