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Name: Cata
Message: Thanks for your reply regarding the mat for Garrard 401. I was thinking the mat needs to have a smaller diameter as the Garrard 401 platter has a raised "lip", so the mat would need to fit inside it (replacing the original Garrard mat).
Can you please confirm?
Thanks a lot!

Webmaster's reply: Yes, you'll want a 285mm-diameter Way Excellent II-4mm Turntable Mat for the Garrard 401.
Name: madcats@andrew-kerry.nz
Message: Hi there, can you confirm the best mat for the new Rega RP10.


Andrew A

Webmaster's reply: grungebuster Turntable Mat. (Way Excellent II-2mm mat also does very well with the RP10).
Name: Ron Lassiter
Message: Do you have a specific mat recommendation for a Russco Cue Master turntable? It is an idler table.

Webmaster's Reply: Herbie's Audio Lab does not make a mat specifically for the Cue-Master, which has a very unique and unusual platter shape.
Name: Bb
Message: What mat for Teac TN 300? Thanks.

Webmaster's reply: Whichever Way Excellent II version is closest in diameter and thickness to the stock mat would be most appropriate.
Name: Scott A.
Message: Hello, great site! Was wondering what you would recommend for a Pro-ject Debut III.

Webmaster's reply: 280mm-diameter Way Excellent II-2mm Turntable Mat.
Name: Josh
Message: Was wondering for the audio technica at lp 60 you recommend the 4mm 285. But it also says to pick the mat thickness closest to ur original mat size. This is contradicting information. I measured my mat 2mm ish, but you say go with 4mm. Please clarify. Does it not matter? Thanx in advance.

Webmaster's reply: A Way Excellent II-4mm mat is recommended for AT LP-60, though you wouldn't go wrong with a Way Excellent II mat the same thickness as the stock mat. Though stock mat thickness might vary some, the LP-60 mat is usually considerably thicker than 2mm.

Audio Technica LP-series turntables with elliptical cartridges are not real picky about precise VTA/tonearm height. These models are configured to play appropriately with either just the stock mat or with a DJ slipmat on top of the stock mat, which comes to about 4mm or so in thickness. (A slipmat is not recommended for use on top of a Way Excellent II mat.)

Like many other belt-drive turntables, the LP-60 can be prone to some rumble, and a thicker 4mm mat most assures any rumble to be completely eliminated. You should get very good results with any Way Excellent II mat from 3mm to 4mm thick, though. Among our customers who have auditioned different thicknesses with Audio Technica LP turntables, 4mm has been preferred for best sonic results.
Name: Roman
Message: What would you reccomend for a Luxman PD264?

Webmaster's reply: Whichever Way Excellent II mat is closest in thickness and diameter to the stock mat would be appropriate.
Name: Warren
Message: I need to add some height to my Thorens td-125 platter or shim the cart lower to get proper vta. A 1/4" mat atop the oem mat would probably work, might be too high for the spindle. Suggestions?

Webmaster's reply: It seems that if a mat thick enough to be within VTA range results in the spindle being too short, having to shim the cartridge would be inevitable. If a 1/16" thick or 1/8" Way Excellent II mat on top the stock mat would be within VTA range and accommodate spindle height, you'd be okay or maybe require only minor cart shimming. If you need as much as 1/4" more height and that's above the top of the spindle, you could still use the setup but you'd have to be sort of meticulous placing the record on the mat, though it's not really difficult to place the record pretty well centered without a spindle.

I think a better option might be to return the short cartridge if newly purchased and get a good cartridge that's within the appropriate height range for your tonearm and turntable. Either way, upgrading to a Way Excellent II Turntable Mat to replace the stock mat altogether is always worthwhile with Thorens TD-125 tables.
Name: tod
Message: Is 285mm-diameter way excellent ll 4mm turntable mat going to work considering the audio-technica at lp 60 turntable has no adjustment capabilities for the arm or the stylus cartridge? also do you think this product will make an improvement valuable enough to justify purchasing a turntable mat worth as much as the turntable itself?

Webmaster's reply We have lots of AT LP60 customers using the Way Excellent II-4mm Turntable Mat with excellent results. Most elliptical cartridges used with the LP60 are not overly sensitive to precise VTA, so long as you're within about a millimeter or so. A mat closest in thickness to the stock mat also would be appropriate.

With a Way Excellent II mat, you'll get a substantial sonic improvement and less rumble that's often associated with belt-drive tables like the AT-LP60. The value of bringing out more of your system's inherent potential and a musical rendering that's more faithful to the originally recorded event is of course subjective. Whether the show is worth the price of the ticket is a personal choice, a choice many of our customers have been happy to have made.
Name: tod
Message: Which mat is right for an audio-technica at lp60

Webmaster's reply: 285mm-diameter Way Excellent II-4mm Turntable Mat.
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