"I'm convinced the actual mount
has contributed to
my sound the most.
It's more open, there's more air
with a blacker background, and dynamics
'pace' are outstanding."
- Ken Perkins
Here's what our Reviews say...
|Writer's Choice Award from Positive Feedback Online for Woody Tonearm using VTAF
|Jeff Award from reviewer Jeff Day for Woody SPU tonearm using VTAF
The Absolute Sound,
Issue No.153 April/May 2005, Stephaen Harrell, Page 16
Tracking Angle on the Fly"
Here’s an indispensable bargain for users of the ubiquitous Rega
arms. The VTAF™, from Pete Riggle Audio, allows VTA adjustment on the fly (yes, while the record is playing). Does it
work? Absolutely. Better still, PRA sells this precision-machined bronze, steel, and lacquered brass product for $104[*] plus
actual shipping. Why the VTAF? As you may know, other adjusters require loosening and retightening of a nut under the arm
board for each adjustment. Getting under the turntable, making the adjustment, and re-leveling the table becomes tedious and
rapidly gets one out of the fine-tuning mood. This one makes it easy. It’s no surprise
that I experienced improved soundstage, detail, nuance and air; VTA adjustment is often necessary to get the most out of your
cartridge. But the general improvement provided by the VTAF mounting system itself was a revelation: Only
gravity holds the arm pedestal down. Riggle latched on to this scheme when his Origin Live Rega 250 instructions cautioned
against snugging arm post nuts too tightly. He found loosening the nut improved the sound, and he was right, but this then
allowed the pedestal to spin around the mounting post during arm handling. His straightforward guide system now prevents this.
With the arm pedestal held by gravity to the bushing that guides the arm post up and down, one can now lift the arm and cables
out of the turntable without getting under the arm board. Since it takes just 10 seconds to
remove or return the arm, accommodating cartridge changes, multiple turntables, or multiple Regas with different cartridges
is now uncomplicated. With little room left, I’ll just say that I’m having one made for my Nottingham
rig, and refer you to PRA’s ongoing sales at www.audiogon.com. Once there, a quick search for VTAF will reward you with
many details and illustrations."
* Apology from Pete Riggle Audio: Ten
year later the price is $180.
6 Moons Garrard 301 Project, Part
1 . . . and Part 2, Jeff Day, Reviewer
Weve been fortunate to help Jeff Day at 6moons.com with his Garrard
301 project - and to have garnered some praise as well...
"Pete installed VTAF bushings on both turntables
to allow us to swap tone arms in less time than it took me to write this paragraph! Once
the VTAF bushing is installed, an arm can be removed and restored in moments without breaking or making mechanical connections; and
without getting underneath the turntable plinth. While Pete's original purpose in designing the
VTAF was an easy way to adjust vertical tracking angle on the fly, it turns out that it also sounds better than the standard
ways of mounting a Rega or Origin Live arm. The VTAF gives markedly improved nuance, inner detail,
air and soundstaging over the original rigid mounting system."
Jerry Seigel, Editior, July 2006
Review of the
Origin Live Conqueror with the Riggle Audio VTAF
Jerry discusses the aural
advantages he hears, of the Origin Live Conqueror tonearm over the Graham Phantom tonearm and then goes on to say:
"Enter the VTAF, Pete Riggle's aftermarket ‘VTA adjustment on
the Fly' accessory that allows you to adjust VTA without the genuine pain in the ass process
that is required with the stock Origin Live arm. (I use the term "stock", but please note that the
VTAF does not modify the arm in any way, and so the warranty is unaffected.)
the stock arm, you loosen the big nut on the bottom of the arm post under the arm board, turn the included adjuster, and retighten
the nut. Depending on your table, you may then have to reinstall the armboard, all the while being insanely careful not to
damage the stylus. Repeat until satisfied.
With VTAF, just
1) turn the beautifully finished wheel, and 2) sit down. If all the VTAF did was to make adjusting VTA a very quick and simple
and safe matter, it would easily be worth the cost. But that is not quite all it does.
the Origin Live Conqueror arm with Pete Riggle's excellent (and in my opinion, necessary) VTAF . . .the dynamic range
of this combination is scary . . . this is the most immediate and obvious change that the VTAF brings to the (turn) table.
Less striking but no less important are improvements in high frequency purity and extension,
and a deeper sound stage. The midrange may have gained some richness, but that impression may be an effect
of better low level resolution in the upper frequencies. No negative effects from adding the
VTAF have been observed.
Before the Conqueror [with
the VTAF] arrived, I would listen for two or three hours and then want to take a break. Now, I actively dislike turning off
the music. Listening fatigue is at a level below the amount time I have to listen. If there is anything that indicates enjoyment
better than not wanting it to end, I can't imagine what it would be or how good it could possibly sound. Having definitively
surpassed what many consider to be the best tonearm in the world [the Graham Phantom], I expect the Conqueror to be in permanent
residence in my reference system."
Overall Rating: 10
"I've saved the best for last . . .
me my vinyl "Kind of Blue" back!
That alone was worth the price of this kit."
- Brian Sloan, NZ
VTAF Testimonials, Here's what our Customers are saying...
Dave Kell, Fidelity Research FR-24 tonearm on the Russco Studio Pro Model B
Pete: Just a quick note to let you know that I got the VTAF installed on the Fidelity Research FR-24 tonearm on the Russco
Studio Pro Model B. The tube you shipped to bush the adjuster screw fit really nicely over the tonearm shaft. The Russco is
not a quiet deck and mine rumbled quite badly before the VTAF was installed. With the VTAF installed
the previously intolerable rumble and mechanical feedback from the tired motor bearings has totally gone. Bass response and definition has improved immeasurably. I am astounded at how much difference this makes.
