VTAF(tm), VTA ADJUSTMENT ON THE FLY FOR All SME TONEARMS:
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VTAF(tm), Patented, pronounced "vee-taff," for VTA on the Fly.
Unlike other VTAF products, The VTAF for SME arms is not for everyone. Considerable manual skills are required to do the required assembly of the VTAF components onto the SME components. Nonetheless, for the dedicated DIY person, this allows SME arms to be integrated with the VTAF for exceptionally good sonic results, plus easy adjustment of VTA while the record plays.
Installation can be provided for an additional $120 USD plus return shipping.
Details are provided below:
VTAF FOR SME TONEARMS:
$276 USD in Laquered Brass finish (add $48 USD for Smokey Silver finish; add $36 USD for Teflon Upgrade). Includes a sliding base plate perfectly fit to the VTAF Bronze Bushing, to replace the SME sliding base plate. Owner provides phono cables. Phono cable available from Pete Riggle Audio for an additional $180 USD.
Also available is the VTAF Teflon Upgrade: Sonics are improved over the already impressively musical VTAF. The adjuster wheel is easier to turn than for the already smooth and easy VTAF. Price is $36, which includes shipping. 20 minutes down time for installation.
All VTAF installations require an arm board mounting hole 1.25 inches in diameter, or, with the VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate, a slot 1.25 inches wide by 2.25" long.
In addition the VTAF for SME requires assembly skills not possessed by everyone. Proceed with knowledge of your own abilities or those of a good friend or available technician. The primary challenge is working with and soldering the very fine wires coming out of the arm mounting pillar.
In this application, certain parts of the SME arm system are set aside and remain unused in the VTAF for SME installation.
SME parts set aside and not used include 1) the SME sliding mounting plate, which is replaced by a VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate, 2) the shield can at the base of the mounting pillar, 3) the wire ring around the mounting pillar, and 4) the circular SME mounting base.
ADVANTAGES (MORE THAN JUST VTA ON THE FLY):
Smooth and easy adjustment of VTA on the fly!
Continuously variable VTA adjustment . . . infinite resolution!
VTA is easy to measure, record, and reset!
Improved sound stage, imaging, inner detail, nuance, air, dynamics, pace and rhythm, and improved bass compared with the original mounting system! This is above and beyond the VTA adjustment benefit! Please check out the testimonials below.
Raises tonearm performance to the highest level!
After installation the tone arm can be removed and restored to the table in just moments. This is convenient and time saving when you wish to change cartridges, work on a tonearm, work on a turntable, or transport an arm or table. This is a sleeper benefit, a convenience you won't understand until you experience it!
OTHER VTA ADJUSTERS, ORIGINAL OR AFTER-MARKET, DO NOT CLAIM OR PROVIDE THE ADVANTAGES LISTED ABOVE.
Caution . . . Technical skill is required for installaltion of the VTAF on an SME arm:
To get an idea of the installation of the VTAF for SME, consider the following steps: 1) unplug phono cable, 2) remove shield can held in place by one small screw) 3) unscrew 2 screws holding phono cable socket and snip the 4 signal wires and the ground wire close to the phono cable socket; 4) lift out wire ring stop from the mounting pillar, 4) use Allen wrench to loosen mounting collar set screw; slide mounting collar off mounting pillar, 5) strip the ends of the very small diameter wires exiting the mounting pillar to expose about 1/8" of wire, 6) remove about 1 inch of the outer wrap from the phono cable where it will enter the VTAF strain relief, revealing the signal wires, 7) strip the insulation to reveal about 1/8" of the phono cable signal wires and the phono ground wire, 8) tin the ends of the five fine tonearm internal wires; tin the ends of the phono cable signal wires and ground wire, 9) slide the VTAF Brass Mounting Pillar Extension over the phono cables with the slotted end of the tube closest to the tone arm assembly, 10) insert the phono cable signal wires and ground wire through the holes in the VTAF Nylon Strain Relief, and superglue the insulation of these wires into said holes using standard superglue (not gel superglue); capillary action will wick the glue into the holes, 11) stabilize the tone arm assembly so that it will not move, 12) bring the tinned phono cable wire ends within reach of the tonearm internal wire ends and stabilize the phono cable so it can not move, 13) solder the wire ends of the tonearm internal wires to the related wire ends of the phono cable wires, 14) using thin tape provided, wrap a fold of tape over each solder joint, and trim away excess tape with smal scissors, 15) slide the VTAF Brass Mounting Pillar Extension over the nylon strain relief and over the mounting pillar of the SME arm, making sure that the fine tonearm internal wires are not trapped or pinched in the process, 16) continue sliding the Mounting Pillar Extension up the mounting pillar until it reaches the top of the pillar.
