Dimensions: 14’ × 23’ Medium
2 x ECL82 Telefunken
2 x 5651 RCA
2 x 6X5 Tung Sol
1 x Philips E182CC
I switched back to the idler/friction drive on the Reed Muse 3C table.
I immediately noticed that the bass tightened up and there was better definition in the bottom end. I could more easily follow bass lines. Because the bass was less dominant and bloated, more information from other frequencies came through. It was as if the soundfield was 'cleaned' and each image had more room to breathe. Pitch definition and was much better - especially noticeable on piano. All of these improvements led to a much more natural sense of space and timing.
So, was anything lost by going away from the belt? Well, the belt is more 'romantic' sounding. The pace is more languid and notes hang around and take longer to decay. The midrange is warmer and the overall soundscape is darker. With the idler everything is simply more there and matter-of-fact -- there is less editorializing.
It's nice to have the choice between the two but for now I'll be staying with the idler wheels.
Why did I prefer the belt to the idler before but now I prefer the idler to the belt? The two idler wheels were in the wrong position the first time. The two wheels are of slightly different diameter and the bigger one has to go on the left motor.