You can expect orders for more of these ;)
Best Regards, Dave
Eagleeye, Techniques 1200 Series Table, with Pete Riggle Armboard, VTAF, and Origin Live Silver Mk. 3a Arm: "I'm still fooling around with it and I'm sure that things aren't completely dialed in yet,
but man my vinyl rig has never sounded so good. I was a bit skeptical
about the arm sorta floating in the VTAF, but you're right, you quickly adjust to it. I'll give you more detailed
impressions later. The weird thing is that I don't think everything is just due to properly
dialing in the VTA. Strangely, I think how the arm attaches to your VTAF with more degrees of mechanical freedom somehow improves
the sound." Thanks, Joe
Joe Giacalone, RB300 Tonearm on highly Modified Rega RP3 Table: I would have written sooner but
my free time is now consumed with listening to vinyl. Although I expected some improvement with
the VTAF and CCM modifications neither I, nor my wife, expected the magnitude of sound upgrade the two mods brought.
I always thought the phrase "jaw-dropping" was simply a metaphor
but that is what happens with every record I play; literally. I simply
cannot recommend your products highly enough now that I finally understand through first-hand experience why vinyl is vastly
superior to even a very high end CD player. Also, with your diagnostic suggestions I discovered why
I was getting only a signal from the left and not right channel. It turned out to be a blown tube in the phono section of
my McIntosh C2220 preamp. Thanks for your help because as good as I told you the mods were that was with my hearing them through
a weak phono tube. With both phono channels on good tubes now the music
is simply amazing with precise imaging, a very deep soundstage and more powerful and tighter bass and a richness that I've
missed in the 45 years I've been in this hobby.
John Austin, Ottawa, Canada, Rega
RB300 arm on modified Rega P25 turntable: Hi Pete, The VTAF is causing me to lose sleep.
It arrived in the mail yesterday, and I installed it after dinner. I ended up
staying up past midnight listening to records! I even played a record this morning before leaving for work - so it's making
me late for work too. Seriously, I listened to Blue Rondo a la Turk off Dave Brubeck's Time
Out. I've never heard the cymbals sound so lifelike. It's easy to tell when they are being hit on the edge, or toward
the middle of the cymbal. I even hears some brush work on the snare that I have never heard on that recording - and I have
that recording in both vinyl and CD. The acoustic bass has a more "woody" sound to it. I'm tempted
to take a vacation day so I can stay home to listen. I must admit that I had some second thoughts
while I was sanding the tonearm mounting hole on my Rega P25 to make it larger, and while I was screwing the tonearm vertical
guide into the plinth, but the results I heard after just a few records tell me it was well worth it. I haven't
even really experimented with VTA adjustment, or installed the spacers under the back of the cartridge. I
think a lot of the improvement must result from decoupling the tonearm from the plinth. Thanks for your invention!
Don Troise, Key West, FL, VTAF for Acos Lustre tonearm on Thorens TD124
Turntable: Hi Pete I want to thank you for taking the time to answer my questions about the Woody
tonearm. I came away with confidence that, just like the VTAF, every issue is thoroughly engineered (no stone left
to lay). After using the VTAF for a week, all I can say is that this device is the best thing to come along since
the pop-top can. Best Regards, Don
Jeffrey Lyons, Aukland, NZ, Origin
Live Illustrious Mk.III tonearm, Nottingham Analog Hyperspace turntable, Shelter 901 cartridge: Hi Pete: I have lived with your VTAF for about a year now. I waited to send this
testimonial as I did not want to write in haste and then become disillusioned with the product. The VTAF is installed
on a Nottingham Analogue Hyperspace Deck with the Origin Live Illustrious Mk III tonearm and Shelter 901 cartridge.
Of all the tweaks I have used in over 30 years of seeking audio nirvana, your VTAF is, by far, the single-most effective tweak
I have encountered in the quest for sound perfection. Here are some of
the positive effects I have experienced: increased soundstage depth and width; increased dynamics; better separation of vocals
and instruments; more musicality. These differences are not subtle, they are immediately and profoundly noticeable and still,
one year later, leave me gobsmacked in my listening chair, wanting to play record, after record, after record. Thank you, Pete Riggle for such a wonderful piece of equipment. Kindest regards, Jeff Lyons
Keith Locke, Rega RB300 with Grado Statement Cartridge: After hearing so many good things about Pete and his VTAF I decided to order one. Pete Riggle
was quick to answer my questions and my VTAF arrived in the mail quickly. The instructions included
were easy to follow and I was up and running in no time. I remember having my arm rewired and adding a clearaudio
counterweight years ago and the signifigant improvements those changes made. Adding a VTAF to a Rega arm is as big of an improvement
as the upgrades I have mentioned yet again!! Everything Pete says about the VTAF is true and
man my vinyl rig has never sounded so good. The VTAF improves music in every which way we audiophiles like to talk about.
In a hobby full of gimmicks the VTAF isn't one them and every vinyl enthusiast should have one in my opinion.
Two thumbs up for you Pete; thank you for a marvelous invention!
Richard Vince, VTAF and CCM on Rega RB250 arm and VPI MkIV table:
Hi Pete: This is just a compliment to your mod kits. I installed
the VTAF Teflon and Counterweight kits on my RB250/VPI MkIV. I use a Shelter V cartridge. The improvement is really amazing.
More clarity and detail and the bass is both deeper and more focused. The Teflon
kit really allows me to make small VTAF corrections while a record is playing. It
has really made the adjusting effortless.Thanks, Richard
Roy Insco, Las Vegas, NV, SME III arm with VTAF: Pete, My SME III with your VTAF on a belt
drive table sounds better than another SME III arm I have mounted on a
better sounding table. Thanks, Roy Insco
Jeff Lyons, Aukland, NZ; Origin Live Illustrious Mk. III on an old style Nottingham Hyperspace table:
Hi Pete, Thanks so much for your helpful suggestions. However,
yesterday, I did take the arm board to a machine shop. The job was successfully completed for about 16.00 USD. The VTAF
is now set up on the turntable…. now for just a few final adjustments and enjoying some music. I
can already say, without any fine tuning, that the VTAF has had an amazing effect on the sound. Thanks
again, Pete for your thorough information, help, and such a fine product. All the best, Jeff
Buckwalter, VTAF for Rega RB250: Pete, I would like to say
how happy I am with the VTAF. It has been priceless in its ability to change my tonearm amongst
several tables quickly.