At this point the cable is securely connected to the tone arm mounting pillar. The balance of the installation is quite easy compared with the above.
The standard VTAF finish is Lacquered Brass (engine turned brass with a protective lacquer coat). We also offer the VTAF in an optional Smokey Silver finish (engine turned brass, nickel plated, with a protective lacquer coat) Add $48 to the amount of the VTAF for SME order if the Smokey Silver finish is desired.
Contact us if you have a non-traditional turntable plinth with a small armboard. An extension plate may be required to mount the VTAF Guide Assembly.
Please contact us and let us know which table and arm you will be using: 509/582-4548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for the VTAF are growing weekly. Please inquire. email@example.com, or 509/582-4548.
Go to: www//6moons.com and see discussions of the VTAF in Jeff Day's current review of the Origin Live Silver tonearm, and archival review (September 2004) of the legendary Garrard 301 turntable. The VTAF made VTA adjustment and arm swaps easy for these reviews, and contributed to the musicality heard during the listening sessions.
Issue #153 of TAS, April/May 2005 gives the VTAF a solid recommendation ("Absolute Analog" by Stephaen Harrell, Page 18).
"Here is an indispensable bargain for users of the ubiquitous Rega Arms! The VTAF allows VTA adjustment on the fly (yes, while the record is playing!) Does it work? Absolutely! After using the VTAF, I experienced improved soundstage, detail, nuance, and air; VTA adjustment is often necessary to get the most out of your cartridge. But the general improvement provided by the VTAF? itself was a revelation! Since it takes just 10 seconds to remove or return the arm, accommodating cartridge changes, multiple tables or multiple arms with different cartridges is now uncomplicated."
Ron Barbee, Thorens TD125, SME 3009: As the recent recipient of a version of your product which affords vertical tracking angle adjustment for my recently restored 1967 Thorens TD125 turntable with an SME 3009 tone arm, I want to encourage you to continue manufacturing this fine innovation and to recommend the incorporation of the VTAF capability to anyone with similar equipment.
The TD125/SME3009 combination has provided years of excellent service but the one major fault has been the difficult and imprecise adjustment of VTA. The VTAF is the solution and it is light enough to allow the turntable suspension to work correctly.
The advent of new cartridge technology caused me to set aside this turntable and arm combination for a number of years because vertical tracking angle became an important adjustment to attain the best performance from the cartridges I chose to use. The arrangement modified with the VTAF provides precise, repeatable setups and allows me to enjoy my recordings on vinyl without the need to guess.
In addition, to change cartridges or perform inspection or even cleaning I can just lift the assembly out of the base and have easy access to all aspects of the tone arm.
The sound has taken on another set of parameters previously not experienced. The Thorens/SME now challenges my other turntables and requires a serious decision as to where to place it in my three listening areas. It easily competes with my Linn Sondek, Panasonic SP10, and VPI tables with various top notch arms. I use Denon, Dynavector, Myabi, Pickering/Stanton, Grado and Spectral cartridges currently with great satisfaction and am going to branch out to see how other applications work with this system.
My sound systems are very high resolution and have only been enhanced by the ability to precisely and repeatedly attain the vta required for the best sound at the moment .
Thanks for a fine product and a wonderful enhancement to my old new playback system.
Bill Heyboer, Michell Technoarm on Sota Vacuum turntable: Hello, Just a note to say the VTAF system works wonderfully on a SOTA vacuum turntable with a Michell Technoarm (Modified Rega). I had been using an Eminent Technology air bearing arm and decided to simplify. The Benz Ace MC never sounded better. The setup and instructions were easy to accomplish and you are to be applauded for your design. Thanks.
