|BOOSTER OIL KIT
Can something as simple as the spindle lubrication make a difference to the sound?Yes it can.I must confess that I was slightly sceptical of whether this modification would work. That said, I wanted to give it the best chance to prove itself. Some of you may know of my recent turntable saga, which started with trashing my Roksan Shiraz cart and ultimately led to a Cardas tone arm rewire (a splendid job by Audio Origami on that and the cardas plug), converting to 3.5mtr balanced inputs from the tonearm to my World Audio Design Valve Phonostage so I could accommodate wall mounting my turntable on an adjacent wall. I’ve waited a few weeks to let everything settle and allow myself to get accustomed to the sound before getting round to doing the oil. Ideal opportunity tonight as Wife and baby are away for a couple of days.What can I say?Subtle it is not, at least not on my system. I reckon I’ve got a pretty good system buy most people’s standards, gives me plenty of detail. and before tonight I thought I was getting lots of detail from my vinyl – lots more since I wall-mounted the Orbe’d Gyrodec. and that’s taking into account running nearly 3 metres more tone arm cable than before.So what does the oil do?In a nutshell it lowers the noise floor to the point that there is so much more detail coming through. so what happens in effect is that the dynamic range increases. substantially. I’m listening louder than before – because I can. the background surface noise is so much less intrusive. so I’m finding that I’m compensating by turning it up a bit to hear the familiar vinyl surface noise, which is barely audible. Analogue recordings are obvious, even modern ones. I’m currently spinning Emilana Torrini’s fisherman’s Woman LP. it’s a 45 RPM as well and the tape hiss is audible behind the music (just) even without headphones.The Gyrodec/Orbe’s strengths lie in it’s bass, IMO, and also its weakness – the bass ‘bloom’. the way round it is well documented on the web – to decouple the arm board from the Mickey-mouse ears with sausage-shaped loops of blutac on the top and bottom of each armboard spacer or get the Gert Pedersen Arm board mod which does the same thing (it was renewing the blutac that caused the demise of my shiraz). The Audio Origami oil tightens up the bass even further, by orders of magnitude. more focus as well as bass detail, but never overpowering. Treble is sharper too. closer to the crystal clarity normally associated with CD but still unmistakably vinyl.One obvious side effect is that any scratches are accentuated a bit more, as are pressing defects.It’s just as well that the belt drive and motor slow the platter down when the motor is powered off, otherwise I think I’d still be waiting for it to stop spinning next week.If you haven’t already got some Audio Origami Oil in your turntable’s spindle, you’re not hearing the full potential of your turntable and vinyl. it’s that simple. it takes a few minutes to do. but be warned, you’ll be up all night with vinyl strewn everywhere…kennyK (booster oil)
|Hi johnWell it’s a month or two since I last had the chance to hear my Garrard but been listening to it all day – it sounds fantastic with your arm mods. Really very VERY happy with it. It’s really opened the sound out, sharpened it up, and firmed up the bass! It’s a Garrard on steroids now – haha! I found the earthing lead was mandatory on my 301 – I attached one end to the underside of the chassis and the other to the earth terminal on my Creek phono stage.Thank you again for the transformation to my RB250 – it’s still looking great as well of course!John Mays (Hi-Fi reviewer)RB-250 strip and polish and rewire with cardas|
Hi John,Early indications on the sound: BRILLIANT…!!!I had no idea any arm could sound so good. In the past I have used an Incognito rewired RB300 which I thought was quite good: but this arm leaves it dead in the water.I haven’t listened to it a great deal yet, but I have heard enough to realise just how good it is.Every aspect of the sound is improved dramatically, from the bass all the way though the mid-band to high treble. I have genuinely heard things on records I have NEVER heard before.What is really amazing is that the difference is noticeable as soon as the stylus hits the groove, even before the music starts. It is difficult to describe why this is the case, but it most definitely is. I think there is an inky blackness and a solidity of nothingness that was never there before. When it starts the music just comes from nothing. There is no vinyl roar or swooshing… just nothing…and then the music starts.I have been using my Benz Micro Ace cartridge and I had no idea it could be so good.Previously it was OK, but a bit on the ‘warm’ side with a ‘full’, and I think slightly bloated bass; it also seemed to lack some sparkle at the top end.In this arm, however, it is totally transformed. The bass is amazing (people who think a Sugden A21 doesn’t do proper bass, should hear this), the mid-band is still warm, but now with tons of detail and the treble is really smooth, but also with levels of detail hitherto lost to me. Some records sound surprisingly different with all these levels of added detail.What have I been missing all these years?
