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Re: Chadwick mods TD-125 (a liitle long)

the review was in The Absolute Sound, vol 14,issue 58, march/april 1989.(pgs.102-105), reviewed by Steven Stone, including a response from Steven C.Grant.

9 mods were done:
1) baltic birch plywood 1/2/" replacing the existing bottom plate with three spikes or cones underneath
2) isolation of the 3 suspension springs of the suspension using new gaskets and silicon
3) dampning the top of the motor plate and the underside of the top plate with 2 kinds of silicon damping material
4) readjustment of the bearings and selective damping of the arm tube
5) dampning of the the platter hub with silicon and rebalancing
6) lining the underside of the arm board with cork for further isolation
7) replacing the rubber mat with a Chadwick "Corktone" mat
8) replacing the standard interconnect with a Sumiko PIP box and the interconnects of your choice
9) installing and aligning of the arm and cartridge of your choice

The Thorens was a garbage TD-125 w/Ultracraft 3000 tonearm and a few cartridges(Denon 109E, Ortofon MC-5, AQ 404i, ADC XLM-1). Comparing the unit to a VPI Hw-19 Mk2 w/Mk3 motor, Souther Tri-quartz arm, Clearaudio Veritas cartridge and Souther Superlitz interconnect. ($2700USD Vs $600USD)
SS concluded that the Chadwick was much closer than one would expect, with the VPI having a better sense of air, differentiating the instruments better and having a greater sense of ease. The Thorens was harmonically richer--the VPI was more correct.Just a guy rambling on....


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