For your consideration, a 2014 SOTA Comet IV with the Pete Riggle VTAF
installed. (The original dealer receipt states Comet IV; the included instructions from
SOTA are for the Comet III.)
The VTAF device is a floating tonearm mount that provides true VTA
(vertical tracking angle) adjustments 'on the fly', i.e., while you are
playing an LP. It also produces marked improvement in analog playback.
Improved sound stage, imaging, space, air, nuance, inner detail, dynamics,
pace and rhythm, bass clarity, and musicality. This is above and beyond the VTA adjustment benefit. Raises performance of tone arms to the highest level. Smooth
and easy adjustment of VTA on the fly. Continuously variable VTA adjustment...
infinite resolution. Each full turn of the adjuster wheel results in only .025
inch (0.635mm) height change VTA is easy to measure, record, and reset. After VTAF installation, the arm can be removed from and restored to the turntable in just moments.
Easily remove tone arm for transport, for cartridge maintainance and cleaning, or for cartridge replacement.
This VTAF has the adjuster wheel for 3-point mount Rega tonearms. A
replacement adjuster wheel for post-mount Rega 'arms (and many other
standard post-mount tonearms) is listed for $42 on the VTAF.com price
Cleaned and re-lubed the bearing with the SOTA recommended Tufoil
lubricant. The belt is in good shape. The 'table spins smoothly and
The next to last pic shows scratches on the plinth near the VTAF installation.
The factory dust cover doesn't close with a 3-point mount 'arm, which
be due to the additional height above the VTAF adjuster screw for the
tapped mounting plate just to accommodate those 3 point arms. If you are
installing a post mount arm and purchase the appropriate adjuster wheel
from Pete, you shouldn't have that problem. If you are using the
3-point mount Rega tonearm, I will include a black quilted turntable
cover from digitaldeckdesigns.com at no additional cost.
The SOTA Comet is totally dependable, very good sounding and with the
VTAF, it will surprise you.
Less than -65db unweighted (10cm/sec @ 1000 Hz)
WOW & FLUTTER
Less than .1% RMS (DIN 45-507)
Two layers of 3/8" thick plexiglas sandwiching energy absorbing dampening materials, interface mat
Polished shaft on hardened chrome steel ball in TURCITE® spindle sleeve
33-1/3 and 45 RPM
26 lb (12 kg)
6-1/4" H (to top of dust cover), 18-1/4" W, 14-1/4 " D