Torstein Natland, Norway, Nottingham Spacearm on Spacedeck: Hi Pete. The VTAF works fine. I am very pleased with it. The VTAF makes it sooo easy to adjust the VTA. I have found just the right VTA angel for my Van Den Hul "the frog," and now its really playing music. Worth every penny !!!!! Thanks again. Have left you good feedback on ebay. Best Regards, Torstein
Bill Capolongo, Origin Live Encounter arm on Teres 255 table: The VTAF is fantastic, really a big improvement! Thanks so much for helping out. I installed the VTAF this weekend. It is just great; it exceeds my expectations. I'm glad you convinced me to stay with it!
David McIntosh, Rega P3, Shelter 501 Cartridge: Hi Pete, Rright now I'm pretty much in Audio Heaven (say Hallelujah!) Beautiful new preamp, beautiful new Rega with a new acrylic platter and "special" mat, beautiful new cartridge, beautiful new crossovers in the old Klipsch, and of course the beautiful new VTAF. My LP collection runs the gamut from the thinnest RCA's from the '80's to some of the most recent 200g audiophile pressings. The new Shelter 501 installed with minimal adjustment necessary and sounds nothing short of amazing. But being able to fine tune the VTA without stopping and shimming the arm is even more amazing. I really can easily find the sweet spot for not only every record but every song! This is important to me because of the amount of archival recording I plan to do. Even though my system's much improved sound quality is due to the combination of changes I've made, I can single out the VTAF as a major plus and I'm glad I made the investment.
Phil Hyun, email, Rega Planar with RB600 arm: I just wanted to tell you that I installed the VTAF into my Rega Planar 25 with RB600 arm yesterday (took about 30 minutes and I used a Forstner bit and a litle sanding) and had a good listen today. The improvement in sound is really staggering. The P25 sounds totally different. MUCH better. It's just livelier, more realistic, and the music is just way more 3 dimensional. Like it pops out of the air and with much greater clarity and detail. I'm just grinning from ear to ear. I can't wait to show this to all of my audio buddies. I think it's safe to say you can expect some more orders from the Portland area soon. Thanks for a GREAT product at an affordable price!
Tubesforever, Vinyl Asylum: When I added the Pete Riggle VTAF (vertical angle on the fly system) to my table, I was not expecting such a great increase in sound and smiles. With just a turn of an adjustment wheel while listening to the song, I can adjust the VTA and just nail it every time. It is easy to hear the sound just snap into place. Bass, midrange, vocals all improved in every area describable. This Pete Riggle VTAF is the real deal and should be considered strongly by anyone who truly loves vinyl.
Dale Humphrey, email, Roksan table, Roksan Tabriz arm: An absolute joy to deal with. Pete is patient, understanding, and will take every necessary step to ensure his product exceeds your expectations. Have a tonearm without adjustable VTA? You must investigate the VTAF!
Kevin Convey, email, heavily modded VPI HW19 MK4 and Rega RB300: Count me among those who have drunk the Kool Aid on the efficacy of the VTAF. You'll remember that I wondered whether the unit had left my heavily modded VPI HW19 MK 4 and Rega RB300 with less bass response than before. Using your instructions, I tested my J.M. Michell VTA adjuster against the VTAF for bass response. Not only was the result no contest in favor of the VTAF with regard to bass response, but also with respect to air, soundstage and just about every other audiophile metric you could think of. Just to test myself, and having read somewhere Origin Live's suggestion that its tonearm not be overtightened to the armboard, I auditioned my RB300 with the Michell's VTA adjuster nut both tight and loose. Again, the result was no contest: the arm sounded far better with the nut loose. But the VTAF sounded even better than that. To paraphrase the Bible: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. So consider this a thank-you note. Thanks not only for suggesting a way I might satisfy my own ears about the difference the VTAF makes, but for designing and marketing such an useful, elegant and great-sounding device in the first place.
George McKelvey, email, Moth Alamo S table, Rega RB250 arm with Michell Technoweight and Incognito wiring: Uncoupling the tone arm from the plinth has had a dramatic effect all by itself. I'm really impressed with your product. It is ingenious, easy to install, and it works as advertised.
