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    Default VPI Traveler w/ Grado Sonata is in the house!

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    Definitely a step up from the Thorens TD-166 MKII w/ Shure MX97E that I had previously. The Grado is warm, rich, and lush sounding, even without having gotten to the recommended 50 hours break-in time. The VPI is solid and tight, especially on top of the massive cutting board it's sitting on. Since I took these photos I received a set of anti-vibration pads that the cutting board now rests on. The end result is very, very precise music, I'm listening to records that I'm very familiar with and noticing that instruments are so much more precise. There's a certain muddiness/grunge that's gone, quite consistent with what should be happening when you have better control over resonance. I bought it from ElusiveDisc, they did the cartridge install and all of the tonearm adjustments for me. I'm extremely happy with this purchase!
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    VERY nice!

    That cutting board looks pretty powerful under the TT and actually makes the whole package look pretty spectacular.

    Congrats on the new TT.
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    It's massive. The combination of the board and the table is over 50 pounds.
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    Very nice, the Traveler looks like a winner for sure, I think you're going to love it, n'joy!

    What's the rest of your set-up? Are you using a dedicated phono pre?
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    No Mike, not a dedicated phono pre. I have the Dared MC-7P which has a tube phono stage, you can see it right underneath the turntable.
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    That goes to a Krell KAV-2250 and on out to my 4.1TL's.
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    Sweet, I'm sure it sounds as good as it looks.
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    Congrats on your upgrade!
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    very nice tt enjoy the vinyl
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    I want to be listening to it right now, but too busy watching the hoops!
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    Very nice tt. Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspindel View Post
    I want to be listening to it right now, but too busy watching the hoops!
    Be like me...

    Watch the tourney with no sound, and spin some vinyl!
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    Congrats !
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    Quote Originally Posted by hochpt21 View Post
    Be like me...

    Watch the tourney with no sound, and spin some vinyl!
    Don't have a tv in my music room. Besides, then I can't hear Charles Barkley give me a linguistics lesson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nspindel View Post
    Don't have a tv in my music room. Besides, then I can't hear Charles Barkley give me a linguistics lesson.
    That's tewwible.
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    No. It's a 2-syllable word. Turble.
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hochpt21 View Post
    That's tewwible.
    Sounds more like Elmer Fudd.
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    Congratulations on the new TT.Enjoy
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    Congrats on the upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspindel View Post
    Sounds more like Elmer Fudd.
    Your right...sorry.

    Terrrible.
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    This table is going to steal a lot of biz from Music Hall, Pro-Ject and company. How do you like the arm? It's not a uni-pivot IIRC.

    Also, do you have to remove the platter to switch to 45rpm?

    Think this has less than .03 wow/flutter spec which is impressive for the price in my opinion, and the delrin plinth!
    thanks!
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    Congrats on the new table, looks very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorcilantro View Post
    This table is going to steal a lot of biz from Music Hall, Pro-Ject and company. How do you like the arm? It's not a uni-pivot IIRC.

    Also, do you have to remove the platter to switch to 45rpm?

    Think this has less than .03 wow/flutter spec which is impressive for the price in my opinion, and the delrin plinth!
    thanks!
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    Yes - I think this is a great sector of the market for VPI to enter, and I think they will be very successful with this product. Previously their cheapest table was the Scout, which is up in the $2000 range, and they were giving a lot of the entry-level market to Pro-ject and Rega. With the Traveler they should capture a lot of that business.

    The arm is gimbaled, newly designed just for the Traveler.

    Actually wow & flutter is less than .02%, but who's counting

    Plinth is delrin and aluminum combo. Between the plinth and the cutting board, this thing is rock steady.
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    I have an earlier version of the Traveler with the motor mounted on the side. Although the table is a great performer, keep an eye on the tightness of the inner tonearm pins, they can work loose and the tonearm will become detached from the gimbaled assembly. I had this happen to me a couple of weeks ago, the fix was easy – get everything lined up and in place, then tighten the pins and finally back the pins screws off a quarter turn.
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    You're not the first person I've heard having this issue. I think they've fixed that problem. Mine is the most recent revision of the table, it's just been revised.
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    nspindel - the version I have apparently had the pins lengthened to address this issue and yet I had a problem. The tonearm will warn you if it is coming loose, keep an eye out for any additional motion in the gimbal assembly when locking the tonearm in its holder (the pins are spring loaded and as they loosen there will be additional lateral motion in the arm). The factory did use Loctite, but only after the screws had been tighten (applied to the top of the screw and not down in the threads) and very sparingly at that. You will also have to recheck your tracking force after the pin tightening.
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    So will this be a long term issue for you? They will keep coming loose and you will need to keep retightening and recalibrating?
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspindel View Post
    So will this be a long term issue for you? They will keep coming loose and you will need to keep retightening and recalibrating?
    I'm still debating if I want to apply some additional Locktite (blue instead of red) making sure that this time it makes its way into the threads. I have only had to do it once in the two months I have owned the table and it only took about ten minutes to get everything up and running again.

    Not what I expected out of a table at this price point, especially when you look at how well built the table is. The thing gets a pass though because it sounds so damn good!
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    Have you called VPI to get their take on this problem?
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspindel View Post
    Have you called VPI to get their take on this problem?
    No I haven't contacted VPI, but I have followed numerous threads regarding this issue on Audio Karma. Posters at AK who have contacted VPI have either been walked through the fix or been told to send their tonearms back to VPI. Others were told by VPI to just put a bit of nail polish over the screw heads, sort of like Locktite I guess.
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