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  1. Checked and looks the same. It sounds pretty good and weight is correct, so I guess I'll just ignore it until the next upgraditis
  2. Hi, Thank you so much for all the answers!! I've set the weight with the pro-ject microgram scale (and the TT level). I've set the anti-skating, a bit weirdly I admit, by ear using a tracking test record and trying to get the same amount of distortion on both channels- this ended up being almost exactly on 1.75. I said it was "professionally set" with quotes because it came back from the shop where I'd been offered a realignment with an anti-skating of 0.8 (Rega advises 1.75 for the Elys2). Will try with turning record tonight - thanks again for the help! Francois
  3. Hi guys, I am a bit new to TTs. I was redoing alignment etc today, after I realised that the screws on the cartridge were mounted upside down (instead of bottom up), such that things weren't attached correctly. I then had to redo the alignment, which went well, but I noticed something a bit strange when the needle touches the vinyl. It's as if the cantilever was a bit bent: it goes right down and when it "touches down" it goes sideways a tiny bit. Given that the antiskating was "professionally adjusted" to 0.8 while Rega says it should be set at about 1.75 (the tracking weight), I am now wondering if this low weight hasn't kinda bent it a bit. I've put a 2s video of the phenomenon on Dropbox; would appreciated your advice! https://www.dropbox.com/s/l2jaw0wa2p8v6c9/2017-02-19 17.51.02.mov?dl=0 (You can click on download if resolution isn't good enough) Thanks!! Francois
  4. Hi guys, I have a follow-up question on my setup. I was redoing alignment etc today, after I realised that the screws on the cartridge were mounted upside down (instead of bottom up), such that things weren't attached correctly. I then had to redo the alignment, which went well, but I noticed something a bit strange when the needle touches the vinyl. It's as if the cantilever was a bit bent: it goes right down and when it touches it goes sideways a tiny bit. Given that the antiskating was "professionally adjusted" to 0.8 while Rega says it should be set at about 1.75 (the tracking weight), I am now wondering if this low weight hasn't kinda bent it a bit. I've put a 2s video of the phenomenon on Dropbox; would appreciated your advice! https://www.dropbox.com/s/l2jaw0wa2p8v6c9/2017-02-19 17.51.02.mov?dl=0 (Click on download if resolution isn't good enough) Thanks!! F
  5. Yes maybe although it was very good for detail and timber!
  6. My top-5 was Hana EL Grace F9E (Soudsmith ruby cantilever) Denon 303 Grace F8L (Paradox Pulse body) - great everything apart from small soundstage Denon DL103 (Wood body, shibata tip) Although very hard to give a rank among them
  7. @MattyW So very interesting listening session this Sunday! I think my favorite, blind of any other review (and with all possible things in the way - DAC, speakers, etc), is the Hana EL for it's large soundstage, detail and timber of the sax! Very informative recordings; should make a post about it to share with others! Again many many many thanks!
  8. Hi @andyr, Thank you so much for the link; very useful. Actually, you know, Regas have a 3rd screw so that adjustment is very limited. I however feel that the setting is not quite right; looking from the top I feel that there should be a 0.5mm difference, but I cannot do it with the 3rd screw. Do you know if people have "let go" of Rega's third screw?
  9. Actually, subsidiary question: how to you accurately set the bias? It seems that sound gets a bit better with a lighter setting but I don't know how to get it fully right.
  10. I now have the same track recorded with 12 cartridges; How amazing is that?!!
  11. Had one with Mun, but ordered my own now. How much lighter would you get? Unfortunately, cannot get anything demo-ed at my reseller any more - seems like they're not interested in demo-ing under $10k anymore!
  12. Yes, amazingly different, now trying different combinations; where to place them (plinth or feet, just pods, etc). I see the brand recommends using an 13mm MDF sheet between pods and TT's feet (http://www.vibrapod.com/isolatorinstallation.htm). Will try that I think as well
  13. Little update, have added vibrapods and cones between anti-vibration mat and TT, and again non-negligible improvement. Have tried then removing the mat, and noticeably less good. Also added spikes to speakers and again, nice gain in definition (although not as much as the rest). Now waiting for cork/rubber mats, as cork had made a big difference when trying them with @Runaway. Also tried with and without lid, slightly better without I think but not sure (and biased, given how much prettier it looked without ). TBC
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