Strictly Idler - drive that is!

Why do they sound so good?

New GL55

I decided to try another GL55, so here it is as delivered.  Checked out the bearing and the motor, installed a metal idler wheel, and a Shure M55e in the cartridge slide.  The vtf spring was adjusted until the arm floated, then vtf was set using a weight on the headshell.  This first test was just to check the arm wiring, but from the first note it was obvious I had hit on a great combination.  Quiet background and explosive transients meant that Dire Straits sounded very good.  :) 

Examination

Below Decks

Dismantling and Cleanup

Motor

More than meets the eye!

Reassembly

Testing