Yes, that's what Bob said. So much better. Good thing I rarely spin the iron wheels these days else I'd be getting a pair of them. Feedback from a friend that does is that one needs to be careful with the brushed finish. I said it might be a concern for DJs like him but it shouldn't be an issue for the typically careful by habit home listener.
Exciting times! If (when?) Technics discloses the technical specifications of its upcoming new Sp10 model and provided they meet or surpass the Technics Sp10Mk3, then indeed we will all have reason for rejoice...! As soon as I read the official Technics Sp10 announcement and witnessed the photographs, the urge to approach the drawing bench sketching a fresh plinth design, from the ground up could not be ignored.
I just noticed the original Technics SP-10mk3 TT go for over $10k on ebay !
Assuming its a no holds barred effort, it will likely not come cheap.
My hunch, judging solely by the Sp10R's platter coupling method (ie. 3 center machine screws) as depicted in the press photographs, is that this model will likely represent a modern, updated version of the Sp10Mk2 rather than an attempt to build a modern Sp10Mk3 juggernaut. From a manufacturers point of view, this may be a far more logical business strategy.
I've invested in a SOTA air platform.
So for me if I get this new SP-10R, all I hope to have to add is a simple inert slate plinth, and there are plenty of bespoke outlets that will do this in the UK for under £3k.
0.0015% flutter, if this is Real World, equates to less the 0.2s over a typical 18mins side of lp
Technics need to be pricing this closer to $10k than $20k.
I'm holding off my final final tt purchase until this one shows the light of day.
Could work brilliantly with a Schroeder LT or Thales Simplicity.