Technics SL D 303 ......improvements

I have a nice Technics SL D 303 which I have restored and services over the last couple of years . I run it with a modest Ortofon OM 10 ( plenty of capacitance used ) which I feel sounds great if carefully set up. I have looked at the comments about this table and generally it is well regarded. It has a typical Technics DD "sound" which is clean detailed but a little digital in some ways but, as a daily driver it sounds good. So I decided to investigate a few improvements . I bought some children's modeling clay and carefully started to fill in the gaps in the plinth carefully . Making sure to leave the mechanism totally free. I popped the bottom carefully on again and filled the outside dimples too. I sat down popped my headphones on ( I like this table because it is fully automatic and as my listening room is upstairs I can listen on wireless headphones anywhere in the house ) . I started to listen and found myself enjoying what I head more than I had before. I started to ask myself what was better? It seemed as if the sound had more "authority", the bass was cleaner a bit more extended , the mid was nice and detailed and clear and warmed. The top was nice a fluid ...I was suprised what a simple few bit of clay had added ....
 

JohnVF

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I’ve found that adding sound deadening material is a simple cheap improvement to any turntable but especially one with a good motor where it’s pecking order was defined by cutting a bit on the plinth cost of build. Another easy but not as cheap improvement would be tracking down a more refined OM stylus. My OM-5 responded well to an OM-30 stylus. Really transformed it.
 
I’ve found that adding sound deadening material is a simple cheap improvement to any turntable but especially one with a good motor where it’s pecking order was defined by cutting a bit on the plinth cost of build. Another easy but not as cheap improvement would be tracking down a more refined OM stylus. My OM-5 responded well to an OM-30 stylus. Really transformed it.
I take your point on an OM 30.....I have been looking at that and will buy one as my next stylus.
 
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