"How do you get a $16500 tonearm for $1900?
Let me suggest that you compare the Pete Riggle Woody(tm) with the Durand Telos. "
- Pete Riggle
"I could never afford to purchase a Schroeder, and
The Woody is every bit as good. Every parameter you could want is easily adjustable; and it's so beautiful, and so musical too."
- Ted Danowski
"I just want to let you know how great
the Woody tonearm is. Sometimes I can't believe the amount of musicality this beautiful device produces."
- George Moore
can not suggest that there is a single tonearm on the market that competes with this product
at or anywhere near its price point, and I think that speaks volumes of its worth. What
Pete offers as a package is a tough competitor. It makes a hell of a versatile option for someone
who cannot say that price is no object."
Audio Karma forum, Southeast Michigan Audio Club
"What is the sound of the VTAF?
In a word …… amazing!
I’m stunned that it could make such a difference. There was more definition up and down the audio spectrum.
The bass had more slam and more tunefulness. The highs sparkled without edginess, and the midrange was beautiful and
engaging. There was a bigger and deeper soundstage, with better instrument placement within it. Surface
noise was less bothersome, and seemed better isolated from the signal."
- Lee R Moore
a recent rewire of my Rega RB300 (the rewire was a definite improvement) I installed your Counterweight for the Common
Man counterweight and stub. WOW! An order of magnitude improvement
exceeding the rewire. The enhanced clarity, separation of instruments and better
balance in the frequency ranges, whilst retaining excellent musicality, all added up to my being VERY pleased indeed
with the modification."
- Chris Ringwood
"One thing that was immediately apparent is that the
prototype Woody SPU tonearm is extremely good sounding,
both musically & sonically, and it is more than a match for my Schick tonearms. When playing music with either
the Ortofon SPU Classic stereo cartridge (aided by the terrific sounding Intact Audio SUT) or the Ortofon SPU Mono
CG 25 Di MkII (straight into the MX110Z) the Woody SPU
was mesmerizing to listen to music with. The prototype Woody SPU sounded like a million bucks, with a smooth, rich, sensual, spacious, tonally natural, nuanced,
and very musical presentation of the music."
- Jeff Day, June 6, 2015
"The Woody SPU
Tonearm by Pete
Riggle Audio Engineering absolutely blows away my excellent Thomas Schick tonearm, much to my dismay!"
-Jeff Day, December 10,
Welcome to the web site of Pete Riggle Engineering and Audio
Pete Riggle here. I
am a graduate of the University of Washinton with a degree in mechanical engineering. I spent my career as a development
engineer specializing in design and analysis of thermal, hydraulic, mechanical, and electromechanical systems. I have been
an audiophile since 1957. In year 2000, after retirement from the corporate world, my interest in audio kicked
into high gear, leading me to develop the products listed below. My design, manufacturing, and direct sales business is
a one man concern. Everything I design, manufacture, sell and ship goes through my hands. All customer contact is through
me. The products offered are evaluated in a dedicated listening room with a world class two channel audio system which is
resolving and musical . A listening panel of dedicated audiophiles assists in product evaluation. These products meet high
standards of musicality. I work diligently to meet customer needs. I'm very accessible. Inquiries are welcome. Contact
me by telephone at 509 582 4548, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Products are listed below. Select from the web pages listed to the left to access product descriptions, reviews, a
price list, an online ordering site (not perfect, call me with any questions, or to place an order by phone), and other interesting
and useful topics. I wish you the best in your audio endeavors.
The VTAF for
many tonearms (VTA on the Fly); tremendous improvement in sound by isolating the tonearm from the armboard)
The VTAF Teflon Upgrade
(provides even smoother operation and even better sound)
The Counterweight for the Common Man for Rega tonearms (as good
a counterweight as you can get for your Rega tonearm, adaptable to some other arms, contact me)
Universal Tonearm (tremendously musical, visually gorgeous in a steam punk sort of way; Art Dudley says
the Woody has to be the most adjustable tonearm ever, universal in the sense that the purchase price
buys an arm with changeable headshells and counterweights, so that the arm can be set up to optimally play
any cartridge with standard 1/2" mounting centers)
The Woody SPU Tonearm (finally, a Woody
tonearm with a universal headshell, designed specifically for the fabulous Ortofon SPU cartridges).The
Woody SPU is the must-have arm if the SPU cartridges are to reach their full and amazing potential. ,
Also, the Woody SPU provides cartridge alignment capability and overhang adjustment ability that are (surprisingly) not provided
by arms such as Ortofon, Thomas Schick, Jelco, the older SME arms, and many other universal headshell arms. In addition,
the sliding mounting plate of the Woody SPU tonearm allows one arm to play both the A and G models of the SPU cartridges,
something not possible with other universal headshell arms.
The VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate
(available for any VTAF; allows easy adjustment of pivot to spindle distance and overhang; included with the
Cabinet and crossover plans for Altec or Great Plains Audio 604 drivers
Pedestals for independent tonearm mounting (inquire)
Q Up: In addition
to the products I manufacture, I am a big fan of the Q UP auto-lift product which lifts the
tonearm at the end of play. I sell the Q Up at the retail list price of $59.99 USD. The Q
UP is a clever and affordable design which is easy to install, is easy to use, and works very smoothly. Work
is in progress to adapt the Q UP for general use with my wonderful Woody tonearms. Every
vinyl lover would benefit from automatic pick-up at the end of play.
|Pete Riggle with Cabinets for Great Plains 604 8H Drivers
Theory(tm) Woody(tm) Tonearms
The most easily adjusted tonearms . . . ever!
*********Click on the Woody Tonearm Page*********
|The Pleasure of Vinyl Playback with the Woody
"This thing works great
and sounds even better!!"
Pete Riggle Audio Engineering
VTAF™(pronounced vee-taff, U.S. Patent No. 7630288),
'Vertical Tracking Angle on the Fly'
The VTAF is a tone arm VTA adjuster with a tone arm
mounting isolation system which provides remarkable improvements in sound stage, imaging, space, air, nuance,
inner detail, dynamics, bass clarity, and musicality. The sonic benefits provided by the VTAF isolation system are above
and beyond the sonic improvements achieved by adjusting VTA with the record in play!!
|The VTAF (Vertical Tracking Angle on the Fly); also, Counterweight for the Common Man (CCM)
The VTAF allows smooth and easy VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle) adjustment
on the fly for many combinations of tonearm and turntable.
The VTAF has been favorably reviewed in The Absolute Sound, at 6moons.com,
and at 10Audio.com, and has a multitude of satisfied users who have given enthusiastic testimonials
to its sonic performance, ease of use, build quality, appearance, and value.
available from Pete Riggle Audio Engineering:
The VTAF Teflon
Upgrade, which adds to the sonic performance and ease of use of the VTAF, and
Counterweight for the Common Man (CCM), a counterweight structural upgrade which takes Rega tonearms to
a new level of performance.
The VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate,
a mounting plate for use with the VTAF which allows easy adjustment of mounting distance and overhang.
The Three Point Mounting Plate, a kit that modifies the VTAF for post mounted arms to
accept three point mount Rega arms.
VTAF Extension Plates,
used for mounting the VTAF Guide Assembly on turntables with small arm boards (examples: certain Nottingham tables, certain
Origin Live tables, and certain Oracle tables).