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Tiger Paw 'Tranquility' - Installation and Review

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A few days ago a parcel arrived as expected...........inside was the Tiger Paw 'Tranquility' modification for the Linn Sondek LP12.

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Well packed and well finished!

A - Installation:-
Things needed.
Cotton Gloves
Thin nosed pliers
Small plastic bag
Bearing oil
Space
Calm state of mind

1. Put on stylus guard

2. Lock tonearm in place

3. Put on some gloves to avoid putting marks on the platter etc.

4. Remove outer platter.

5. Remove belt - noting orientation.

6. Remove inner platter slowly - avoid dripping oil everywhere - Use a small plastic bag to put over the spindle.

7. Fit lower part of tranquility over the bearing. Three cutouts on the 'foot' with the screw thread should line up with the bolts holding the bearing - twist gently and it will eventually seat.

8. Fit upper part on the inner platter - the large 'O' ring fits against the platter.

Here are both part installed.

Inner platter part:-
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Bearing part:-
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B - Adjusting the bearing part for maximum magnetic force which is vital for the best SQ:-

IMPORTANT - Fit inner platter gently and let it settle into the housing gently - do not drop it in or force it..
IMPORTANT - Turn bearing part ONE TURN only when adjusting.
IMPORTANT - Cover bearing housing when no inner platter is in-place - we don't want any dust to get in
IMPORTANT - Always check that the spindle on the inner platter has not picked up any 'debris' before fitting - wipe with lint free cloth if it has.

1. Refit the inner and outer platters.

2. Spin the platter - listen for any 'scraping' noises - if you do go to step 5.

3. If there are none - remove both platters - take off the bottom part and using some pliers loosen the silver locking ring - unscrew the top part by holding the foot and truing the magnets part anticlockwise 1 turn. What you are doing is moving the bottom part further up the foot and closer to the part in the inner platter.

4. Repeat steps 1 - 3 until you hear the 'scraping' noise.

5. When you hear the scraping noise remove the patters remove the bearing part and turn the top part clockwise 1 turn. Use the pliers to tighten the lockout - gently, doesn't need to be 'Linn tight'!!!

6. Refit the bearing part and both platters - there should be no scraping! If there is repeat step 5.

7. Remove both platters and put a couple of drops of oil into the bearing housing and refit inner platter.

8. Refit belt.

9. Refit outer platter.

10. Be amazed!

SQ review.

Having recently recorded a track at 24/48 I recorded the same track but with the Tranquility fitted.

No Tranquility fitted:-
https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aq3wnXTamss2hOhX-lYeh-IoOuF73Q

Tranquility fitted:-
https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aq3wnXTamss2hOhYM0csCM1NEGsZoA

Also I recorded the run out track on the same album both with and without Tranquility

No tranquility:-
https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aq3wnXTamss2hOg8FdE-ZGO0vA9K3w

Tranquility fitted:-
https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aq3wnXTamss2hOg7WYHFlsVPYNUWfw


So what do I think? Lets get it out there. It's a huge improvement. There is nothing it does not improve and yet it still retains the LP12s ability to pass the tunedem test - and then some!
If you listen to the recording in the first few bars notice the Stevie's vocals have more vibrato in them and the hi-hat sound has more shimmer.
As you get to the chorus the multi vocals are easier to follow with Stevie on the left and Christine on the right.
It's the ability to allow the very finest details and timbre be hear when things get busy that really impresses! It's like the dynamic range has been improved and the noise floor lowered - I guess they are related!
On DCD 'Oman' I have heard parts of the rhythm I have not previously noted. The tympani drums at the end are much more defined with more timbre and its early to hear the skin being struck.
Basically it makes the music easier to follow and you can zone in on little details and follow them all the way through, they don't get lost as the volume increases.
I thank the improvement is on a par with the magnitude that the RadiKal brought to my deck and in many ways the improvements are very similar.
For £400 - bargain!
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Re: Tiger Paw 'Tranquility' - Installation and Review

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Thanks for taking the time to write this up Andrew and I am enormously relieved that you like the Tranquility - I admit I was nervous that you may not like it as we don't always agree on such matters :).

Those needle-drops are interesting too - I would say the differences are really clear!

Some people have reported that the slightly greater weight of the Tranquility means that a small adjustment has to be made to the suspension - did you find this?
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I did not adjust the suspension as it had no visible effect I could see.

Suspension worked exactly the same as before.
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OK, excellent. I suspect it is down to how old the springs are (they definitely lose a bit of 'spring' as they get older), or arm mass. The add d weight of the Tranquility really isn't very much and it's mass being centred on the centre of the record means it should have minimal impact on the suspension.
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That some cracking motor hum coming through on that run out sample without the tranquility.
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I did worry at first that is was from my deck...............it's on the vinyl.

Notice at first its not there and then starts instantly
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Why is the longer tranquility sample twice the file size of the none tranquility file, despite being the same sample apparent rate and duration? I suspect an error in your methodology.


Ah, found it, it's saved as 32 bit float, the other 16 bit.

When you plot the spectrum there's a mild reduction in output under 200hz with the tranquility, as you'd expect with reduced contact pressure.
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Hmm, I though I'd exported them both as 24 bit 48K!

Still the SQ difference is very apparent and that's not to do with bit depth!
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Files links changed, both 72MB

Both exported at 24bit 48K from the original recordings.
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Re: Tiger Paw 'Tranquility' - Installation and Review

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Glad you're enjoying it Andrew, really appreciate you taking the time to post your thoughts - and of course doing the recordings.

I get a real kick out of extracting more from vinyl, and particularly when others can enjoy it as well.

As Mark has probably explained (and of course you've both had experience of bringing designs to life) it's never as simple as it looks. My thanks to Mark for his considerable input, and glad we got there in the end!!

Onwards :-)
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