Vpi Hw19 Mk4 Turntable W/tri-planar Tonearm And Lyra Mc Cartridge W/low Reserve For Sale
We’re Stereo Exchange, located in New York City. We've
been in business since the 1970s and are a major high-end dealer. We have all
the current top brands on display in our huge showroom.
Sale: One used VPI HW-19 Mk4 Turntable serial number with a fantastic (Wheaton)
Tri-Planar Tonearm and Lyra TITAN-i Moving Coil phono cartridge.
is a real top-flight record playing system that will satisfy even the fussiest
is also in fantastic shape.
do not know how many hours are on the cartridge, being a trade-in, but it
passes my Shure Test Record set very well.
tonearm is a Tri-Planar tonearm, and I’m 90% sure it is a Mark 2 version.
is one of the best tonearms available.
Lyra Titan-i is a low output moving coil cartridge and sounds fantastic. It has
a great reputation.
buyer will receive a brand new drive belt we ordered from VPI with the
will need to supply your own audio cable. It just plugs into the little “box”
on the rear of the turntable base.
VPI record clamp is also included, and the cartridge has the stylus guard.
turntable uses ANY standard RCA phono cable you want, since there are jacks on
the tonearm housing.
will also need a thin wire to ground the turntable to your preamp.
I tested it at home, the amount of noise I got from my older records was LOWER
than with most other turntables I have used, which is a SURE sign of a great
makes a great turntable system?
off, it should be very quiet, which is to say, free from rumble. All VPI
turntables are quiet, but this one is designed so virtually NO NOISE from the
motor gets transmitted through the platter.
motor on this turntable is attached to the massive base, but the tonearm and
platter are attached to a different very massive plate that is suspended from
the base by springs.
effectively isolates the platter/arm/cartridge from any motor noise AND outside
should run at the correct speed. This turntable has a precision-machined motor
pulley and a rotationally stable motor that locks onto the AC FREQUENCY (which
is always precise) NOT the VOLTAGE (which varies) and will run on speed with no
attention needed, for a lifetime, without the need for any pitch control,
strobe, or any other nonsense.
speed should be very steady, which is to say, have no flutter. This turntable has a
massive platter that creates a great flywheel effect. If you hear flutter, it’s
not from this turntable.
is also a multi-pole motor that runs VERY SLOWLYTcompared with most turntables.
This slower rotation produces much less noise, and also the wear-and-tear on
the motor is MUCH less, since there is less heat build-up.
motors last and last.
platter should be inert. As the stylus (needle) plays a record, tiny vibrational
waves are set up in the record’s structure. If these are not absorbed by
something, these waves go back and forth through the record and give a slight
“echo” effect, and the sound is not as distinct.
turntable has a platter made of a polymer with similar mechanical density as a
record, so the platter absorbs these vibrations, pulling them out of the
record. This gives the sound a greater sense of clarity.
the underside of the platter (see photo) is a cork liner placed into the
platter to further damp any vibrations.
tonearm should have low friction. This turntable has a VERY high-end gyro-type
tonearm with built-in damping (one reason why record noise is so low, I
suspect). The combination will play amazingly warped records like they were
phono cartridge must be very good. This turntable is equipped with a very high-end
and wonderful sounding MOVING COIL phono cartridge.
NOTE TWO THINGS:
this is a moving-coil cartridge, you will either need an amplifier with a
moving coil input, or an outboard moving-coil cartridge preamp (they start at
about $200 and go up from there) or you may want to UNmount the cartridge and
put in a less expensive moving-magnet type, which can go into almost any
you have small children around the house, you might want to replace the moving
coil cartridge with a “cheaper” cartridge for now, since they stylus is not a
“pop-in” type and is expensive. You can always put the MC back when the kids
get a little older!
CONDITION: This turntable is in SUPER nice shape, as you can see. It has no
significant blemishes to my eyes, and seems to operate well in all respects.
dust cover is in amazingly good shape…better than most dust covers are after a
month of use in a typical home, in fact.
turntable is belt-drive, like almost all audiophile turntables. It’s not that
direct drive is bad. In fact, direct drive is best for discos and DJ work,
which this turntable is NOT made for.
home use, however, only the isolation from motor noise that a belt provides
will yield the best sound quality.
the case of this model, the motor is VERY strong, and, combined with the new
belt, brings the platter up to speed amazingly fast.
Tri-Planar tonearm has TWO tube sections. This special design places the
vertical pivot point of the tonearm roughly in line with the record surface,
not an inch above it, as in most turntables.
reduced what is called “peak warp wow”.
Wow occurs when a tonearm goes up and down slightly over record warps (records
all have SOME warping).
a typical tonearm goes up and down, the EFFECTIVE length of the tonearm is
changing, as it travels around an arc, which has the same effect as the tonearm
moving back and forth as it goes up and down…the music changes pitch!
placing the tonearm pivot in-line with
the record surface, we are at the point in the pivot arc where we can travel up
and down and there is very little side to side movement---we are at the
270-degree point on a circle.
means more steady pitch, and a more pleasant listening experience.
tonearm also has a cup where you can inject a bit of damping fluid (you can
order it from Tri-Planar). This damps out tonearm resonance.
stylus is being pulled back and forth by the groove many times a second. The
stylus sits at the end of a long rod called a cantilever. There is a coil at
the other end of this lever. Somewhere between the stylus and coil end, there
is a rubber block, which acts as a mechanical pivot.
system acts much like a pendulum in a clock. There is a frequency at which the
tonearm/cartridge will “go crazy” and start oscillating about.
and cartridge manufacturers try to make this frequency BELOW the music
frequency and ABOVE the frequency of any record warp. They do not always achieve
this “resonant frequency” the arm wiggles WITH the groove warp, which means you
ABOVE the resonance frequency, the arm moves in the OPPOSITE direction from the
groove, and you get too much output.
this can cause havoc if you have speakers with deep bass, or if you have a
subwoofer. Your woofer cone starts flapping about and you can have “response”
or “howling”, which causes you to turn the volume down.
damper solves the problem, by suppressing the resonance to a great extent.
becomes smoother, tighter, and howling is reduced or eliminated. Your tonearm
can also track warped records much better, with a minimum of flexing of the
cantilever. Your cartridge never “bottoms out” anymore on warps.
you are not well schooled in turntable setup, when you receive the turntable,
you will want to give it to an experienced turntable maven or take it to any
good stereo repair center and have an experienced tech assemble it and balance
the tonearm for you.
We have set the Reserve on the turntable with tonearm, cartridge, motor, new
belt, dust cover, and record clamp at $1488.00.
TIME: We are fanatics about packing. The bottom base will be boxed, the top
plate boxed, the platter boxed, and the dust cover boxed. Then those boxes will
tonearm damping fluid will be removed, the tonearm tied down, and the counterweight
short, nothing will be left to chance.
recently shipped a Thorens TD126 with an SME tonearm and it arrived safely. If
we can do that, this one will be relatively easy.
the less, it will take us hours to pack the turntable.
there is a substantial chance that the turntable will go to someone local who
will prefer to have it pre-set-up, we will wait until the sale is over to
pack it, so please allow us up to FIVE DAYS to get it packed and shipped.
would rather have you wait and receive it in fine shape than rush and have it
item is USED with no warranty, refunds, or exchanges. It has been tested.
sales to within the US, we accept Paypal or major credit cards.
sales to Canada, we accept PAYPAL ONLY.
will ship this item to the US and Canada ONLY.
estimate the total shipping weight with multiple boxes at about 80 pounds.
sold to / shipped to within New York State, or picked up at the store, will be
charged sales tax.
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