Jim Howard, email, Kenwood KD500 table and arm: I am now playing the Grado Ref Master on my Kenwood's KD 550 arm that I modified to work with the VTAF. The VTAF transformed the sound of this arm. It was midfi at the very best, but with the VTAF it just continues to amaze me. I am not sure if I could live without VTAF now that I have tasted it! Kinda like chocolate but a whole lot better! Reminds me of Sarah MacLaughlins "Ice Cream"!
Dennis Pitzer, email, Michell Gyrodec Table and Zeta arm: Well, with the patience of Job, you walked me through each step of the installation process (much simpler in reality than perceived). Ultimately I spent more time re-aligning my Lyra Helikon with Wallytractor than I did installing the VTAF! The results are simply stunning! As a High Fi enthusiast for over 25 years, I can honestly state that no single improvement; component upgrade, tweak etc. has gotten me closer to the absolute sound as the VTAF. I am hearing musical passages, inner detail, sound stage and frequency range extension that I did not dream possible. As I actively listen to my record collection, I find my jaw dropping in amazement and sheer pleasure. Thanks very much for engineering such a fine product, selling it at a fair price, and supporting your customers in a "world class manner!"
Jeff Horiguchi, email, Nottingham Hyperspace Table and Mentor Arm (special adaptation of VTAF, $199.98): I set it all up over the weekend and it is a thing of beauty. The VTAF works as you described and is a joy to use. It really could not have been any easier to use, install and to order. I would not hesitate to recommend to someone else.
Jim Howard, Audio Asylum DIY, Kenwood KD-500 table and arm: I have sold scientific instruments for 13 years. I have a decent background in electronics, some engineering experience, some physics, and 5 years of high end audio sales experience. I have heard, sold, and set up some really awesome gear.
When my VTAF arrived I carefully modified my Kenwood KD-500 tonearm mounting board for the VTAF bronze bearing insert. This took about an hour. Be patient. Get it right the first time. I plugged it all in, dropped the arm into the bushing and sat back to listen to some favorite records.
Oh my gawd..... Heaven help us all.
With my new VTAF a simple adjustment up or down just snaps the sound in place. My initial impression was "wow the bass is clear, tight, and perfectly extended."
The VTAF nails the bass perfectly, and the midbass now has flesh. You can hear the skin of the fingertips slip past the bass strings. I've never heard this before on recordings. Regarding the human voice, I am still in disbelief. I can hear a human head singing to me from center stage, not a voice coming from between the speakers but the actual head. Folks it is pure fun to hear the singer right there in your room, mouthing the vocals of your favorite songs. Sara MacLaughlin modulates her notes by changing the shape of her mouth. She twists her jaw as she sings and you can see her doing it in your sound field.
In the the upper midrange I hear the drummer pressing the brushes into his cymbals. I hear his sticks being swirled on the drum heads instead of being struck against them. I hear percussion as you expect to hear it, with pace and rhythm, and emotion. Listen to some well recorded drum music with the VTAF and you will hear new magic you never heard before.
The VTAF so improved my high frequency sound that I was transfixed. Never have I heard vinyl get a cymbal, a triangle, or a transient so accurately.
Today I get to listen to every record as if for the very first time. The VTAF lets you dial the sound perfectly every single time, allowing you to make a thick sounding album sound more dry, or a dry record sound more full. Some of my more marginal recordings of great music, though still flawed, are more listenable with the VTAF. VTAF allows you to adjust the sound so voices are perfect. Everything sounds better when you nail the VTA and you can do it in seconds. It is amazing that 1 to 3 degrees up or down affects the music as it does, but your ears will not deceive you. VTAF is the answer to getting more smiles out of every moment you listen to Vinyl.
So in summary, you owe it to yourself to try the VTAF. It has made the most impressive change to my vinyl listening experience. I hope you will be brave enough to experience the VTAF for yourself.
