VPI SUPER SCOUTMASTER WITH JMW 9 SIGNATURE ARM
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"[The VPI Super Scoutmaster Signature] In many aspects of its performance, it
exceeds the best sound in tables available a decade or so ago... It has a
wonderfully musical authenticity and many analog lovers probably aren't going to
feel the need to spend more for diminishing returns." - Harry Pearson,
February 2006 The Absolute Sound Magazine.
"We just fired one of these babies up today and we were all totally blown away by the sound! This combo has unbelievable Bass and Sound Staging and was smooth and liquid right out of the box!" - Bob Bantz/President Elusive Disc, Inc
The Super Scoutmaster uses the most accurate motor drive in the business, the
HR-X system. The massive flywheel and dual motor drive controlled by the
revolutionary SDS power supply gives the smoothest rotation in the business. You
can almost say that if your expensive table doesn't have a flywheel driving it,
why is it so expensive?
The finishing touches are the specially designed, totally non resonant laminated
chassis and the periphery ring clamp. The ring clamp lowers warp induced speed
variations to near zero making the combination of HR-X flywheel drive and
perfectly level record sound like a master tape.
Before you purchase any expensive table you must compare the facts. Does it have
a flywheel drive? Does it have a warp flattening system? Does it have an
inverted bearing running on a silent Teflon surface? Does the speed control come
from a state of he art power supply? The VPI Super Scoutmaster has all of this
The Super Scoutmaster combines key features from several of VPI's most
successful tables. It uses the Aries 2/HRX black platter and inverted bearing, HRX
periphery ring clamp and center weight, SDS Speed Controller, HRX-dual motor
flywheel assembly with a new 300-rpm motor, and the dual Scoutmaster chassis
with a steel center. The Super Scoutmaster also comes with the JMW-9 Signature tonearm
installed. The table stands 22" by 14" by 5 3/4" and weighs 60 pounds more than
the Scout. Total weight is 97 pounds.
For improved stability and damping, the Super Scoutmasters's chassis is made
from two 1 1/8" thick MDF sandwiched between a 12 gauge steel plate giving a
more rigid, non-resonant plinth. The HRX black platter is 1 7/8" thick of finely
machined Acrylic and has a larger diameter than all previous VPI platters. This
improves speed stability and allows for the use of the New HRX Stainless Steel
Outer Periphery Ring Record Clamp.
The the HRX-dual motor flywheel assembly with new 300-rpm motor (lower resonant
frequency, only 5Hz!) is contained in a separate steel housing and drives the
platter via an Aries belt, speeds are 33 and 45 standard, 78 is optional. This
combination gives quiet, yet stable running with accurate speed.
The SDS breaks new ground in clean accurate power delivery using advanced
computer digital technology and quartz crystal accuracy. The ability to adjust
voltage and frequency being fed into a turntable motor was considered paramount
in the design of the SDS. Both functions are adjustable from the front panel and
results are shown in large, easy to read L.E.D. displays.
The Signature version of the JMW-9 features a stainless steel bearing assembly, fine tracking force adjustment on the counterweight stem, Nordost Valhalla wiring. It has 2.5 grams more effective mass for lighter cartridges of low compliance, a larger more solid design, variable pivot fluid damping, and mechanical anti-skate control.
See Harry Pearson's rave review in the Dec/Jan 2005 issue of The Absolute Sound.
"Now here is a surprise. This, the third generation of Harry Weisfeld's
"Scout" series, borders on greatness! In its first form, it was certainly the
best buy among American LP playback devices. And if you consider what you will
get for extra money in this hot-rod version, the "Super" makes a fine long term
investment!" - Absolute Sound Editor's Choice Award Winner, Issue 150
1 7/8" thick black acrylic HRX platter
HRX Periphery Ring Clamp and Center Weight
SDS Speed Controller
2 1/4" thick MDF/Steel center ScoutMaster double chassis
HRX-dual motor flywheel assembly with new 300-rpm motor
Beautiful black satin finish
Dimensions: 22" by 14" by 5 3/4"