I used one of these when I first started recording back on the 70's. I found
that the plastic tonearm was not substantial enough to be a stable mount for
the VRII. Because of the comparatively low compliance of the VRII, you would
notice "needle talk" -the arm itself would resonate with the sound coming
from the stylus. The VRII works a lot better when used with a more
substantial metal arm .
I have mine mounted on an Audax 16" transcription
arm which much improves signal to noise ratio. Another thing - the VRII has
comparatively high output so I opted to use it with a Heathkit tube type
preamp ( WA-P2) - I custom built a power supply and replaced all capacitors
with modern types. I don't use it to record but it's great just to play
records. I found replacement stylii at http://www.thevoiceofmusic.com
however when I ordered, I recieved 1 mil lp stylii instead of the 3 mil.
Plays mono lps better than anything. Even the most damaged records sound
perfect with this setup - Mickey Clark
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----- Original Message -----
From: "DAVID BURNHAM" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2012 8:24 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] On eBay now Garrard RC-88 "Leopold Stokowski
> That is a legendary machine! I would love to get one in good working order
> but shipping it to Canada is always a headache. It appears to be equipped
> with a GE VRII cartridge which also had smooth sound on 78s and mono LPs.
> The stylus is backed by a solid rubber pad which allows very little
> vertical movement and, I believe, leads to less surface noise. Hard to get
> stylii for it though!
>> From: Roger Kulp <[log in to unmask]>
>>To: [log in to unmask]
>>Sent: Friday, November 2, 2012 4:53:52 PM
>>Subject: [ARSCLIST] On eBay now Garrard RC-88 "Leopold Stokowski Edition"
>>Might place a bid.Tell me more about it.
>>I've heard the date is 1954.