David Sloane, Audio Asylum Review, Origin Live Encounter Arm on O.L. Aurora Gold table (special adaptation of VTAF for the Aurora Gold table with small armboard, $199.98): Let me say that it is truly a work of art (I love industrial art of ANY kind) and it is installed in the Aurora Gold/Encounter arm and it is probably one of the most incredibly elegant and beautiful inventions I've ever seen. It performs incredibly well, and I think it's the best couple-hundred bucks I've spent in this hobby. The fact that it is such a simple and direct solution to what was truly the only "beef" I had with the whole turntable subsystem, to me reflects true genius. I took pictures along the way, and there are one or two special points that need to be addressed when installing on an Aurora Gold. Check out David Sloane's web site documenting his installation of the VTAF on the OL Encounter and Aurora Gold: www.sloanezone.com/vtaf/vtaf.html
Joseph P Horvath II, Audio Asylum Vinyl, (jphii), Teres turntable: "Installation is extremely easy. If you can change a tone arm, you can install the VTAF. Going in, I had a couple of reservations . . . the arm just sits there. No nut to tighten at all . . . I was skeptical . . . the guide is the only thing that holds the tone arm in place (keeps the tone arm pedestal from rotating) . . . that had me a little worried too. So I put on an album I know inside out . . . the VTAF seemed to bring out a new level of detail I had been missing . . . it just seemed more 'right.' So I put on another album I know well . . . Same thing. New levels of detail, previously unheard. And the fun thing is, now I can change VTA on the fly! Seriously, I changed it on the fly, and not one skip, period. And my TT sits on a rack that is , lets see, 'structurally challenged.' If you have a Rega based arm, this will be the best hundred bucks you ever spent."
Bill Luebke, BIX turntable, email: "I have the VTAF in play. Very cool I must say. Slick even. The strange thing is that the VTA on the fly is secondary to the improvement in the soundstage. Even my wife is playing vinyl albums again, a good sign."
Jeff Kane, Clearaudio Evolution Turntable, email: "I put off installing the VTAF for the longest time... Was afraid to trash my P25 etc etc etc. Well, I just got a Clearaudio Evolution and got REALLY tired of doing the 'ol up and down with the VTA adjustors it had on it so the Dremel and I got busy. Funny that I wouldn't touch the P25 but I dove right in on the Clearaudio. As for the sonics... Well just the ability to adjust VTA on the fly is a HUGE boon but for what ever reason (decoupling the arm from the plinth maybe?) the noise level has dropped and the imaging is quite a bit more focused and defined now . . . I definitely heard an improvement with the VTAF . . . LOVE it! P.S. The setup looks PERFECT on the Clearaudio as it matches their hardware100%... It looks like something they would've done. VERY nice. Will be placing an order for a VTAF for the P25."
Mike Price, VPI HW-19 Mk. IV turntable, email: "Couldn't be much easier. My platter mat was thick enough so that I didn't have to do any shimming. This thing works great and sounds even better!!
Barry Howard, VPI HW-19, email: "The installation instructions were foolproof and after the 45 minutes that it took to remove my Expressimo Audio VTA and install yours (mostly sanding the hole in my Corian armboard and adjusting height so that the cartridge body was parallel with the record) I was playing music. I decided to test the VTAF with a new 180 gram pressing of Cat Steven's Tea For The Tillerman . . . my initial test disc as I have upgraded my VPI HW-19. Five seconds into "But I Might Die Tonight" I'm sure that my mouth was hanging open. Every aspect of the presentation had improved beginning with the bass that was better defined with more kick and there even seemed to be more quantity. There was more detail revealed at all frequencies. The mids and highs were more natural and the soundstage became wider and taller - just plain bigger with greater transparency. Amazingly there was not a compromise for all of this improvement . . . The improvement to my HW19 was greater than adding the SAMA ($400 stand alone motor assembly) and on par with adding the Scout platter and inverted bearing ($300)! All of this has been accomplished without even adjusting the VTA. I will look forward to playing with the height adjustment over time. Thanks again for a well engineered product.
Brad Ellis, heavily modified AR XA-1, email: It is just as you promised - more detail, tighter bass, better sound-stage, easy to install and use and georgeous to look at! Thank you so much for another brilliant DIYer's dream item. The VTAF has just brought me closer to my ideal sound than I have ever been before. After 20 plus years, I think I am finally hearing what I have been searching for. I hope I have conveyed that I am thrilled with the VTAF.