Poirson, Paris, France, Lenco L75, Rega Rb251, Mark Levinson MLC 1 cartridge, Van den Hull Retip: Pete,
I own a Lenco L75 with a big heavy plinth of 60 pounds. Tonearm
is a Rega RB251 with all the modifications by Origin Live (chrome finish). With the VTAF I immediately
noticed more air and far better voices on operatic material. Microdynamics were improved as well. It is a pleasure listening
to vinyl. CD is now far behind vinyl. Thanks a lot. Best Regrds, Gilles
Eric Huys, Rega
RB250 on Lenco Table, Wychen, Netherlands: Hi Pete, The VTAF is one of a kind!!
I'm very plaeased. It is a major performance upgrade for my Lenco 75. Is
the second generation VTAF/Technics Armboard for Technics 1200 Series available, and what does it cost? Hope to hear from
you soon. Kind Regards, Erik
a testimonial from Bjarne Sorenson, in Kolding Denmark, dated November 9, 2012: Bjarne
bought his VTAF in December 2004, about 8 years ago. In December 2005, Bjarne bought a separate VTAF Adjuster Screw, Adjuster
Wheel and Capture nut, allowing him to easily alternate a second RB300 with his first RB300. Now, in November 2012, Bjarne
is buying a separate VTAF Bronze Bushing and VTAF Guide assembly to allow him to mount the second RB300 on a separate Garrard
301 table. This is the kind of common sense approach to audio improvement that we here at Pete Riggle Audio really admire.
Folks often spend vast sums of money, and blow right past some of the best possible audio performance. In our opinion,
digital has it for playback portablility and convenience; but, in the comfort of your home, you'll find the deep
enjoyment in vinyl, often at much lower cost, using products like the VTAF, which offer remarkable performance. The
readable liner notes and album cover art provided with vinyl also add to the enormous enjoyment associated with vinyl playback.Bjarne Sorenson, Kolding Denmark: Hi Pete: After
8 years, the VTAF is still the best investment I have ever made for the Rega RB300 arm. With the VTAF, the
RB300 outperforms about any other arm I have ever heard, including expensive tonearms. My friends envy my setup for the sound
it produces. I told them," buy an Rega RB 300 and the VTAF upgrade, and you are in the sun."
R. Moore, OL Silver tonearm with VTAF and VTAF Mounting Plate on Technics 1200 Series Table: What’s the sound of the VTAF? In a word …… amazing! The VTAF has to be improving the coupling of tonearm to plinth. This is important, to be sure, but just one of many
things going on with phono playback. So 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. Noisy records still sounded noisy, as the microcline stylus of the OM 40 will report
every bit of dirt and groove wear. But the surface noise was less bothersome, and seemed better
isolated from the signal.
Havve, Skien Norway, Rega RB300 on Nottingham Interspace table: Dear Pete:
The VTAF is well received. Thank you for very good service. It was no problem mounting it. Biggest improvement I have recognized to now is no more resonance from
the plinth to the arm. Im still working on adjusting the best VTA but that Is so easy with the VTAF.
Doug Roach, Rega P3: Hi Pete. OK, first of all, I installed the VTAF on my P3. Now all I have
to say is HOLY SHIT! I wonder... is it because the arm is now
decoupled from the plinth? Or the use of brass ? What a great product in ANY
CASE! Best regards, Doug.
to Doug from Pete Riggle:
Thank you for the kind
words. I don't know exactly how the VTAF does its magic,
but it most certainly does it. Certainly isolation interrupts vibrations which would otherwise
enter the armboard and return later to blur the signal. I don't know whether stainless steel would
work as well as brass. I did the prototype in brass for multiple reasons, not the least of which is the great reputation
brass has for sonic success. When I dropped the stylus in the groove with the prototype (before adjusting VTA) I knew
that I was obliged to offer this as a product. Kind Regards,
Ed Vialdevall, VPI HW-19 MkIII turntable with stock platter, Rega RB300 arm:
Initial returns indicated
a huge win especially for the relative (in this world) pittance invested. Huge win on bass, lower mids and "air".
Ok, I've lived with the VTAF for a few weeks now, and have to say I love it !
I have records ranging from paper-thin 80's era "budget reissues" to beefy 180gm Mobile Fidelity, Rhino, etc.
This is the first time I have been able to get the most out of them - my previous VTA adjuster was a "set and forget"
and I was never able to dial it in precisely for even a compromise position because making an adjustment involved lifting
the armboards, unscrewing a big underside nut, turn the adjuster, and put it all back together. Not a solution at all. So
basically I have never really heard how good my records sound until now. I knew VTA was "important"
but never how important. As far as listening impressions, I hear much more detail
and harmonic structure in acoustic strings, punchiness in kick drums and electric bass, focus, air and smoothness in vocals,
more soundstage depth, and independence of voices. The last is a little hard to explain, and is one of the
things I use to judge quality by - but I know when I hear it. What I mean is that each instrument in an ensemble has a complex
rhythmic or melodic life of it's own - something as acoustically complex as a backing acoustic guitar, or as "simple"
as a block on beat, they both exist independently, and when you can experience the musical richness
of these secondary voices, as well as that of the primariy voices, that is when the MUSIC
as opposed to "good sound" begins to emerge. I could go on, in
orchestral setting the different sections appear better-placed and scaled in "size", female vocals are smoother
and fuller, etc. Thanks a lot and excellent
Rodriguez, Moerch Tonearm:
Hi Pete: The results [of the VTAF with the Moerch Tonearm] were far better than I
had anticipated. Sound stage, clarity of music lines, and timbre improved. Also, not having
to deal with the tiny set screw anymore is a blessing. I took a photo of the completed assembly and am including
it below. As you can see, the brass looks like it is part of the Moerch arm. Very classy.
