Provides exceptional synergy with matless acrylic-platter turntables like vintage acrylic-platter VPI Scout that are designed to couple the record to an acrylic platter with a clamp. Although manufacturers generally recommend these turntables be used without a mat, our customers have found the grungebuster Turntable Mat brings out significant sonic improvements, oftentimes without a need for the clamp. Also a superior upgrade for Rega P9 ceramic-platter turntables.
Comparative testing with various types of turntables have shown that Herbie's hand-made, super-fidelity grungebuster mat is as sonically natural as the highly acclaimed Way Excellent II Turntable Mat, as quick as Boston Audio's graphite mat, as responsive as Mystic Mat – ascending to a new plateau of analog musical playback, unsurpassed by anything else.
Comprised of a full-size circle of Herbie's grungebuster isolation material. Textured surface grips records yet allows records to lift right off. With drastic reduction of micro-vibrations, with the vinyl held virtually "motionless" in its rotation, with lateral slippage nonexistent, your records will achieve a new level of superior playback. Can be used with or without a record clamp or weight.
Overall mat thickness: 1.6mm; diameter: 11.6" (29.5 cm); weight: 135 grams (4.75 oz.).
grungebuster Turntable Mat: Recommended for VPI and other "matless" acrylic-platter turntables, and Rega P9 ceramic platter (works very well with Rega P7 and RP10, also).
Although a bit pricey this mat fits perfectly and provides excellent sound. The stock wool mat also sounds very good, but I'd encountered too many static cling issues for this to be a viable option. The Grungebuster looks and sounds great. Would recommend to other RP10 owners. Kurt
The service and delivery from Herbie's was excellent. The mat looks very well made. My star rating is for this. Unfortunately it has turned out that the mat is not compatible with my J A Michell Orbe SE. The Orbe was designed to be used without a mat and with a clamp. In order to facilitate the clamping the specially designed nut which holds the platter to the bearing protrudes above the platter surface slightly. I had not noticed this before. This, plus a removable ring, forms a dome against which the record is flexed when clamped to push it into contact with the platter. When using the Grungbuster the record is placed even further above the platter by the nut height plus the thickness of the mat. So this and the design of the clamp means that the record will not meet the mat's surface evenly or the mat itself be in contact with the underlying platter surface across its diameter. Without the clamp the record does not even touch the surface of the mat except towards the spindle due to the height of the nut. Using the platter without the nut means that it is liable to rocking so that is not a solution. A pity.
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