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    Platter mat preferences!

    The mat on my Nottingham is made from a high-density foam, my 2 Revolver TT's use a felt mat and an old, old, old Pioneer uses a rubber one. Each of these mats react differently due to their composition, and I was wondering what some of the advantages/disadvantages are/were between the various options. Since not all platters are the same I would assume that foam may work well on one, but not necessarily on another and so on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daytona600 View Post
    They do, but at those prices I think we're off into snake-oil territory.
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    I bought a leather mat on EBay just for sake a curiosity and still use it on my Roksan Xerxes ever since...

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    You already know there is no generalization. I am able to tap my records to determine a decent degree of feedback resonance across the surface.

    Every player will have a different solution. Experimentation is mandatory.

    Start with inexpensive felt and/or leather mats ($30 on ebay), that may be as far as you need to go. 1.5 to 2mm leather seems to be a popular mat solution.

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    I have an Audioquest SorboGel mat on my old Dual belt turntable which dramatically increases the sound stage size and depth.

    I removed the felt mat over the original rubber mat on my DD Technics for better sound. The VTA was off as a result, so I used the old Dual rubber mat on top of the rubber Technics mat and it worked better than expected.

    I'm interested in hearing if any brass or copper platters from the likes of Micro Seiki and others see an improvement if anything rubbery (or leathery) is placed on them. The idea of placing a record on bare metal is a little scary at first. However the direct coupling to a softer metal as a concept is very compelling to me.

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    Millennium, carbon side up for me.
    http://www.musicdirect.com/p-3239-mi...ecord-mat.aspx
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    that price seems a bit..............stiff.
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    It came with the turntable so the price of the mat wasn't stiff. The price of the turntable was. LOL.
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    I also experimented with Funk Firm mat and Acroplat and the performances of an old Rega2 was greatly improved over the rubber or felt mat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odyno View Post
    I also experimented with Funk Firm mat and Acroplat and the performances of an old Rega2 was greatly improved over the rubber or felt mat!
    I found this:
    http://www.needledoctor.com/Funk-Fir...sal-Record-Mat
    Achromat's new material matches records 100 percent.

    I wonder if I could just stack records like an old BSR record changer?
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