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Herbie's Audio Lab is a world leader in micro-vibration and microphonics control for home audio and video electronics. Today's electronic components have potential to deliver amazingly accurate and life-like audio reproduction. Unfortunately, micro-vibrations interfere with this potential, introducing distortion, grunge, glare, fuzziness, loss of focus, and untrue frequency response. By controlling micro-vibrations and microphonics, Herbie's Audio Lab products help your audio and video gear achieve their true potential, rendering a more natural and dynamic result that's more faithful to the originally recorded event. Click a link or picture from the menu bar above to begin exploring our highly acclaimed line of products.

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-Comments-

Name: Rusty
Message: What do you recommend as damping ring for my tonearm?
1 at base and 1 1/3 up from cartridge? What kind is. Est. metal one or the plastic one. ? (Damping ring).

Webmaster's reply: Best placement of a damping instrument on the tonearm is best determined by trial and audition (you must re-adjust stylus pressure with each change of position on the tonearm). By default, about 1/3 of the length of the tonearm away from the headshell is a good place to start and most often an excellent location. Titanium and PTFE dampers are equivalently excellent. Titanium has the advantage of lighter weight, whereas PTFE has the advantage of flexibility to allow lateral placement without needing to removing the headshell.
Name: rusty
Message: what do you recommend for my technics sl1200? :

platter mat?
tonearm damper ring?

best!,
Rusty

Herbie's Audio Lab recommends a 285mm-diameter Way Excellent II-4mm Turntable Mat.
Name: Mike B.
Message: Steve: Yesterday, I installed the UltraSonic SS-7s to 'dampen' two CV4058 Mullard tubes in my C-J PV15. I honestly did not know what to expect, being inherently skeptical about 'tweaks' and the hype that precedes them. C-J had provided me with tube rings, silicone I believe, when I did their C1 upgrade to the PV15. I employed two of them per tube. But right from the initial note, I could hear change that was quite astonishing, and that on tubes near the end of their life. The improvements are in sound stage, detail, clarity and overall presence, most surprisingly to me was the bass deepened, like by a lot.

I use Ohm Walsh 3 speakers with their latest S3.300 drivers; what came our of them never sounded better. The music I heard sounded really life-like from a system that I have come to expect to sound life-like. Everything just became a bit more engaging and fun to listen to. Really, I can't believe I got all of that for less than $40!

So thank you, Steve. Now I need to dig around the rest of your product catalog.
Name: Steve Stone
Message: Hi Steve -

Is there a way to lightly clean the Way Excellent II mat? I noticed some stray dust and fibers had made their way onto the mat. So far, it doesn't seem to impact performance so I'm inclined to leave it alone unless there is a method that you recommend. Thanks.

Webmaster's reply: The easiest way is to just dab the mat gently with a wide piece of masking tape. Here's a copy/paste from the information sheet that came with the mat: "To clean the mat, just dab the surface gently from time to time with a piece of masking tape to pick up any lint or dust. The mat can also be wiped gently with a paper towel or cloth lightly moistened with water, denatured or isopropyl alcohol, anti-static spray, or window cleaner."
Name: Robert Barnes nz
Message: Have a thorens 160TD and looking at your mats what do you recommend ? Also does this improve the sound even if you don't have a macking set up? ie top of the line needle and amp?? Cheers

Webmaster's reply: Hi, Robert. For Thorens TD 160, I recommend a full-size Way Excellent II-3mm Turntable Mat with 40mm center hole. If you never use the pop-up 45 adapter, a standard center hole works just as well (center hole option is chosen from the Shopping Cart drop-down menu). Upgrading a Thorens TD 160 to a Way Excellent II turntable mat is always a sonic improvement, bringing out more of the inherent potential of the turntable, regardless of your set-up, cartridge, needle, amp, or other system variables.
Name: Martin D.
Message: Thank you mucho for the assistance I received over the phone and your fast response to filling my order. Kudos to Herbie's Audio Lab for such excellent customer service!

Name: Marguerite
Message: Hi there,
We have an old Philips Stabilotone radio and record player 1950ish. I've tried to find an identical model, it looks like it might be a version of B8X72A. Looking for someone in Victoria BC Canada that might be interested in it. It worked fine when we stored it in our basement years ago..a little nervous turning it on now, in case it might do damage...I'm obviously not a radio buff. I have good photographs of the radio.
Name: David
Message: Can anyone tell me if there is a remote to the Sanyo Stereo Amplifier JA V6-150. I inherited a great system but no remote. help please

David

Webmaster's reply: Sure, David; that's easy to find. Just Google.
Name: Pat M.
Message: Hi Steve,

My entire system is outfitted with Tenderfeet and Iso-Cups under all my components.

4 Brass Cone/Spike Decoupling Gliders arrived today and went under the rack, they're beautiful!

The sound is dead quiet and musically involving in all parameters.

Thanks so much for your time and great service.

Regards,

Pat
Name: Rob Burns
Message: I am probably the most skeptical person on this, and possibly any other planet. However, my new EL84 power tube was getting beaten to death in my Epiphone Valve Junior, and the tube rattle was unacceptable. Not sure what else to do, I decided to take a chance on the Guitar Amp UltraSonic 9. What could I lose with the satisfaction guarantee? After a week of use, I am amazed thus far with the results. I no longer detect any tube rattle, and between the new JJ's power tube and the UltraSonic 9, the amp sounds much cleaner and more articulate. Very pleased.
Name: Adam Moon
Message: Tenderfeet are an amazing product. Instantly my soundstage cleared up and there was better definition in all aspects. What I thought was a quiet system setup got even quieter with the addition of FAT dots to the speakers. You gave me back the enjoyment of my records again!
Name: Walter O.
Message: Steve, thank you. I have a McIntosh MDA-1000 DAC and removed the original feet and put the "Big Tall Tenderfoot" (from a previous order) under it. The difference is quite remarkable and unmistakable. There is a clarity and detail in the system now that I hadn't imagined. So I'm very impressed.
Walt
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