I'm the original owner of the classic VPI table and JMW Memorial 10"
tonearm. Very good condition. Comes with original everything except the
record clamp. Will include custom-made dustcover. Have the original boxes and packing but prefer local NY area sale.
The Aries 1 is extremely difficult to find. People who have one rarely
upgrade to a new table if they have the original platter. The later
models with the clear acrylic platter were not as good. This table has
the "Piano Black" finish which is beautiful with no swirls. Check the
pics to see the beautiful sheen. It comes with the original "Black"
platter, considered by some critics to be one of the finest Harry
Weisfeld ever built.
The Aries was the perfect choice for those looking for near-TNT
performance in an HW-19 sized package. The platter, comprised of an
acrylic/aluminum/lead sandwich, and the bearing, incorporating Rulon
bushings, a stainless steel shaft, and a tungsten carbide thrust plate.
This was the same as used in the TNT MK-IV. The motor assembly utilized
for the Aries is the same as that used in the TNT, and out bound dead
quite motor, but is 1" shorter and weighs 4 lbs less.
For improved stability and damping, the Aries' chassis is made from
two-inch thick MDF with a 10-gauge steel plate bonded to its underside.
Three layers of polished black polyester provide a durable, attractive
finish. The suspension is a combination of aluminum tiptoes and
Neoprene, providing slightly less isolation than springs but resulting
in greater focus and tighter bass. The bottoms of the tiptoes are
hardened steel balls.
The Aries circular arm-board was 1" thick black acrylic and mated well
sonically with the MDF chassis. Our VPI JMW 10 with VTA on the fly base
was sold as a standard option with the Aries 1.