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Hi guys as some of you know I recently bought a 301 chassis and linkages to restore. What I thought was going to be a simple task of buying and fitting a motor has turned out to be so much more. I'm pretty sure I have the parts sorted. Most are easily available. Things like idler wheels, gaskets, grommets etc... It was this bucket of bits that when missing during transport that have been the difficult bit. post-111049-135857462854_thumb.jpg

But in talking to a kind man on eBay I seem to have only just now sourced them!

While I've been looking for these parts I've had time to do some polishing and start building a plinth. I know how much you like pictures and I will definitely have some questions so any suggestions on any part of this build will be greatly appreciated. The plinth, tonearm and cartridge are the main concern at present. Any how have a look at the photos (sorry iPhone pic alert) and feel free to comment.

Before. Including missing parts! post-111049-135857497855_thumb.jpg

A before picture of the bearing. Surprisingly good condition.

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An after shot of the polished chassis. I was originally planning on painting it but apart from a couple of small chips and some engraving on the front, its in very good condition. I'm very happy with how it turned out.

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Paint stripping the platter. I've repainted it since and waiting to have some spare time to file back the strobe marks.

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The plinth before preparation.

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Sanded and ready for cutting out the centre.

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Hole cut!

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Something like this I'm thinking but with a 12" arm (suggestions under $1000 please!) sitting where the dynavector is and the Dynavector sitting on an aluminium arm board off to the left.

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It's coming along very nicely, and  I look forward to seeing the finished product.

 

As for 12" arms, maybe the Jelco 750, or an SME 3012 if you can find one?

 

IIRC there is a new kiwi built  12" arm that is under 1k on the market, but I'm too lazy to look for it to confirm my suspicions.  :P

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Upster. The 301 is looking very nice. No need to repaint the top plate looks great and is best original.

Arm wise I have used oth the apparition and jelco. Both are very good and a worthy match which is in your budget. One is a unipivot the other a classic bearing design so you may want to research both on cartridge match and ease of set up and use.

You will love the 301 they are a fine tt with pedigree and no fuss durability.

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There is another Kiwi arm, entitled The Wand. I have the 9" version and a 12" has just been released. Mine worked very well with a DL103. The aesthetics may not be a good match with your timber deck. Well worth checking out still.

$720 is quite reasonable for a 12" arm. And I like the carbon fibre!

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The stories i hear about it are that its very "relaxed". how do you find it? How long have you had your arm? €750 is a little more reasonable.

probably depends on the cartridge. I used it with different SPU A cartridges and had it for a few months until I got the Shindo 301. Sadly sold it, not thinking that therewould always be a project I could use it for...As I said, very stable, simple to handle, comes with a decent cable and you can choose color and length depending on the pick up you want to use. I would probably choose the normal 12" length next time to try it with the Kondo or a Denon

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$720 is quite reasonable for a 12" arm. And I like the carbon fibre!

Cool. Shoot Simon a message if you're curious. He's a top bloke and will bend over backwards to help you out.

 

Oh, and good luck with your project. I will be following with interest :thumb:

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$720 is quite reasonable for a 12" arm. And I like the carbon fibre!

Cool. Shoot Simon a message if you're curious. He's a top bloke and will bend over backwards to help you out.

Oh, and good luck with your project. I will be following with interest :thumb:

thank you. I'll keep posting photos as I get the time.
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The jelco will need the heavy counter weight it's an extra cost option.

 

Hmm, pretty sure my counter weight is standard and does the trick with either wood or stock 103/103r, I doubt it could handle an alloy body like the Zu etc.

 

Great work on the build, thanks for sharing! :thumb:

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