Gerry Maroulis, OL Conqueror, SOTA Cosmos,
confess that the reason I bought the VTAF was strictly for the convenience it offfers. I did not expect any differences
in the sound of my set up and was surrpised to see so many testimonies to the opposite. Was I wrong! Right
from the start I could hear a more relaxed background with an even lower background noise. My Denon DL-S1
cartridge is a champ when it comes to low background noise but it now sounds even quieter. I guess decoupling
the tonearm from the board must be the reason for this. The music sounds, again, relaxed! What I am mean with
this is that any sense of "forcing" the music out of the grooves is gone. The word "effortless" comes to
mind. I love my music with a strong bass base. The VTAF seems to have done nothing to
reduce the quanity of the bass I had before but it did make it more articulate, more real. I am not a Stereophile
reviewer and I lack the words to describe what I am hearing, but something happened to my system and it has become addictive.
Listening to Patricia Barber's Modern Cool at a moderately high volume the bass is deep and "heart filling" while
her voice sounds more ethereal than ever. Highs are sweet and extended to a point that it almost
feels like my ears have gone back to their early glory, 30 years ago. I can hear more music now. It is amazing
that some times in life you can have your cake and eat too. I bought the VTAF for the convenince
it offers but I also got more musical pleasure with it. Thanks and Regards, Gerry Maroulis
Origin Live Silver Arm on Technics 1200 Table with VTAF and VTAF Armboard for Technics 1200 Table:
Everything installed and running smoothly. First listening sessions and I can only say thank you. Crystal clear sound reproduction. Attached are pictures, as promised. Thanks a
lot. David from Madrid.
Gianni Cimbalo, Italy, Rega RB250, Garrard 401:
Hakan Bogren, Moerch Tone Arm
Hello Pete: I mounted
the VTAF today; on my Moerch tonearm, and started listening right away. So far the system sounds
great with the VTAF installed, and I find it easy to dial in the correct sound. Cheers, Hakan
Peter Grasic, Clearaudio Ambient Table, Origin
Live Silver Mk III
Hi Pete, Your VTAF has improved
the performance my - Clearaudio Ambient, O/L Silver3, Benz Micro L2 Wood, beyond my expectation. I
doubt I would have realised the potential of my deck without the VTAF in place, it is the best $200- (Australian)
I have spent in over 35yrs in the hobby. Cheers, Peter
Stewart Ow, Audioquest arm on modified VPI table
for a great product and wonderful service! The VTAF made a wonderful difference in my VPI/Audioquest
table. The adjustment on the fly allows me to fine tune my LP collection in seconds, and
lets me hear so much more than I've heard in the past. I also want to thank you for the custom spacer!
It was a very nice surprise and fits perfectly with my table. The spacer balances out the space between the arm height
and plinth. Thanks again for a product that works and has a beautiful fit and finish.
Rega Tonearm: I want to thank you for the information and the spare
insert. Changing back to my older Rega made a big difference.
I must say that my dealing with you has been as good an experience as I have ever had on the internet.
From your products to your service you have exceeded all expectations.
Sincerely, Bill Gross
Helmuth Wikke, VTAF on Origin Live Encounter
I certainly felt the installation of the
VTAF was worthwhile. First of all there was no problem setting it up. The way you can adjust while playing feels right. About
the sound, I at once could hear a more correct sound picture, better image and details. I recommend the VTAF. The
VTAF is far more valuable than the one delivered on the Encounter Mk.III by Origin Live. Best regards, Helmuth
Stute, Dortmund Germany, Scheu Cello table with Rega tonearm: Hello Pete, A short feedback from Germany!! Many thanks for fast shipping of the VTAF. The Scheu Cello turntable
I use is a completely acrylic including the adjustable tonearm mounting base. Your installation
instructions are perfect. I had no problem mounting the VTAF. I used a machine screw and nut to replace the
wood screw you provided for mounting the vertical guide. The visual result is perfect, but even
better the acoustic result!! I was a little bit skeptical until I started playing
my favorite LP's. Then I thought "is this a new player?" Congratulations. The
result is much better than I expected. I don't understand why your system is not better known in Germany.
I would say this is an insider tip! Greetings from Germany, Meinolf
Steven Monroe, Standard VTAF for Rega post mounted arm:
I got from you is a marvel.Sound is dramatically improved all around, and changing/adjusting
cartridges is a breeze. On top of all these benefits, this is a marvelously designed,
engineered, and manufactured piece,the kind of thing one likes to just gaze at. That it sounds so great while
you are looking is a real double-dip. Thanks again, Steve
Hello, Just a note to say the VTAF system works wonderfully on a SOTA vacuum turntable
with a Michell Technoarm (Modified Rega). I had been using an Eminent Technology air bearing
arm and decided to simplify. The Benz Ace MC never sounded better. The setup and instructions were easy to
accomplish and you are to be applauded for your design. Thanks.
Bill Heyboer, Michell Technoarm on Sota Vacuum turntable:
Hi Pete. The VTAF works fine. I am very pleased with it. The
VTAF makes it sooo easy to adjust the VTA. I have found just the right VTA angel for my Van Den Hul "the
frog," and now its really playing music. Worth every penny !!!!! Thanks again. Have left you good feedback on ebay. Best
Torstein Natland, Norway, Nottingham Spacearm on Spacedeck:
David McIntosh, Rega P3, Shelter 501 Cartridge:
Hi Pete, Right now I'm pretty much in Audio Heaven (say Hallelujah!) Beautiful new preamp,
beautiful new Rega with a new acrylic platter and "special" mat, beautiful new cartridge, beautiful new crossovers
in the old Klipsch, and of course the beautiful new VTAF. My LP collection runs the gamut from the thinnest RCA's from
the '80's to some of the most recent 200g audiophile pressings. The new Shelter 501 installed with minimal adjustment
necessary and sounds nothing short of amazing. But being able to fine tune the VTA without stopping and shimming the arm is
even more amazing. I really can easily find the sweet spot for not only every record but every
song! This is important to me because of the amount of archival recording I plan to do. Even though my system's
much improved sound quality is due to the combination of changes I've made, I can single out the VTAF as a major plus
and I'm glad I made the investment.
