A little while ago, I was talking with one of the members of our forum, Joe , or hearingimpaired as most of you know him. He's really into vinyl, to say the least... He's also a MAD TWEAKER.
Well we got to talkin' stuff and Joe tells me tells me about this tweak he has. It's called The Clamp. Basically it's a device that you would use on you turntable to make the album sit tight down to the platter. It will also cure the problem if your albums have any warpage. Now I know that there are alot of products out now that do this, but this one is pretty sweet. And it was designed ten years ago, by Joe. You can ask him about that story...
Joe sent me one to check out. I open it up, read the intro and instructions, which are very clear, and took a good look. Very well constructed, nicely balanced with a fair amount of mass and heft. It will add mass to the platter quite nicely, which would be a good thing. The gripping surfaces are nicely knurled and the action is smooth as silk.
The operation is simple. The clamp comes with three shims of different thickness'. Which one you'll use depends on the TT and the album. You slip one of them over your spindle and place the album on top of it. Then you slip the clamp over the spindle and turn it. It will grip your spindle and then draw in on it's self, which it wll force the LP to flatten out and couple to the platter.
Does it make a difference? Hell yes!!! I am currently using a very light (micro) tracking force cartridge. I found I had to increase the tracking force on it at times due to it lifting and distorting. Now I have only .8 grams force on it, which save tremendously on record and stylus wear. Another extremely nice benefit of this is you can extract so much more detail from the recording, as the stylus is not forced down it can pick up and tranfer the vibration much more efficiently.
This little device also just about eliminates flutter (this is my calling, not by the true definiton). By making such intimate contact with the platter, no air can get underneath the LP and create the unwanted extra vibration which would lead to a cluttering of your signal. (Now if you have problems of true wow and flutter with your TT, this isn't going to cure that.) What you get is a lowered noise floor and a much better defined soundstage. You also experience a much tighter bass response with more definition.
Definitely worthy. Absolutely...