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Herbie's Audio Lab • 9330 Corporate Dr. Suite 305 • Selma, TX 78154 • U.S.A.
Steve and Robert Herbelin • established August, 2001
Which Way Excellent mat is suitable for the Onkyo CP-1050 turntable?
Thanks in advance!
Webmaster's reply: A full-size (295mm-diameter) Way Excellent II-4mm Turntable Mat.
Message: I wanted to let you know that I received my 4 mm turntable mat today. Super fast shipping and customer service 2nd to nobody. I couldn't have asked for a better person to deal with and the mat, well its everything you said and more. This mat is truly does what you say and I believe its money very well spent.
Message: I must admit that I was skeptical. I figured that I'd hear marginal improvement from adding Cone/Spike Decoupling Gliders to my Spendor A6s (with entry-level Naim electronics). (And, at least those pennies the spikes were sitting on would no longer scratch my hardwood floor!). The Spendors are small floor standing loudspeakers, with a sophisticated linear flow reflex, which has a large port at the bottom of the speaker. Spendor says this configuration makes placement less critical. However, I have always found them wonderful in the mid and upper range, but a bit lacking in bass. I was amazed to hear the bass improvement from Herbie's Decoupling Gliders: the sound is bigger, more resonant, tighter, and more involving. Bravo! Thanks Steve!
Name: Robert D.
Message: I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you how much more I'm enjoying my stereo after implementing your various products. I've never been dissatisfied with anything I've tried; all your products have added to the enjoyment of my music. You shoot straight from the hip, and my hat is off to you. Continued success.
Message: In what countries are the following components of your Superior Decoupling Spikes manufactured: (1) decoupling layer of dB Neutralizer; (2) stainless steel cone, and (3) stainless steel disc?
Webmaster's reply: United States of America for all three.
Name: Larry E
Message: I just received my Way Excellent II Turntable mat, wow! This is a great product. The difference was immediately noticeable. Thanks for producing this fine product. It will be interesting to see just how good it is after I spent some time with the SRA etc. Thanks again.
Name: Adrian Abramovici
Message: Hi.... love your Giant Gliders Antispikes. Take a look here: https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/5262
Regards from Romania
Name: Gary Reaves
Message: If you own a VPI HW-19, you must try this.
Years ago I was contemplating buying a SAMA, stand alone motor assembly, when a VPI tech suggested a do it yourself version. He suggested I remove the springs, or sorbothane supports on leter models, and support the plinth with something else. That would totally seperate the plinth, platter and tonearm from the motor, still attached to the base. I pulled 4 cans of dog food from my pantry and plopped 1 tall Tenderfoot on top of each one. I placed the plinth on my new, gel filled towers and -presto-instant SAMA. The Tenderfeet actually make a better sounding suspenstion, and absolutely no motor vibration gets through to the plinth, platter or tonearm.
Name: Tom Rothermel
Message: I purchased a Bright Star Audio rack in the late 90s. You had the option of sandboxes or sandbox on air bladder for each individual shelf.
Two of my shelves are the sandbox on bladder. Up to now I've put the component directly on the shelf (stock hard rubber feet in each case). I've now got my system optimized using concepts from Jim Smith's Get Better Sound (highly recommended) so I feel that a change in the stock component feet my be worth a try.
Would I get best results with hard feet (carbon fiber, brass, wood, etc) or should I go with something soft like Herbie's Tender Feet? I was thinking that two types of isolation like an air bladder and soft feet might work against each other. I don't understand the science behind all this so anyone chiming in with more knowledge or direct experience would be greatly appreciated.
Or would it be best to forget the bladder and go with some kind of component feet on the sandbox?
Webmaster's reply: It's always most essential to isolate each component individually. Tenderfoot isolation feet under each component should be ideal, in place of the stock feet. Under each sandbox, use regular grungebuster Dots as a decoupling interface and ditch the air bladders.
Name: Warren M in Sydney Australia
Message: There is a lot of snake oil passing for hi-fi out there. You need to convince yourself that the latest expensive tweak has actually made anything sound better (or even different). I expected no more from Herbies. Instead, I have a gradually built up a raft of inexpensive Herbies enhancements to my system, which each made instantly audible improvements to my music. I Started with the Herbies Way Excellent II Turntable Mat, which is now an essential part of my record playing system. I tried various cheap (and nasty) Chinese tube dampers, which did more harm than good to the music. Steve finally convinced me to try the Herbies dampers and WOW! Staggering improvement. I now have a Herbies damper on every tube in my phono preamp and in my power amp. Sadly I can't fit them over the tubes inside my preamp. Recently I discovered Grunge Buster sheets. These marvels allow you to cut your own Grunge Busters to enhance your existing feet on all your components. Thanks Steve
Message: I'm very impressed with the Baby Booties installed underneath my Project Tube Box DS phonostage. Greatest benifit is (somewhat surprising) the midrange which seems more relaxed and cohesive but the deep end is better too with a firmer and easier to follow bass lines. Clearly the most convincing isolation feet I've ever tried.
Message: What do you recommend as damping ring for my tonearm?
1 at base and 1 1/3 up from cartridge? What kind is. Est. metal one or the plastic one. ? (Damping ring).
Webmaster's reply: Best placement of a damping instrument on the tonearm is best determined by trial and audition (you must re-adjust stylus pressure with each change of position on the tonearm). By default, about 1/3 of the length of the tonearm away from the headshell is a good place to start and most often an excellent location. Titanium and PTFE dampers are equivalently excellent. Titanium has the advantage of lighter weight, whereas PTFE has the advantage of flexibility to allow lateral placement without needing to removing the headshell.
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