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Anyone have experience with Fidelity Research FR-54 & FR24 tonearms?

Discussion in 'Turntables' started by mjw21a, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    Ok, my FR54 arrived today. The counterweight looks like it may have been dropped once or twice. Rather than wait until I get home I figure I'll ask here. Does anyone know if the counter weight from a FR24 will fit the FR54? If so I have a heavy brass counterweight that I bought locally that will fit.

    Otherwise I'll wait until I get home and post my results on here.

    I hadn't paid attention to the arms effective length and overhang. I must say that I'm absolutely delighted that they're identical to the JVC QL7's stock tonearm. This will be a straight swap ;)

    If I'm lucky the standard arm will use a DIN connector, otherwise I'll need to order a new itnerconnect. If it comes down to that, these look decent and are low cost: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/322253640966?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
     
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  2. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    That interconnect does look good. The ads for it are just not pictured properly. Has stock photos for the RCA-RCA, the MiniDIN to RCA and the right angle MiniDIN to RCA. other than the title one might not know what the are getting. Be nice if they went to all the trouble of actually putting together a listing for each of the options.
     
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  3. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    It may be worthwhile getting one just as a spare even if I don't need it. They look pretty decent.
     
  4. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    The Pound is really weak right now

    FIFY

    I missed that you are in Australia and have lost a bit of buying power with your currency, too. Still that is a nice price on that interconnect.
     
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  5. fiddlefye

    fiddlefye AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Same measurements? Big bonus, that. i ended up with a Nottingham Ace on my Rek-O-Kut because the match was perfect. Let us know how it comes together....
     
  6. mjw21a

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    I may see if I can install this tonight along with Dynamat treatment..... Considering veneering the table while I have it apart. Just have to order some stick on veneer ;)

    I've my fingers crossed on the counter weight being interchangeable though if not I'll sand this on back and spray paint with a silver paint with satin finish. It appears to have had a few drops. The arm is mint though. either way, good enough for an initial listen. I've a new stanton headshell on the way as these seem to be the only inexpensive, current production headshells where I can set a cartridge far enough back to work really well with these arms. Should suit the JVC well enough though I want to order a wooden one for the Ariston ;)
     
  7. fiddlefye

    fiddlefye AK Subscriber Subscriber

    What cart are you planning on running?
     
  8. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    My Hana EL for the most part. Possibly my mahogany bodied, elliptical tipped Denon DL103 from time to time too. This is my system for moving coils. The Ariston downstairs is almost exlusively for MM/MI carts although my shibata tipped Denon DL303 is nice down there too.
     
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  9. jeremyjustic

    jeremyjustic Analog Subscriber

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    Whats wrong with the counterweight? Was the arm or the weight dropped? can you post a pic?
     
  10. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    Here you go.... It looks a bit rough though it would work just fine. Just cosmetics really:

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  11. jeremyjustic

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    yeah it is a bummer but unless you have a replacement that happens to be the exact size and weight of the original, I would stick with the stock weight. stick the dented side to the back and you'll never notice it. good luck man,
     
  12. mjw21a

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    I'm thinking some sandpaper and a can of silver satin finish spray paint are my friends with this counter weight. ;)
     
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  13. fiddlefye

    fiddlefye AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Maybe a heavier shell then, something like the Sumiko HS-12 or an Orsonic maybe? The azimuth adjustment they have is nice as well.
     
  14. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    A Grace HS-3 or HS-5 headshell would be far nicer and wouldn't break the bank ;)
     
  15. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    Darn, looks like the JVC UA-5045 tonearm is hardwired in there. I've ordered that new IC which should do nicely. The FR24 counterweight definitely doesn't fit so I guess I'll sand this one back and paint it satin silver.
     
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  16. bob smog

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    In the kitchen...:king:

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  17. mjw21a

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    Haha, just need some in the bathroom and in the shower shots now.... Audio porn! :p

    While I was handling it some of the paint caught and peeled off..... So definitely going to sand it back and re-paint ;)

    Yes, its a common term with IT goods sold outside fo their intended market too
     
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  18. AudioSoul

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    Years ago I had a Denon DL30 DD TT. I thought it was quite a step up from the basic Yamaha TT I owned. I started reading about suspended turntables and that many felt were superior to DD TT's. I found an original AR XA TT for $100 bucks. I purchased it and did a comperason of the two. They both had the same cartridge going through the same system. I was blown away at how much difference there was between the two. With the AR there was air around the musicians, the soundstage wasn't flat, it had front to back depth. Over the years I have had quite a few different TT's both DD and suspended. This effect has always been the case between the two. I have now just purchased a Thorens TD-124 and a Fidelity Research FR-54 arm to mount to it. So I will have another drive system to try.....
     
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  19. fiddlefye

    fiddlefye AK Subscriber Subscriber

    That should be a really nice pairing. My FR-24 is going to be mated with a TD-125 before long.
     
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  20. bob smog

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    Here's a teaser. Did a mock-up this weekend. Look for a new thread in Winter 2017.

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