"I’m stunned that the
VTAF 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
There was a bigger and deeper soundstage, with
better instrument placement within it."
VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate
We offer the VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate as a product
independent of the VTAF-for-SME. This allows VTAF users with traditional plinths and arm boards to have the convenience of
easily adjustable mounting distance.
The VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate allows easy adjustment of overhang, a
benefit missing in some tone arm designs.
The VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate
is priced at $60 U.S. in Laquered Brass finish (add $12 for Smokey Silver finish). Shipping and insurance is free if
ordered with a VTAF or with a CCM. Otherwise shipping and insurance is $7.20 U.S. to the U.S., or $9.60 to to Canada,
or $12 USD to other destinations worldwide.
The VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate, like the SME sliding mounting system,
allows the mounting distance (horizontal distance from turntable spindle axis to tone arm pivot vertical axis) to be easily
changed to achieve the correct amount of cartridge overhang (distance from stylus to spindle axis). This is a great convenience,
particularly with headshells which are not slotted, or cartridges which mount short or long (like the Denon 103 series, which
mounts short). The VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate is inspired by the SME sliding mounting system but is simpler and more trim
in appearance than the SME mounting system. When used with the VTAF, the VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate is hidden by the VTAF
Images are included here showing the VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate with the VTAF Bronze Bushing
installed in an armboard, including one from the bottom of the arm board. An image is also included of an SME arm mounted
with the VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate. This image shows how the VTAF Sliding Mounting Plate is hidden in use by the VTAF