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I've seen TTs with record clamps and acrylic platters. Do they really make a difference to sound? There is a project acrylic platter that I may consider if there'd be benefits . What does the clamp do apart from pressing the record closer to the platter?

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I have a project debut carbon, and upgraded to the acrylic platter, as I wanted to do away with the stock platter and that awful felt mat that just seemed to create allot of static.

 

The immediate change I noticed was more bass, and it was quiet pronounced. I was shocked swapping platters back and forth afew times and noticing the difference.

 

Also use a JA Michell record clamp, haven't noticed any sonic improvement but helps keep the vinyl flat with certain types of warps.

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@@freaky1 hey mate, did you have any issues with the carts vta with regards to swapping to the acrylic platter? What cart are you using as well?

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No issues with carts, run a 2M Bronze

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Interesting to know if you needed any adjustments after swapping to acrylic platter. I am assuming the project acrylic platter?

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Yep the project acryl-it, no other adjustments

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No issues with carts, run a 2M Bronze

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So you're happy with the sound you're getting from your Carbon with the upgrades mate? I'm close to pulling the trigger on a Bronze myself.... Edited by Jebediah
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So you're happy with the sound you're getting from your Carbon with the upgrades mate? I'm close to pulling the trigger on a Bronze myself....

 

yeah, im content with the sound now

 

The biggest difference came with the 2m bronze, so happy with it. if you do a search i posted a thread of the upgrade including pics

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Mark from audio trend do not recommend a clamp or puck for the debut carbon .

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should also point out the JA Michelle is a lighweight clamp, not like one of those extremely heavy pucks.

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Ah so there is a diff between clamps and puck?

Yep there is, when i was looking into it, afew told me the same thing about not using heavy pucks with the debut carbon.

But i stumbled across quiet afew using the michelle clamps without issue so i followed that route.

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thanks for the link freaky1. A good read. I imagine the Bronze is offering up more of itself now that it's broken in.

 

You've got me a little excited now hahah!

Yep, its opened up nicely now, so much so i am enjoying the table enough that I am not so fussed about my upgrade.

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Yep, its opened up nicely now, so much so i am enjoying the table enough that I am not so fussed about my upgrade.

 

This is music to my ears lol. Pun somewhat intended. Gives me the confidence to continue upgrading along a similar path.

 

Cheers freaky1

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I'd read a lot that heavy platters and clambs/pucks are bad for Regas - the motor not being specified to turn the amount of extra weight that is getting added to it. I wonder if these upgrades are putting unnecessary strain on other TT components? I'd like to get a clamp or a puck myself (have a few wobbly records that may benefit from it) but haven't been able to decide what to go for.

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I'd read a lot that heavy platters and clambs/pucks are bad for Regas - the motor not being specified to turn the amount of extra weight that is getting added to it. I wonder if these upgrades are putting unnecessary strain on other TT components? I'd like to get a clamp or a puck myself (have a few wobbly records that may benefit from it) but haven't been able to decide what to go for.

 

I'm not pretty good at mechanics, however, I do remember rotating platters have quite a bit of momentum. Once the platter is rotating, the job of the motor is just to overcome the friction to keep the platter at a certain speed. A heavier platter will have more momentum and higher friction, so perhaps it balances out? I think the biggest issue would be when the platter starts/stops rotating, that would definitively put more strain on the motor. Just give it a soft spin with your hand.

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