Leonard Cue, Luxman version of the Rega P3 turntable, email: "Well thought out and comprehensive instructions made installation a breeze. The precison cartridge shims supplied allowed the VTA adjustment range to be set just right. The arm being practically free of the deck has improved clarity, giving the perception of improved timing and space. The VTAF moves the Shure V15xMR cartridge from sounding like a good technological trick, to the production of actual music."
Ken Perkins, Audio Asylum, email: I've just installed the VTAF on a VPI jr. with an Origin Live 250 and have come to the conclusion that it's one of the best tweaks or mods I've ever done to a turntable/arm. Regardless of the VTA adjustment (it's basically set where it was), I'm convinced the actual mount has contributed to my sound the most. It's more open, there's more air with a blacker background, and dynamics and "pace" are outstanding. The depth of the image is hard to believe and I'm using 30 year old modified Large Advents!
Brian Sloan, email: Another convert here in New Zealand. Great kit. Appreciated that you even included the plastic pipe sanding forms for enlarging the mounting hole. I was surprised at how stable the tone arm feels after installation. That stability seems to transfer directly into the music. The soundstage became more focused and palpable. I was also surprised that I ended up adjusting the tone arm a lot higher than previous calculations had suggested. You can't argue with your ears as the final judge! I've saved the best for last . . . you gave me my vinyl "Kind of Blue" back! Previously unlistenable. That alone was worth the price of this kit.
Richard Golladay, email, Origin Live Silver on Spacedeck: Does the VTAF work? Yep! Does it play my records better? Yep! At this point I'm not sure whether the improvement in sound is attributable to the fact that the arm is not rigidly mounted. I will say that the ability to get VTA right for every record will improve its sound, most particularly when using a fine cartridge. I have more dollars in my Clearaudio cartridge than I have in the Table, arm, mods, and VTAF put together. I have found so far that the the sound stage is wider, images more precise, with improved delineation of instruments in space. Please feel free to use me as a reference. This is a good product, and worth the cost.
Bill Wilborn, email, custom Sonus Formula IV on custom turntable: I've succesfully installed the VTAF. I can confirm that it sounds very good and that I can readily change VTA without skipping a groove. Thanks a lot.
SETUP FOR THE CORRECT VTA RANGE:The goal in setting up the VTAF is to get the cartridge slightly low in the rear when the VTAF is at its lowest setting. This corresponds to a low VTA. Where a height setup adjustment is required, there are several approaches described in the installation instructions. One sure-fire approach is by shimming under the rear or front of the phono cartridge with precision brass shims provided in thicknesses of .010, .020, .030, .040, and .050 inches. Each .010 inches (.25 mm) of shim under the rear of the phono cartridge gives an effect equivalent to increasing the platter height or lowering the arm board by 1/8" (3.2 mm). Each .010 inches of shim under the front of the phono cartridge gives an effect equivalent to decreasing the platter height or raising the arm board by 1/8". The total VTA adjustment range of the VTAF is 0.5 inches, allowing a wide range of easy adjustment once the initial setup is complete.
High resolution, continuously variable adjustment: Each full turn of the adjuster wheel results in only .025" height change.
The VTAF is elegantly simple, attractive in appearance, solidly constructed, and precision machined from solid brass and steel. The appearance parts are solid brass. A luxurious and durable finish is provided by brushing the brass to provide a jewel like appearance (faux engine turning) protected by a heavy coat of clear lacquer.
HOW IT WORKS:
A thin walled tubular steel precision adjuster screw with extra fine external threads slips over the threaded mounting post of the Rega? tone arm system, and is held there by a thin walled ring threaded onto the mounting post.
A precision machined solid brass adjuster wheel with knurled edge for thumbwheel action (2-1/4" outside diameter, 1/10 inch thick . . . 56 mm x 2.5 mm) runs smoothly on the extra fine threads of the adjuster screw.
Each turn of the solid brass adjuster wheel raises or lowers the tone arm pedestal by exactly 25 thousandths of an inch (.625 mm). Less than a full turn produces proportionally less change. An easy-to-see witness mark is provided on the adjuster wheel.