Mark Allen, Wilson Benesch Act 2 arm on Michell Orbe table:
Hi Pete, Everything arrived yesterday as planned and I completed fitting last night. The setup looks great
(see attached pictures), and the sound is extraordinary! I can't tell how much of it is due to the VTAF and how much is
due to the new Orbe turntable, but the new setup is considerably better than the Wislon Benesch arm without the VTAF, on the
the previous table (Wilson Benesch Circle). There is almost non-existent surface noise (the
clicks seem to almost disappear), very black background, outstanding detail retrieval, great depth and focus to the soundstage,
and that wonderful sense of airiness.
Neil Holmes, Origin Live OL1 arm, Garrard 301 table , Cain
and Cain plinth:
I wanted to let you know that all is working well. The setup sounds
great. Origin Live OL1 arm, VTAF, Incognito wiring, and a marvelous Miyabi cartridge. Sweet!
I also have the table set up so I can play a 12" SME 3012 arm with a Denon 103R cartridge. [Hey Neil: We also have a
VTAF available for that SME 3012 . . . Pete]
Michael Levine, Rega arm on Linn LP12:
Hi Pete, finally got my thing together and installed the VTAF on my LP12. It turned out great and is
sounding excellent. Together with the CCM counterweight (installed earlier,
replacing the Kerry f2) the VTAF has made a significant upgrade in the sound
of my vinyl. Thanks very much!!
Bill Capolongo, Origin Live Encounter arm on Teres 255 table:
The VTAF is fantastic, really a big improvement! Thanks so much for helping
out. I installed the VTAF this weekend. It is just great; it exceeds my expectations.
Ron Barbee, Thorens TD125, SME 3009:
As the recent recipient of a version of your product which affords vertical tracking
angle adjustment for my recently restored 1967 Thorens TD125 turntable with an SME 3009 tone arm, I want to encourage you
to continue manufacturing this fine innovation and to recommend the incorporation of the VTAF capability to anyone with similar
The TD125/SME3009 combination has provided years of excellent service but the one major
fault has been the difficult and imprecise adjustment of VTA. The VTAF is the solution
and it is light enough to allow the turntable suspension to work correctly.
The advent of new
cartridge technology caused me to set aside this turntable and arm combination for a number of years because vertical tracking
angle became an important adjustment to attain the best performance from the cartridges I chose to use. The arrangement modified
with the VTAF provides precise, repeatable setups and allows me to enjoy my recordings on vinyl without the need to guess.
In addition, to change cartridges or perform inspection or even cleaning I can just
lift the assembly out of the base and have easy access to all aspects of the tone arm.
The sound has
taken on another set of parameters previously not experienced. The Thorens/SME now challenges my other turntables and requires
a serious decision as to where to place it in my three listening areas. It easily competes with my Linn Sondek, Panasonic
SP10, and VPI tables with various top notch arms. I use Denon, Dynavector, Myabi, Pickering/Stanton, Grado and Spectral cartridges
currently with great satisfaction and am going to branch out to see how other applications work with this system.
My sound systems are very high resolution and have only been enhanced by the ability to precisely and repeatedly
attain the vta required for the best sound at the moment .
Thanks for a fine product and a wonderful
enhancement to my old new playback system.
Bob Olson, OL Silver:
The VTAF with Teflon has made my little OL Silver sound better in most respects than my
much more expensive SME-V. You guys done good!
Phil Hyun, Rega Planar
with RB600 arm:
I just wanted to tell you that I installed the VTAF into my Rega Planar 25 with RB600
arm yesterday (took about 30 minutes and I used a Forstner bit and a little sanding)
and had a good listen today. The improvement in sound is really staggering.
The P25 sounds totally different. MUCH better. It's just livelier, more realistic, and the music is just way more 3 dimensional.
Like it pops out of the air and with much greater clarity and detail. I'm just grinning from ear to ear. I can't wait
to show this to all of my audio buddies. I think it's safe to say you can expect some more orders from the Portland area
soon. Thanks for a GREAT product at an affordable price!
Tubesforever, Vinyl Asylum:
When I added the Pete Riggle VTAF (vertical angle on the fly system) to my table, I was not expecting such
a great increase in sound and smiles. With just a turn of an adjustment wheel while listening to the song, I
can adjust the VTA and just nail it every time. It is easy to hear the sound just snap into place. Bass, midrange,
vocals all improved in every area describable. This Pete Riggle VTAF is the real deal
and should be considered strongly by anyone who truly loves vinyl.
Dale Humphrey, 1/27/06, Roksan table, Roksan Tabriz arm:
An absolute joy to deal with. Pete
is patient, understanding, and will take every necessary step to ensure his product exceeds your expectations.
Have a tonearm without adjustable VTA? You must investigate the VTAF!
Kevin Convey, 2/12/06, heavily modded VPI HW19 MK4 and Rega
Count me among those who have drunk the Kool
Aid on the efficacy of the VTAF. You'll remember that I wondered whether the unit had left my heavily
modded VPI HW19 MK 4 and Rega RB300 with less bass response than before. Using your instructions, I tested my J.M. Michell
VTA adjuster against the VTAF for bass response. Not only was the result no contest in favor
of the VTAF with regard to bass response, but also with respect to air, sound stage and just about every other audiophile
metric you could think of. Just to test myself, and having read somewhere Origin Live's suggestion that
its tonearm not be over-tightened to the armboard, I auditioned my RB300 with the Michell's VTA adjuster nut both tight
and loose. Again, the result was no contest: the arm sounded far better with the nut loose. But the VTAF sounded even better
than that. To paraphrase the Bible: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. So consider this a thank-you note. Thanks not
only for suggesting a way I might satisfy my own ears about the difference the VTAF makes, but for designing and marketing
such an useful, elegant and great-sounding device in the first place.
