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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.
Name: Mike B.
Message: Steve: Yesterday, I installed the UltraSonic SS-7s to 'dampen' two CV4058 Mullard tubes in my C-J PV15. I honestly did not know what to expect, being inherently skeptical about 'tweaks' and the hype that precedes them. C-J had provided me with tube rings, silicone I believe, when I did their C1 upgrade to the PV15. I employed two of them per tube. But right from the initial note, I could hear change that was quite astonishing, and that on tubes near the end of their life. The improvements are in sound stage, detail, clarity and overall presence, most surprisingly to me was the bass deepened, like by a lot.
I use Ohm Walsh 3 speakers with their latest S3.300 drivers; what came our of them never sounded better. The music I heard sounded really life-like from a system that I have come to expect to sound life-like. Everything just became a bit more engaging and fun to listen to. Really, I can't believe I got all of that for less than $40!
So thank you, Steve. Now I need to dig around the rest of your product catalog.
Name: Martin D.
Message: Thank you mucho for the assistance I received over the phone and your fast response to filling my order. Kudos to Herbie's Audio Lab for such excellent customer service!
Name: Pat M.
Message: Hi Steve,
My entire system is outfitted with Tenderfeet and Iso-Cups under all my components.
4 Brass Cone/Spike Decoupling Gliders arrived today and went under the rack, they're beautiful!
The sound is dead quiet and musically involving in all parameters.
Thanks so much for your time and great service.
Name: Rob Burns
Message: I am probably the most skeptical person on this, and possibly any other planet. However, my new EL84 power tube was getting beaten to death in my Epiphone Valve Junior, and the tube rattle was unacceptable. Not sure what else to do, I decided to take a chance on the Guitar Amp UltraSonic 9. What could I lose with the satisfaction guarantee? After a week of use, I am amazed thus far with the results. I no longer detect any tube rattle, and between the new JJ's power tube and the UltraSonic 9, the amp sounds much cleaner and more articulate. Very pleased.
Name: Adam Moon
Message: Tenderfeet are an amazing product. Instantly my soundstage cleared up and there was better definition in all aspects. What I thought was a quiet system setup got even quieter with the addition of FAT dots to the speakers. You gave me back the enjoyment of my records again!
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