A major upgrade : spindle extension with platter.

Verona, Italy 14/11/2016 mat convegno Photo by Giorgio Marchiori

During various listening session we had evidence of the mat’s importance with the turntable. We didn’t liked the original Lenco rubber mat, it has a kind of dampening effect.

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We tried different different mat : lead, leather , cork, latex, shellac. But the spindle height is a strong limitation for different material and thickness.

Verona, Italy 14/11/2016 mat convegno Photo by Giorgio Marchiori

Verona, Italy 14/11/2016 mat convegno Photo by Giorgio Marchiori

Our previous mat

In particular in our previous turntables we really loved the 10 and 25mm. thick graphite mat. But the Lenco’s spindle prevent us to use them. There are available spindle extension but they work only with a second Lenco’s platter. We didn’t like that solution so we looked for a different one.

This is our solution:

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We took a 12mm. corian or alluminium platter cnc machined with our own stainless spindle extension.

Verona, Italy 14/11/2016 mat convegno Photo by Giorgio Marchiori

Verona, Italy 14/11/2016 mat convegno Photo by Giorgio Marchiori

The work was pretty difficult due to the  low tollerances needed but when you put the spindle in the extension and than you take it out is clearly audible a pop like you uncork a bootle of wine!!

We installed the new platter, adjusted the VTA then we turned the player on and ….

well we really didn’t expect what we heard. It was a different record player, speed attach, lifelike, resolution all improved in a such a way we diyer didn’t expect in once. Just corian platter over the Lenco platter made such a big difference… we think the reason reside in the better  motor-wheel-cartridge isolation.

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Then we went crazy blending different material combination. I ended up with cork, alluminium platter , 10mm.graphite. My fellow is happy with latex and corian platter.

Verona, Italy 14/11/2016 mat convegno Photo by Giorgio Marchiori

Lenco seemed didn’t care about the weight increase, the speed remained perfect as before .

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