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Transcriptor Saturn [message #85447] Mon, 19 June 2017 18:24 Go to next message
gofar99 is currently offline  gofar99
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Hi Everyone. Every now and then I acquire something for reasons that make no sense. Such is the case with this turntable. I wanted it because it look so cool. It didn't matter if it worked or not. Fortunately I managed to get to work well. It is not the best I have for playing (it is #4) but it really looks neat on display. The tone arm is really fiddley though. The TT is from about 1970-1972.

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Good Listening
Bruce
Re: Transcriptor Saturn [message #85452 is a reply to message #85447] Tue, 20 June 2017 13:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham is currently offline  Wayne Parham
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Wow, Bruce, what a find! That table looks great!

That arm looks good but you said it was "fiddley." What do you mean by that? Was it hard to set?

Re: Transcriptor Saturn [message #85454 is a reply to message #85452] Tue, 20 June 2017 20:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
gofar99 is currently offline  gofar99
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Hi, By fiddley...it has numerous settings and they all interact. It starts with the plinth suspension adjustments, followed by the motor sub chassis adjustments, then you need to make sure the alignment between the pulley and platter is ok, if not go back and do the first two over. Next is the arm height, followed by horizontal alignment, then fasten a cartridge to the head section. Next the mono filament between the head and the rear mounted floating counterweight. Then getting the head level horizontally. Find a scale that is the exact height to check the tracking force. This is critical as the head moves up and down (not the arm as it is fixed in the vertical plane). Set the adjuster on the counter weight. If it won't adjust, change the length of the mono filament. Recheck the VTF. Verify that the head is now parallel to the record. Re-do the past few steps if it is not. The set the travel adjust on the arm so it doesn't hit the spindle. Then adjust the azimuth of the arm so it does not swing in or out when placed in the middle of where a record would be (remove the record first) . Oh BTW the table has to be level first. Go back and check the head to see if it is still parallel in all directions to the record. NOW if you did everything right it will play. If not...ugh. That is what I call fiddley. Oh BTW the arm requires a really high compliance cartridge as only the head moves up and down. That is the reason for the ADC-XLM. It was OEM on this arm and has one of the highest compliances known to man. Depending on the stylus up to 50. (most normal cartridges are in the 10-20 range) Sharp eyed individuals will note in one photo I was testing an AT F-7 cartridge to see if it would work out...it didn't.

On the brighter side of things...because of the head arrangement the turntable has superior tracking ability for warped records. Overall it plays well, just not in the same league as my Dual or Empire. But for eye catching appeal it is hard to beat.


Good Listening
Bruce
Re: Transcriptor Saturn [message #85455 is a reply to message #85454] Tue, 20 June 2017 21:10 Go to previous message
Wayne Parham is currently offline  Wayne Parham
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Oh, wow. Yeah, I gotcha on the "fiddley." But still, it is cool looking and I get what you're saying about how it might be able to deal with warped records better. Most arms aren't damped at all in the vertical and it sounds like that setup is.

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