George McKelvey, Moth Alamo S table, Rega RB250 arm with
Michell Technoweight and Incognito wiring:
tone arm from the plinth has had a dramatic effect all by itself. I'm really impressed with your product.
It is ingenious, easy to install, and it works as advertised.
Jim Howard, Kenwood KD500 table and arm:
I am now playing the Grado Ref Master on my Kenwood's KD 550 arm that I modified
to work with the VTAF. The VTAF transformed the sound of this arm. It was midfi at the very
best, but with the VTAF it just continues to amaze me. I am not sure if I could live without VTAF now that
I have tasted it! Kinda like chocolate but a whole lot better! Reminds me of Sarah MacLaughlins "Ice Cream!"
Dennis Pitzer, Michell Gyrodec Table and Zeta arm: Well, with the patience of Job, you walked me
through each step of the installation process (much simpler in reality than perceived). Ultimately I spent more time re-aligning
my Lyra Helikon with Wallytractor than I did installing the VTAF! The results are simply stunning! As a High Fi enthusiast
for over 25 years, I can honestly state that no single improvement; component upgrade, tweak etc. has gotten me closer to
the absolute sound as the VTAF. I am hearing musical passages, inner detail, sound stage and frequency range extension that
I did not dream possible. As I actively listen to my record collection, I find my jaw dropping in amazement and sheer pleasure.
Thanks very much for engineering such a fine product, selling it at a fair price, and supporting your customers in a "world
Jeff Horiguchi, Nottingham Hyperspace Table and Mentor Arm:
I set it all up over the weekend and it is a thing of beauty.
The VTAF works as you described and is a joy to use. It really could not have been any easier to use, install and to order.
I would not hesitate to recommend to someone else.
Jim Howard, Audio Asylum DIY, Kenwood KD-500 table and arm:
With my new VTAF a simple adjustment up or down just snaps
the sound in place. My initial impression was "wow the bass is clear, tight, and perfectly extended."
The VTAF nails the bass perfectly, and the midbass now has flesh. You can hear the skin of the fingertips slip past
the bass strings. I've never heard this before on recordings.
Regarding the human
voice, I am still in disbelief. I can hear a human head singing to me from center stage, not a voice coming
from between the speakers but the actual head. Folks it is pure fun to hear the singer right there in your room, mouthing
the vocals of your favorite songs. Sara MacLaughlin modulates her notes by changing the shape of her mouth. She twists her
jaw as she sings and you can see her doing it in your sound field.
In the the upper midrange I hear the drummer pressing
the brushes into his cymbals. I hear his sticks being swirled on the drum heads instead of being struck against them. I hear
percussion as you expect to hear it, with pace and rhythm, and emotion. Listen to some well recorded drum music with the VTAF
and you will hear new magic you never heard before. The VTAF so improved my high frequency sound that I was transfixed. Never
have I heard vinyl get a cymbal, a triangle, or a transient so accurately.
Today I get to listen to every record as
if for the very first time. The VTAF lets you dial the sound perfectly every single time, allowing you to make a thick sounding
album sound more dry, or a dry record sound more full.
Some of my more marginal recordings of great music, though still
flawed, are more listenable with the VTAF.
VTAF allows you to adjust the sound so voices are perfect. Everything sounds
better when you nail the VTA and you can do it in seconds. It is amazing that 1 to 3 degrees up or down affects the music
as it does, but your ears will not deceive you. VTAF is the answer to getting more smiles out of every moment you listen to
So in summary, you owe it to yourself to try the VTAF. It has made the most impressive change to my vinyl listening
experience. I hope you will be brave enough to experience the VTAF for yourself.
David Sloane, Audio Asylum Review, 6/9/05, Origin Live Encounter
Arm on O.L. Aurora Gold table:
Let me say that it
is truly a work of art (I love industrial art of ANY kind) and it is installed in the Aurora Gold/Encounter
arm and it is probably one of the most incredibly elegant and beautiful inventions I've ever seen. It
performs incredibly well, and I think it's the best couple-hundred bucks I've spent in this hobby.
The fact that it is such a simple and direct solution to what was truly the only "beef" I had with the whole turntable
subsystem, to me reflects true genius. I took pictures along the way, and there are one or two special points that need to
be addressed when installing on an Aurora Gold. Check out David Sloane's web site documenting
his installation of the VTAF on the OL Encounter and Aurora Gold: www.sloanezone.com/vtaf/vtaf.html
Joseph P Horvath II, Audio Asylum Vinyl, (jphii) 6/26/04,
is extremely easy. If you can change a tone arm, you can install the VTAF. Going in, I had a couple of reservations
. . . the arm just sits there. No nut to tighten at all . . . I was skeptical . . . the guide is the only thing that holds
the tone arm in place (keeps the tone arm pedestal from rotating) . . . that had me a little worried too. So I put on an album
I know inside out . . . the VTAF seemed to bring out a new level of detail I had been missing . . . it
just seemed more 'right.' So I put on another album I know well . . . Same thing. New levels of detail,
previously unheard. And the fun thing is, now I can change VTA on the fly! Seriously, I changed it on the fly, and not one
skip, period. And my TT sits on a rack that is , lets see, 'structurally challenged.' If you have a Rega based arm,
this will be the best hundred bucks you ever spent."
Bill Allen (BAULS Audio), BIX turntable:
"I have the VTAF in play. Very cool I must say. Slick even. The strange thing is that the VTA on
the fly is secondary to the improvement in the soundstage. Even my wife is playing vinyl albums
again, a good sign."
