Rega tour Feb 1, 2020 15:59:21 GMT
Post by dsjr on Feb 1, 2020 15:59:21 GMT
You forget my career sir and the huge number of cartridges I set up in a variety of arms, listening to every one I should add. To this day, I have a collection of RB300 spacers and on many decks unless it was absolutely necessary, adding spacers more often than not made it worse.
As to rake angles and so on, you think I made it up? Takle a look at the numerous HiFi Choice (and related period HFN cartridge reviews with measurements - yes, those things that subjectivists choose to ignore) and you'll find reference to stylus shape, polish and alignment showing what I say. Further listening tests confirm these observations in a large nomber of the cartridges we had through our hands. Not all by any means, but certainly a good few.
Rega still vehemently deny that VTA is important and only a couple of months ago their sales manager, an old colleague of mine from the 90's, forgot my past for a minute and went off on one about it not being important before I reminded him with a smile whom he was having a go at! To confirm, I also found that 1/10g either way could mimic VTA fine tuning and that's probably what you're hearing if the cartridge's tracking performance allows it. In fact, I think their arms are now set fractionally too high with their own pickups (I don't think it's my eyesight)...
No problem Oli if Rega arms aren't going to make it for you., they don't for many unless they're bodged up RB250 based things. Like I say many times, shame I can't sit people down and physically and audibly show you what I found decades ago. At least current Rega arms have more sophisticated spacer arrangements for those who use these arms in decks with different platter heights.