Much like loudspeakers sounding looser, a TT will sound fuller because resonance affects every other piece of that component, even causing the needle in the cartridge to move further in its travel side to side, making the needle move in such a way that it adds taller wavelengths in the mid to low mids (where the arm board's natural resonant peak is), giving the listener the classic warmth they're accustomed to. Dampen those resonances and you make everything thing sound tighter because you removed the inaccuracies caused by consequences of mechanical design at a price point.
Agreed, (st risk of starting a hi-fi thread.
), but those movements are minute and vocals ARE cleaner with the latex. The deck is still relatively lightweight compared to the big hitters. My Roksan can sound relatively lean in the bass, but that may be because the deck is so open sounding and goes much higher with an arm and cartridge of that callibre, ie if you put it through a mixer and deleted the highs, the bass would be there. I think the Walker had deeper bass just with plain 3/4 in MDF, but detail resolution increased when l cut circular cells underneath and put various fillers in. Voices are amazingly clear with plaster filler. I could hear background sounds in the mix that were inaudible before, but that wears a bit thin if the bass is too muted.
Roksan replaced MDF as the arm board on it’s top end decks years ago. I forget what the material used now is called. Many other companies are also using composite acrylics, damped alloys, etc. As you say rubber can enhance bass, while cork cleans up treble. Roksan also offer fitting large solid brass weights into the TMS 3 chassis as an upgrade, which they claim increases the signal to noise ratio?
I tried this with the Walker, but my weights are still hollow. I plan to fill them with ball bearings or something. I may also copy Roksan’s kit and get some heavy brass weights milled for my Xerxes chassis.
Good news is that my old dealer now stocks Vertere Accoustics designed by Touraj the founder of
Roksan and he is a regular visitor. Hopefully l can pick his brains again someday.