My modified SOTA Moonbeam.

Celt

Peanut Head
I took a used table that was begging for improvements. Its made from real walnut, has a 24 pole AC synchro motor, but that is about where the nice things ended. First thing I did was remove the crude platter, which was flat plastic with a glued on mat and a center hole that looked like someone's cross-eyed step-sister whittled it out with a pocket knife, missing true center and replaced it with a Pro-Ject acrylic platter. It was a perfect fit and it's overhang hid the polymer sub-platter. Second, I replaced the crude plastic feet with Herbies Isolation feet, which came with brass threads and a mesh interior surrounded by what appears to be smooth nylon. Then I replaced the 20 gauge AC cord which was an insanely long with a 6' brown 16 gauge made by General Electric. Then I replaced the weakest link, which was an entry level Rega RB-100 arm switching it to a more robustly made Rega/Moth RB-330 arm, which came with an underslung counterweight, improved Cardas wire and clips and a much beefier cable and RCA plugs. Finally, I replaced the AT-150 cartridge for an AT OC-9 Series II moving coil unit. My table went from meh to excellent!100_0195.JPG
 
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BillWojo

Junior Member
First thing I did was remove the crude platter, which was flat plastic with a glued on mat and a center hole that looked like someone's cross-eyed step-sister whittled it out with a pocket knife, missing true center and replaced it with a Pro-Ject acrylic platter.
I almost spit my coffee out reading that! LOL, looks like you saved a very nice TT from the scrap heap. Looks very pretty as well. I bet it sounds really nice, SOTA is known for making some great TT.

BillWojo
 

Celt

Peanut Head
It was true...I couldn't believe they let it out of the factory with that gorgeous woodwork, looking like that with a ridiculous looking platter and arm! It's former owner was disgusted with it and couldn't see beyond its limitations and wanted to be shed of it. Big savings for me!
 
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ChrisO

Senior Member
Really nice - that is how it should come from Sota. I always thought the feet on the moonbeam looked odd.
 

Celt

Peanut Head
Really nice - that is how it should come from Sota. I always thought the feet on the moonbeam looked odd.
They were horridly cheap things with potmetal threads and crude marred up feet with stick on pads that were cut out by the same cross-eyed stepchild that whittled out the platter. Here are the replacement Herbies feet, which have brass threads and a composite cup of mesh and nylon.IMG_0028.jpg
 
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ChrisO

Senior Member
Yeah - I was always like - A Sota for less than 1K? Then I'd see those hardware store bolt feet -and be like - no way. Sure - they will level the table nicely - but man - come on - so many other options. They remind me of martian antanea (my favorite martian.)
 
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