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Turntable clamps / stabilizers - do they do anything?

As the title suggests, any thoughts about the effect of adding a turntable clamp or center weight to a turntable setup?

Any difference between various ones available?
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It can help the system track warped records.
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I was very fond of the Mission sorbathane mat with an AT clamp on my modified Thorens, Grace cartridge. Subjectively, it seemed cleaner. This is attributed to damping micro-phonics, but I had no ability to objectively measure. Be careful of weight, as it could effect the bearings and speed stability.
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As the title suggests, any thoughts about the effect of adding a turntable clamp or center weight to a turntable setup?

Any difference between various ones available?


Bad idea in most cases.

Adding a weight may damage the spindle bearing as it is not designed for the extra weight.

A clamp is a good idea, but should not add much weight.

The best thing is to get a turntable that has a screw-down clamp and a threaded spindle as part of its design.

The JA Mitchell clamp for $59 at Needle Doctor is one that could be used on most turntables with no problems.

Without any weight or clamp, the record is often not firmly in contact with the platter, and this makes for serious acoustic problems.
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