GrooveMaster II Tonearms

djsina2

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Heard back from AC and there is still no news on when the EasyVTA will be available again. So, they are going to refund me on that and send another base. AC said the new base now has soft tip set screws. This is a good update, had planned on sourcing my own. Never understood the design of hard steel set screws mating to the soft aluminum. The base screw which locks in the arm height is already a soft tip.
 
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#62
Heard back from AC and there is still no news on when the EasyVTA will be available again. So, they are going to refund me on that and send another base. AC said the new base now has soft tip set screws. This is a good update, had planned on sourcing my own. Never understood the design of hard steel set screws mating to the soft aluminum. The base screw which locks in the arm height is already a soft tip.
My Ikeda 345 had those screws as well, a much better solution than metal in metal. Take some picks of the arm mounted on the table when it’s complete. Hopefully it meets your expectations.
 

pjwd

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I see what you are suggesting but I don't recall if I tried it that way. I'll give that a try tomorrow.
any joy with that method ?
a better way to do a side clamping arrangement would be have 2 set screws on one side and a single on the other - although 2 sliding rails under with a vertical screws and a vertical taper on the sled and base would be the best
 

djsina2

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any joy with that method ?
a better way to do a side clamping arrangement would be have 2 set screws on one side and a single on the other - although 2 sliding rails under with a vertical screws and a vertical taper on the sled and base would be the best
I hadn’t tried since the next day AC said they were sending a new base. I just went and tried. Started by using only one screw. It did remove some of the movement but it’s still unacceptable. With the one screw in use I added the second and that made no noticeable difference. We’ll see what happens with a new base but I agree I think there could be a better design. I made a video but it looks like I cannot attach it here.
 

PeterA

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any joy with that method ?
a better way to do a side clamping arrangement would be have 2 set screws on one side and a single on the other - although 2 sliding rails under with a vertical screws and a vertical taper on the sled and base would be the best
The 3012R solution is very good. And the SME V has an extremely clever solution to this exact problem.
 
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My new base finally arrived today on the slow boat from the Netherlands. This new base appears to have resolved my issues.
Thats great! Enjoy your Groovemaster.
Regards Stephan
 

djsina2

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ok
I thought they improved it....the solution is not good enough
the sliding part should be inserted under an overhang/lip of some sort
No, it is still the same design. The only change is soft tip set screws. I agree, the design is not great but at least the arm is not rocking back and forth now.
 
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pity they go flat-face on such an important detail
the rest of the arm is great
I´m sure I can have a mechanic cnc a much more rigid one...anyway now I use it on another arm and the Groovemaster is equipped with an Easy Vta
hope they make the sliding base Easy VTA more rigid
 
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the main reason I guess is fewer flights and severely reduced handling capacity all over
my peripheral weight from Waynes Audio left US on the 28th of march and I got it a couple of days ago
force majeure I guess
 

djsina2

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the main reason I guess is fewer flights and severely reduced handling capacity all over
my peripheral weight from Waynes Audio left US on the 28th of march and I got it a couple of days ago
force majeure I guess
The original delivery before the coronavirus was terribly slow too, took a couple weeks. I think they use the slowest possible shipping option. I got a new arm from Italy last week in only 2 days.
 

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