A substantial bronze thrust bushing slip fits to the arm board hole and accepts the adjuster screw in a vertical sliding fashion, with only a few thousandths inch clearance, precisely locating the tone arm pedestal on the arm board.
The tone arm mounting pillar is not fastened down to the arm board, but is supported by the bottom surface of the adjuster wheel resting flat on the precision top flange of the bronze thrust bushing, under the influence of gravity. Because the tone arm assembly is essentially balanced over the pivot point, the tone arm pedestal naturally rests level, without any tipping tendency. This precise but non-rigid "floating" connection of the pedestal to the arm board is the key to better sonics from the tone arm.
A simple precision machined solid brass vertical guide assembly captures the horizontal projection of the Rega? tone arm pedestal, allowing vertical motion of the tone arm pedestal, but preventing the pedestal from rotating in the bronze bushing. The vertical guide assembly adjusts smoothly and easily to minimize free play between the guide system and the pedestal projection.
The brass adjuster thumbwheel raises and lowers the tone arm pedestal easily, smoothly, and precisely, with the record in play. The user can hear changes in the reproduced sound as adjustments are made.
COMPATIBILITY WITH VARIOUS TURNTABLES AND TONEARMS:
The VTAF works with firmly suspended turntables such as the Garrard 301, the Thorens TD124, the Teres, the Rega Planar models, the Clearaudio Evolution and the Bix.
The VTAF also works with spring suspended turntables such as the Thorens TD125, 150, and 160 models, and Linn models.
Week by week the range of turntables on which the VTAF has been installed grows. The turntables on which the VTAF has been installed include Nottingham Spacedeck and Interspace tables, Basis tables, the Michell Gyrodec and Gyrodec SE, the Origin Live Aurora and Aurora Gold, SOTA tables, Thorens TD124 and TD125, several other Thorens models, the Garrard 301, several Rega Planar models, Acoustic Research models, Teres tables, several VPI models, the Clearaudio Evolution, the Bix, the Lenco, the Kenwood 550, and many other models.
Once the bushing is installed in the arm board or turntable deck, it is a snap to remove/replace the arm from/to the turntable for work on the cartridge. The arm is simply lifted out of the bushing while the cables are guided out of the turntable base and through the bushing. This eliminates the need to get under the turntable base to remove or replace the arm. No kidding, this is a huge benefit.
With additional bushing and vertical guide parts, a tone arm may be easily transferred from one turntable to another in just moments.
With an additional adjuster wheel and adjuster screw, different tone arms may be dropped into a turntable in just moments.
Detailed installation and user instructions are provided. The arm board mounting hole is drilled or enlarged to accept the 1.25" outside diameter of the thrust bushing. Complete instructions, 60 grit abrasive paper, and two dowel shaped sanding forms are provided with the VTAF? for enlarging an existing mounting hole. Complete instructions are provided for marking and making a new hole.
BENEFITS of the VTAF TEFLON UPGRADE:
The VTAF Teflon Upgrade adds significantly to the already remarkable sonic benefits of the VTAF.
The Teflon Upgrade Reduces adjuster wheel friction making the already smooth and easy VTA Adjustment on the Fly even smoother and easier.
The VTAF Teflon Upgrade is easy to install. Estimated down time is 20 minutes.
The VTAF Teflon Upgrade Adds only .010" to the minimum achievable tone arm pedestal height.
VTAF TEFLON UPGRADE DESCRIPTION:
The VTAF Teflon Upgrade kit provides a thin Teflon dry lubricating and damping layer to the bottom of the VTAF Adjuster Wheel, to the Top of the VTAF Bronze Bushing, and to the tone arm pedestal extension surfaces contacted by the VTAF Guide Assembly.
The preferred payment method is through PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org . Personal check, cashier?s check, or money order, accepted, payable to Pete Riggle. Credit card payments will be accepted by telephone (509/582-4548). The no-questions return period is 90 days. Sales tax of 8.3% will be added to sales sent to addresses in Washington State.
To discuss interest or concerns you may have regarding the VTAF? feel free to contact: Pete Riggle Engineering and Audio, 2112 South Olympia, Kennewick, WA, 99337, USA; telephone and fax 509/582-4548, email PeteRiggle@msn.com.