First, I have to say the Pads are beautifully made and the
rubber washers Pete has sent me are of the same material as
the rubber in the Pads, so the interface between acrylic and
the pads is kept exactly the same.
I've only had time for one LP (Jethro Tull - Stand up,
Steven Wilson's mix) and a couple more songs from other
different LPs (Kate Bush and Bjork) and my findings so far
- even more weight in sound. Like everything is even more
assured and impactful
- another increase in definition. Stuff like guitar string
vibrations and decay of instrument sounds even more defined
- connected to what I said first, but sound images seem even
- I'm pretty sure that soundstage depth and height have
increased. The sound is really huge
My listening will go on, but I can already say that the Pads
are another great upgrade and I'd fully recommend it to
anyone who's decided to try to max their Gyrodec. In fact, I
think that Pylons and Pads should become a default
suspension for Michell decks. I don't know if this makes
sense, but I view Pylons and Pads as a whole, now that I've
disassembled everything again and seen how everything is
connected when it comes to the Gyrodec suspension.
Also, for reference, my Gyrodec sits on top of steel
frame rack that's welded as a one rigid piece and this rack
is coupled via spiked ends of its feet to parquet that is
glued to the concrete floor. Zvonimir K. in Croatia
After previously hearing the pads with a
wobbly turntable, this time around I got all the
benefits of before, but better. Information retrieval is
up, and the soundstage is better defined, with more back
and front definition and separation from the speakers.
noticed that one recipient spoke about previously good
recordings not sounding so good. I've not experienced
that, but I do notice more of a range in the quality of
a singer throughout an album.
might sound a little odd, but what I am finding is that
I'm either getting slightly more gain (with less
vibrations, is the cartrid.ge
better at extracting a strong signal?), or with a
clearer signal I need less amplification. When
installing the pylons, I think I had a similar
experience. Beyond question, the pads are an
improvement, and are keepers. At times I'm just thrilled
with listening, with toes tapping away. But at times a
bit of audiophile nervosa creeps in. Is there a little
harshness in the singer's voice? And should it be there?
I'm aware of a long-standing debate within audio of
whether you want the most accurate reproduction, or the
most pleasant sounds.
have the modified armboard from TPA, using a TechnoArm
A, and a Benz MicoGlider L2. Amplification is a
WhestTWO.2, and Sugden Master Class pre and power amps,
all connected in balanced mode with TCI Cobra
Interconnects. For speakers, I have a pair of Living
Voice Auditoriums. While the Technoarm might be the weak
link, in general I'm really enjoying the sound, and
don't expect to invest any more funds at this stage.
it came to fitting the feet, I did struggle a little
with what should be a routine process. I'm guessing the
thread kept rotating a little as I tried to screw in the
feet, and I didn't think carefully enough about how to
stop this, resorting to some brute force. Having spent a
while getting the pylons fitting well on a previous
occasion, I did not want to strip the deck to install
the pads. Now, I'd recommend that for those with an
unmodified Gyrodec, install the pads and pylons at the
same time. Richard S.
Well Iíve fitted Pete's Feet which was extremely straight
forward and had the additional positive side effect gained
from taking everything apart, giving it a quick clean and
putting it back together again. I didnít actually remove the
arm just checked my set up at the end, no
The sound? Early yet as only a few favourites spun so far,
all acoustic jazz, but I think increased
clarity/instrument separation with quite eerily silent
Iím using 3 stacked sds plates under the motor as I
preferred the Ďlookí to the Perspex which was supplied
and which is now under my bedside libratone zipp.
Will take photos at some point. Maybe the sds had an effect
sound wise, not sure as I made the decision on aesthetic
I now have Pete's Pylons and Feet but Gert's
armboard. What next I wonder for this amazing deck?
Had a couple of days with Pete's Pads and they are
beautifully made and an absolute doodle to install and
they look cool and match the Gyro good looks- now the
interesting bit of how they sound.....if you are
interested in them then just treat yourself to a set,
they are as good as the Pylons in my set up,
1. Detail is up by a large degree.
2. Sound is even more cohesive.
3. Control is even better- bass is firm and tight as a
4. Soundstage is deeper and very layered- some of the
imaging is spooky.
5. Noise floor is lowered considerably.
6. l cannot think of any downsides at all.
Sound in general improved in every area.
Like The Pylons before them, the Pads lift The Gyrodec
in to another league altogether, they are that good.
All views expressed are within the context of my room
and system, so all in all as you can see Pete/True Point
have come out with another winner. Tarzan.
"What these pads do I have found
is something a bit different -
but perhaps is more closely
aligned to the real meaning of
lowering the noise floor - in
that they reduce the point at
which micro details are lost
into a background mush.
Everything seems cleaner, more
in focus. Tiny details not
heard before emerge, but that
also affects the bigger picture
as every element and every note
becomes clearer and more
Reading through Tarzan's
list of improvements, I can't
help think that these describe
the results or the outcomes of
the clearer portrayal the TT is
now able to produce with the
pads in place.
I'm calling it now, this is
another winner from Pete. My
Gyro has never sounded better".