Jeff Kane, Clearaudio Evolution Turntable:
"I put off installing the VTAF for the longest time... Was afraid to trash my P25 etc etc etc. Well, I just
got a Clearaudio Evolution and got REALLY tired of doing the 'ol up and down with the VTA adjustors it had on it so the
Dremel and I got busy. Funny that I wouldn't touch the P25 but I dove right in on the Clearaudio. As for the sonics...
Well just the ability to adjust VTA on the fly is a HUGE boon but for what ever reason (decoupling the arm from the plinth
maybe?) the noise level has dropped and the imaging is quite a bit more focused and defined
now . . . I definitely heard an improvement with the VTAF . . . LOVE it! P.S. The setup looks PERFECT on the
Clearaudio as it matches their hardware100%... It looks like something they would've done. VERY nice. Will be placing
an order for a VTAF for the P25."
Mike Price, VPI HW-19 Mk. IV turntable:
"Couldn't be much easier. My
platter mat was thick enough so that I didn't have to do any shimming. This thing works
great and sounds even better!!
Barry Howard, VPI HW-19:
"The installation instructions were foolproof and after the 45
minutes that it took to remove my Expressimo Audio VTA and install yours (mostly sanding the hole in my Corian armboard and
adjusting height so that the cartridge body was parallel with the record) I was playing music. I decided to test the VTAF
with a new 180 gram pressing of Cat Steven's Tea For The Tillerman . . . my initial test disc as I have upgraded my VPI
HW-19. Five seconds into "But I Might Die Tonight" I'm sure that my mouth was hanging open. Every
aspect of the presentation had improved beginning with the bass that was better defined with more kick and
there even seemed to be more quantity. There was more detail revealed at all frequencies. The mids and highs were more natural
and the soundstage became wider and taller - just plain bigger with greater transparency. Amazingly there
was not a compromise for all of this improvement . . . The improvement to my HW19 was greater than adding
the SAMA ($400 stand alone motor assembly) and on par with adding the Scout platter and inverted bearing ($300)! All of this
has been accomplished without even adjusting the VTA. I will look forward to playing with the height adjustment over time.
Thanks again for a well engineered product.
Brad Ellis, heavily modified AR XA-1:
It is just as you promised - more detail, tighter bass,
better sound-stage, easy to install and use and gorgeous to look at! Thank you so much for another brilliant
DIYer's dream item. The VTAF has just brought me closer to my ideal sound than I have ever been before. After 20 plus
years, I think I am finally hearing what I have been searching for. I hope I have conveyed that I am thrilled with the VTAF.
Leonard Cue, Luxman version of the Rega P3 turntable:
"Well thought out and comprehensive instructions made installation
a breeze. The precison cartridge shims supplied allowed the VTA adjustment range to be set just right. The
arm being practically free of the deck has improved clarity, giving the perception of improved timing and space. The VTAF moves the Shure V15xMR cartridge from sounding like a good technological trick, to the production
of actual music."
Ken Perkins, Audio Asylum, VPI jr. table with an Origin Live
I've just installed the VTAF on a VPI jr. with
an Origin Live 250 and have come to the conclusion that it's one of the best tweaks or mods
I've ever done to a turntable/arm. Regardless of the VTA adjustment (it's basically set where it was),
I'm convinced the actual mount has contributed to my sound the most. It's more open, there's more air with a blacker
background, and dynamics and "pace" are outstanding. The depth of the image is hard to believe and I'm using
30 year old modified Large Advents!
Another convert here in
New Zealand. Great kit. Appreciated that you even included the plastic pipe sanding forms for enlarging the mounting hole.
I was surprised at how stable the tone arm feels after installation. That stability seems to transfer directly into the music.
The soundstage became more focused and palpable. I was also surprised that I ended up adjusting the tone arm a lot higher
than previous calculations had suggested. You can't argue with your ears as the final judge! I've
saved the best for last . . . you gave me my vinyl "Kind of Blue" back! Previously unlistenable. That alone was
worth the price of this kit.
Richard Golladay, Origin Live Silver on Spacedeck:
Does the VTAF work? Yep! Does it play my records better? Yep! At this point I'm
not sure whether the improvement in sound is attributable to the fact that the arm is not rigidly mounted. I will say that
the ability to get VTA right for every record will improve its sound, most particularly when using a fine cartridge. I have
more dollars in my Clearaudio cartridge than I have in the Table, arm, mods, and VTAF put together. I have found so far that
the the sound stage is wider, images more precise, with improved delineation of instruments
in space. Please feel free to use me as a reference. This is a good product, and worth the cost.
Bill Wilborn, custom Sonus Formula IV on custom turntable:
've succesfully installed the VTAF.
I can confirm that it sounds very good and that I can readily change VTA without skipping a
groove. Thanks a lot.
"Comparing to the usual simple and flimsy VTA adjusters currently on the market, your VTAF should command
another $50 to $100 easily."
Bill Van Winkle, Master Piano Rebuilder, Thorens TD125 turntable,
Expressimo modified Rega RB250 arm:
"The ability to change
VTA on the fly brings life to many records. In addition there is an unmistakable improvement to the sound, at any VTA."
Dake Ackley, OL Modified RB250, Denon DL103 Cartridge, Thorens
Hi Pete- I recently installed your VTAF on my turntable
and I wanted to give you some feedback. I think this is a really excellent product. I installed it on a Thorens 520, a relatively
uncommon turntable. The 520 has a separate armboard that I drilled according to your instructions. The tonearm is a OL-modified
RB 250 and the cart is a Denon 103. This is my back-up table - it's been sitting around unused for a few months. My main
table is a LP12/Cirkus/Ittok/Lingo (currently in the shop).Your instructions are excellent. I really appreciated the care
put into the instructions, especially the specifications you provide for this specific tonearm. Very helpful. I have never
been able to set VTA as easily as I can with the VTAF. The 520 has a leaf-spring suspension, and so I'm not able to set
it 'on the fly' - it causes the needle to jump the groove - but I'm still able to set it very easily. The stylus
certainly tracks well, and the fact that the tonearm is relatively 'loose' in the bushing doesn't seem to have
caused any problems: imaging is very stable, very precise. Like I said, I think this is a really
great product, with great instructions, and excellent build quality. Anyway, just wanted to give you my thoughts
on this fine product. Many thanks.