So far I have only tried the arm with the ‘decoupled’ weight. I will try it with the others to see what difference(s) they make.
So these are my first impressions. I shall listen further and let you know how my listening experiences progress: and I’ll then send you the photos of the arm mounted on the Spacedeck.
‘bye for now, and thank you so much,
|(Booster oil kit)Yes, I got an Oil and everything else as you promised. I have to admit that your oil does wonders!! I just completed Lenco 75 modification project, building the plinth, changing the Tonearm, silver wiring… etc.Big part of it was to be able to clean the old oil and replace with quality one. Let me quickly update you on results of my small experiment. I done simple test measuring the time or how long it would take for platter to stop spinning, after I switch the tt off. Results are: On the 78 rpm, before oil change tt kept going for 34 sec.After I changed the oil, using the same settings, tt kept going for over two minutes. This is almost 5 times better. Use them as you wish, also feedback.Keep me posted. Regards, Mik
(mayware tone arm repair)
Bloody hell your good!
Johnny da man Double to the 0 Seven…
Tested the arm out with a lovely 180g copy of ‘closing time’ by Tom Waits. My sincere thanks for helping me out – I look forward to many years of listening.
I will sing your praises from the rooftops to anyone that will listen! From your email last night it is clear to see that you have a passion for this kind of work – lucky you!
Few people get to do something they really enjoy. A nice insight into your training too. Anyway, perhaps I will require your services in future – I hope to get hold of an LP12 at some point and will no doubt have a long list of questions and associated problems. In the meantime take care and the best of luck with your new Tone arm design.
(SYRINX PU3 rewire)
(pu7 tone arm build)
I am attaching a photo of the repaired deck which is working perfectly.
It used to have a switch which gave a choice of 33 or 45 rpm but I was perfectly happy to do a repair which gave me only 33 rpm.
It’s your fault that I bought this!
What am I supposed to do now with all the so-called “studio masters” or CD quality downloads ?
With my new Linn LP12 (+ Sole VII, Audio Origami PU7, and vdH Condor) as they would say in France “il n’y a pas de photo” !
And the funniest thing is that the MC phono stage of my DarTZeel amplifier is, by far, not burned-in yet and the same applies to the PU7 I guess.
Just a few examples:
1. Brahms third symphony (Reiner, Chicago, RCA) on LP (original pressing, bought second hand) is just in another sonic dimension compared to the download. It is simply pointless to tell why. I go to a live concert every other week if you see what I mean.
2. Shostakovich 5th Symphony (Bernstein, New York, CBS) sounds as great as the download but much more “real” and with no congestion.
3. Things don’t improve when playing high resolution files. With my upgraded Linn I can listen at a much higher volume with no fatigue, no congestions, nothing but music.
When I just compare records before and after my upgrade I have to rely on my emotions more than on my memory. Well, in Eric Clapton’s Just one night, I have never heard the guitars sounding so “liquid”. In Genesis “Seconds out” (not the best recording I possess) the drums at the end of the concert are precise, fast and deep as ever. And I could continue endless with similar descriptions.
The other side of the coin is that I am rediscovering my LP’s collection and it is a lot of fun.
John & J7, thank you for your great support and after-sale service. I am just counting down the minutes to come back one day to Wales to have my Linn serviced again. And, who knows, maybe I should find some time to come to Scotland as well …. ?