A fellow on Audiogon started a discussion about these plinths and I said I'd love to find one. He pointed me to this one on Canadian Audio Mart. All in I'm out 500 USD for the plinth, dustcover and TT 61 motor. I forget about that audio mart, always looking at US audio mart. With the exchange rate you can get some great deals.
I'm also starting to look at the Japanese market as well. I don't see a lot listed like there normally is, probably due to shipping restrictions due to Covid. Plus I have to figure out how all that works.
I never had to adjust the mounting angle or azimuth as it's called. Try going to Vinyl Engine, you have to join but than you can download a manual for both your turntable and for the Victor UA-5045 tonearm.
I use the stock cable, I would think the Victor engineers knew what they were doing.
Funny, I align my cart the same way using a over hang gauge. Sounds good to me as well.
I have never had any dealings with Soundsmith as I use Steve at VAS in NJ. Steve is only about an hour from me, quite handy. I'm sure your cart will sound awesome though.
Have you seen the JVC owners thread over at AK under turntables yet?
That new plinth with the TT-61 is a hammer. Way cool. Also, thanks for the tip on VAS. I called there and talked to Ray. He is going to set up my Denon cart for a lot cheaper than Soundsmith. I have to leave town on business, but as soon as I get back I am sending it to him. He told me to use the Koetsu HS too. I also found your thread on AK-Informative!
That's good to know about his prices for the 103. I have one with a snapped cantilever that I've kept around for this very reason. I also have a Shelter 501 and Dynavector XX2 I could send him for rebuild. This Ortofon tracks wonderfully and you'd never know this cantilever wasn't made for it.Thanks for the compliment's on the new table. I haven't been this excited in a while.
I have never used Soundsmith but I see folks talking about them. Based on their pricing I always thought that rebuilding carts was reserved for only the very expensive and rare ones.
My good friend Kevin was working a trade with Harry from VPI and Harry introduced Kevin and Steve from VAS. They are in the same building, right next to each other. Kevin had a small handful of carts he took back up to Steve and had them rebuilt. Based on Kevin's experience with the rebuilt carts I knew who was going to be my cartridge guy. BTW, if you bring in several carts, Steve will work an even lower price out for you. Very easy and nice fellow to deal with.
Steve also has great taste in gear and has a few shelves full of nice stuff. When he asked me about my system he smiled excitedly and showed me his collection of Audio Research preamps. This fellow is one of us.
The first time I went to VAS I also stopped by VPI just to tour the facility. They are in the same industrial building only separated by a wall.
As far as Steve's prices go, he makes it affordable to have inexpensive carts like the Denon DL-103 upgraded without making you think twice. Typical repair for that cart with a broken cantilever is about $150.00. That includes a new aluminum cantilever and a elliptical stylus. You can of course get better and better upgrades as you wish.
@MWalt, I think you will be very happy with your rebuilt cart.
VAS has pretty fast turn around time. What stylus and cantilever are you getting? On my DL-103S he just replaced the stylus. Talk about micro surgury.