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Question about crystal record weight

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Bogdanstanga, Feb 8, 2021.

  1. Bogdanstanga

    Bogdanstanga New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    New York
    I’m currently using a regular record weight and it really works for me. Makes a noticeable improvement in sound.
    I have come across this nice record weight made out of crystal. And I love how it looks.
    But I couldn’t find any reviews online for crystal weights.
    I’m wondering if anyone here used one and if it’s good in terms of acoustics
     
  2. aphexacid

    aphexacid It’s not Hip Hop, it’s Electro.

    Location:
    Illinois
    I’d love to see this, you have a link? Sounds cool
     
  3. Bogdanstanga

    Bogdanstanga New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    New York
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  4. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

    Location:
    Sweden
    [​IMG]
     
  5. ayrehead

    ayrehead It was like that when I found it...

    Location:
    Mid South
    I bet it sounds like a million bucks. :)
     
  6. cloggedmind

    cloggedmind Doctor Do-Very-Little

    Right now, it can sound like $49.59 with a price slash plus customs and additional processing charges. Provided it makes the trip from Guangdong.

    How many hours do you get on a thing like that before the sound degrades and you have to replace it?
     
  7. Mick Jones

    Mick Jones Senior Member

    Wouldn't that depend on whether you had already optimised the Feng Shui of your listening room, and how close your turntable was to a ley line?
     
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  8. cloggedmind

    cloggedmind Doctor Do-Very-Little

    After the power has been filtered and the gold-plated cables have warmed up, the dust lid has to be down and have no scratches that will interfere with the sonics, the lp has to have a 3 stage solution bath and adequate evaporation time, unless the humidity is less than 49% in which you actually have to let the record sit in an anti-static sleeve in a room with moisture-producing plants that have been treated with anti-mold-and-fungal spray so as to avoid contamination of the elliptical shibata (in the case of 180g vinyl) or the re-tipped ortofon for anything 40 years or older that hasn't previously exhibited sibilance, inner-groove distortion on the opening track, or been played on any suspect record changer not manufactured between the odd years on rainy days in the 1975-1981 time frame, so long as it has had good reviews in any respected hi-fi magazine that hasn't been in print for no less than 15 years. And you use the tube amp.

    After it's warmed up for at least an hour.
     
  9. Bob_in_OKC

    Bob_in_OKC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dallas
    I wonder if there’s a chart somewhere to match up the resonant frequency of crystal to the platter mass.
     
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  10. cloggedmind

    cloggedmind Doctor Do-Very-Little

    I'm going upstairs, now, to finish painting my chart to match up the resonant frequency of crystal-t0-platter mass, alright?
    [​IMG]
     
  11. csgreene

    csgreene Forum Resident

    Location:
    Idaho, USA
    Let me guess, new member - you're the seller of these??
     
  12. LakeMountain

    LakeMountain Vinyl surfer

    Location:
    Netherlands
    Bling- bling.......I would stay away from it!
     
  13. Aftermath

    Aftermath Senior Member

    Ensures crystal clear sound!
     
  14. patient_ot

    patient_ot Forum Resident

    Location:
    USA
    All jokes aside, it probably works about the same as any other 400g record weight.
     
  15. VinylSoul

    VinylSoul Forum Resident

    Location:
    Lake Erie
    I would shine a light on it in a darkened room when spinning "Saturday Night Fever" for that mirrored ball effect!
     
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  16. aphexacid

    aphexacid It’s not Hip Hop, it’s Electro.

    Location:
    Illinois
    What can I say, I like shiny things :whistle:
     
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  17. MrRom92

    MrRom92 Forum Supermodel

    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    For the money, you could get a center weight more massive than 400g with a smaller footprint for better compatibility with more records. But I guess it at least looks interesting.

    I’ve had this 1lb center weight for over 10 years. Love it. Only complaint is that the brass tarnished very quickly - within months of owning it. I’d gladly buy another and look into a way of sealing it so it maintains its metallic sheen and doesn’t have the appearance of something salvaged from a shipwreck.


    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0043KJAK...abc_7A1Z6ZD9W6NQ1ERG4YDQ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
     
  18. patient_ot

    patient_ot Forum Resident

    Location:
    USA
    If it is brass, try polishing it with Brasso. Most brass will eventually tarnish.

    I used a Bren1 weight made of machined aluminum for a long time, but I use a Michell clamp now.
     
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  19. MrRom92

    MrRom92 Forum Supermodel

    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    I don’t think I will ever be able to polish it to anything resembling what it looked like out of the box. Just have to be a bit smarter about that fact going in if I ever pick up a new one!
     
  20. patient_ot

    patient_ot Forum Resident

    Location:
    USA
    Brasso is worth a try though. I don't think it's terribly expensive either. It might take a bit of elbow grease and more than one application to get it fully polished though.
     
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  21. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    Our OP has vanished; i guess you might be right.
     
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  22. ayrehead

    ayrehead It was like that when I found it...

    Location:
    Mid South
    No gear listed in his profile page either.
     
  23. rcsrich

    rcsrich Forum Resident

    Location:
    Virginia
    Crickets...
     
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  24. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

    Location:
    Sweden
    It gives me some hope anyway, that people arnt so gullible as to think the record weight material plays a role, its just mass.
     
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  25. rcsrich

    rcsrich Forum Resident

    Location:
    Virginia
    I'm thinking a one pound glob of blu-tack would be perfect. Zero resonance!
     
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