I'll leave this here for three days before I post it on Ebay and Audiogon.
I have two high end turntables, and I obviously only need one. The Mitch Cotter/FR66s combo won the shoot-out ( which surprised the hell out of me since I didn't think direct drive had a chance against good belt drive ), so the VPI combo goes up for sale. I just can't leave this sitting on a shelf not being used ( what a shame that would be ), so hopefully it will find a home because it is a very good analog front end.
Here's the deal.
I purchased this in the fall of 2000 from Music Direct. It consists of the Aries MkI, the JMW10 Arm, an acrylic two-piece dust cover, and the SDS motor controller. This is a VERY HIGH end analog front end, and is capable of incredible performance with the right cartridge( I used a Grado Statement with excellent results ). I still have the manuals, but I cannot locate the jig VPI uses to set up the cartridge and locate the arm ( it's available from VPI if you have to have it, but I used the Geodisc to very good effect). VPI uses a different geometry which I don't trust anyway, and the Geodisc is incredibly simple to use ( not included, get your own ).
I'll be listing this for $ 2500.00 on those sites, shipping to be covered by the buyer ( I can give you a very accurate quote if you need it ). I paid $ 2400 for the table, $ 1400 for the arm, $ 1000 for the SDS and another $ 240.00 for the dust cover for a total of $ 5040.00 for the lot, so I think this is a very good and fair price ( I, and others, believe this table is superior to the new Aries, as the new tables sport an acrylic platter, which a lot of folks don't like compared to this platter which is half acrylic/half steel) ( I've heard both and I agree, which is why I never upgraded ). (To my ears, the newer all acrlic platter has a hardness in the upper midrange). It's been very well cared for, and is in near mint condition both aesthetically and functionally. I'll forward pics to anyone interested.
Just to add a bit for Hawthorne and Decware forum users only, I'll take $ 150 off the top, so it comes to $ 2350.00 plus shipping for you guys only.In addition, I'll throw in a pr of 6n1p-ev, cryoed pr 6p15-ev, and a NOS Svetlana 5U4g black plate rectifiers ( circa 1960's ), which I consider to be an incredible tube set for the Decware stuff ( not so good for the Carina, oh well )
E-mail or PM if interested.
Cheers, Crazy Bill
P.S. I'll take another $ 25.00 off if you pick it up.