James Osborne, Rega RB250:
Hi Pete, The VTAF has lived up to all my expectations. By far one of best upgrades
I've done to my sound system ! Thanks for your great support along the way ! Best of luck. James
Alan Butt, Garrard 401, Martin Bastin Plinth, Rega arm:
Hi Peter, just a line to say "thanks'' for a
great product - your VTA adjuster rocks - see pictures - I purchased the adjuster several years ago - for
a Garrard 401 project - the waiting was well worth it. The turntable now sits firmly in its new Martin Bastin designed and
built plinth with your VTA making adjustments a simple task - brilliant.
VTAF TEFLON UPGRADE TESTIMONIALS
Mark Williams, VPI HW-19 MK IV with RB300 and Dynavector
The VTAF Teflon Upgrade installation was a breeze.
The keys are to take your time and keep the Xacto blade as clean as possible, using the alcohol wipes provided. Also, be sure
to handle the Xacto blade carefully! The complete install only took me about 20 minutes. My VTAF now adjusts more smoothly
with the upgrade and I do think that the sound from my VPI HW-19 MK IV with RB300 and Dynavector
20X has taken another leap forward.
CCM (Counterweight for the Common Man) Testimonials
Szymon Gajda, RB300 tonearm on Nottingham AceSpace table:
Hi Pete: The CCM turned out to be a major league improvement for the Rega RB300. The CCM eliminates the
one-note-bass problem inherent in the stock RB300. Looking forward to incorporating the VTAF into my vinyl rig.
Michael Levine, Rega arm on Linn LP12:
Hi Pete, finally got my thing together and installed the VTAF on my LP12. It turned
out great and is sounding excellent. Together with the CCM counterweight (installed
earlier, replacing the Kerry f2) the VTAF has made a significant upgrade in
the sound of my vinyl. Thanks very much!
James Chee T. Loh, Rega RB300:
The Counterweight for the Common man is excellent, working well. Sounds great on my RB300 arm.
Bernie Candy, Rega RB300:
Just to let you know that having had your counterweight for a week or so, how impressed I am!! The humble P3 with an
acrylic platter fitted, your CCM counter weight and The P6 Tonearm lead now sounds amazing! The CCM
modification puts this arm/table combo into a different league altogether!! With your modification I suspect
I would have to pay a small fortune to better the sound.
Greg Owen, Rega RB250:
I love my CCM structural modification. It has really improved my Rega RB250.
The CCM is quite beautiful to look at. It sounds better than my previous upgrade counterweight, which is the
Expressimo Heavyweight. I think the improvement is due to the better arm stub provided with the CCM.
Pete is a superb seller - friendly, helpful. CCM is as described. Fast shipping. Completely satisfied. Highly
Jerome Tomko, Rega RB300:
The CCM works well. I have it on my Rega RB300 on a vintage Thorens TD-160
turntable. I am surprised by how good it sounds.
Laura Pfefferkorn, Rega RB300:
My listening tests show the CCM counterweight system to be superior to my stock Rega RB300 counterweight system.
The sound is more focused, and clear. The guitar strums are awesome. Clearly a winner.
to thank you for a very fine product. Fit and finish are excellent. The instructions were very easy to follow, however I deviated
slightly from them using the tip of a dull #2 pencil to install the insert. The tapered end fit perfectly and was easy to
extract. I have been listening now for a week and can say that results were immediate and pronounced.
The sound floor has decreased noticeably. Most of the run-in sections are now "almost" inaudible. Any sibilance
and harshness present in the vocals are now gone. Bell sounds from the centers of cymbals are clear along with the "live
shimmer". There are other improvements but the above are so dramatic I will stop here. Again I thank
you for a Common Man approach to an UN-common product.
Chris Ringwood, RB300:
I re-wired my Rega RB300. Definite improvement. Then I installed your weight 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. An order of magnitude improvement for $75 is audio-value indeed!
Chris Bates, Rega RB250 on Project Genie Turntable:
CCM arrived in good condition and is fitted to Rega RB250 on a modified Project Genie turntable (outrigger
arm plate). Overall impression is of a veil lifted from the music, cleaner note extremities
and deeper more defined bass. Just been listening to an old Philips LP of Alred Brendal playing
Liszt piano sonata - simply awesome piano depth with a modest Ortofon 2M red. Best value upgrade
I have purchased for a very long time. Its a true breath of fresh air to buy something that does what is claimed! Keep up
the good work.
Chris Bates , England
Joe Giacalone, RB300 Tonearm on highly Modified Rega RP3 Table:
I would have written sooner but my free time is now consumed with listening to vinyl.
Although I expected some improvement with the VTAF and CCM modifications
neither I, nor my wife, expected the magnitude of sound upgrade the two mods brought.
I always thought the phrase "jaw-dropping" was simply a metaphor but that is what happens with every
record I play; literally. I
simply cannot recommend your products highly enough now that I finally understand through first-hand experience why
vinyl is vastly superior to even a very high end CD player. Also, with your
diagnostic suggestions I discovered why I was getting only a signal from the left and not right channel. It turned
out to be a blown tube in the phono section of my McIntosh C2220 preamp. Thanks for your help because as good as I
told you the mods were that was with my hearing them through a weak phono tube. With both phono channels on good tubes now the music is simply amazing with precise imaging,
a very deep soundstage and more powerful and tighter bass and a richness that I've missed in the 45 years I've
been in this hobby.
|Positive Feedback Online Award for Woody tonearm using VTAF
|Jeff Award by reviewer Jeff Day for Woody SPU tonearm using VTAF
"I've saved the best for last .
you gave me my vinyl "Kind of Blue" back!
That alone was worth the price of this kit."
Brian Sloan, NZ