unpacking the box

unpacking the box
SuperScoutmaster
JMW-9 Signature Tonearm
Setup and Instruction Manual
VPI Industries, Inc., 77 Cliffwood Ave. #3B, Cliffwood, NJ 07721
phone: 732-583-6895 fax: 732-946-8578
http://www.vpiindustries.com
Table of Contents
Important: Read Before Proceeding! ................................................................... 1
Safety Instructions ........................................................................................... 1
Introduction .................................................................................................... 2
Minimum Specifications .................................................................................. 2
Product Specifications .................................................................................... 2
Unpacking the Box ........................................................................................... 3
Setting up the SSM .......................................................................................... 4
Installing and Aligning the Cartridge ................................................................... 5
Setting the Anti-Skating .................................................................................... 6
Setting the Tracking Force and Tonearm Height ................................................... 6
Setting the Azimuth .......................................................................................... 7
Playing Records ............................................................................................... 7
General Use..................................................................................................... 7
Additional Items Available from Your Dealer ........................................................ 7
VPI Industries, Inc. Limited Warranty ................................................................. 8
Important: Read Before Proceeding!
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Read and follow the Safety Instructions below.
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Save all packing materials. The SSM should only be moved or shipped in its original
packaging to reduce the risk of damage in transit.
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The SSM must be placed on a flat, level surface. This will make setup easy, provide
better sound quality, and put less strain on the main bearing.
Safety Instructions
Follow the instructions below to reduce risk of electrical
hazard or injury.
1. To avoid electrical shock, do not open the motor housing.
2. If the power cord provided with the SSM does not reach an outlet, use a heavy-duty,
grounded extension cord.
3. To avoid electrical shock, always plug the SSM into a grounded outlet.
4. Do not expose the SSM to rain or excessive moisture.
5. Do not touch the male pivot point of the tonearm assembly. It is extremely sharp.
Follow the instructions below to avoid damage to the
Scoutmaster.
1. Do not leave the SSM running unattended.
2. Use the SSM in a well-ventilated area.
3. Place the SSM on a firm surface to allow proper ventilation to occur.
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Introduction
The SSM turntable is a precision instrument. It has been thoroughly tested and run for at
least 4 hours. The speed accuracy, wow, flutter, and rumble have been checked, and this
unit meets all of our specifications.
Minimum Specifications
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Wow and flutter  Less than .01%.
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Rumble  Greater than 85db down.
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Speed accuracy  Within .05%.
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Total weight  90 + pounds.
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Platter runout  +/- .001 inch.
Product Specifications
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Dual 300 RPM AC synchronous drive motors and 14 pound flywheel.
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Drive belts custom-made for VPI from a single piece of Nitrile.
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Aluminum cone feet with stainless steel ball bearings on the bottoms.
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Solid acrylic platter with bronze bushings and Teflon thrust surface.
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Platter sits on 60 Rockwell-hardened shaft and chrome-hardened ball bearing.
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Unpacking the Box
The turntable and tonearm are packed very carefully in box A to avoid damage during
shipping. It is important that you save the packing materials and box to use for shipping or
moving the SSM.
1. Remove the cardboard.
2. Set aside the bag containing the drive belt.
Complete and return the warranty card. The warranty
does not take effect until the warranty card is returned.
3. Remove and set aside the items in the next layer:
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JMW Memorial Alignment Jig.
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Record weight.
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Power cord.
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Bag containing screwdrivers and screws for mounting the cartridge.
4. Remove the pieces of foam covering the tonearm, then carefully remove the tonearm
and set it down in a safe place. Use caution with the tonearm’s delicate wires and Lemo
connector.
5. Remove the foam pieces that surround the chassis. Lift one side of the turntable chassis,
slide off the plastic bag, then do the same with the other side of the chassis.
6. Remove the turntable chassis from the box.
7. Open Box B and remove the platter, motor-flywheel assembly, flywheel, and ring clamp.
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Setting up the SuperScoutmaster
The SSM chassis must be placed on a flat, level surface. This will make setup easy, provide
better sound quality, and put less strain on the main bearing.
1. Place the turntable chassis on the shelf or stand where it will be used. The better
isolation you provide the SSM, the better it will sound
2. Remove the tape from the spindle hole on the turntable platter and place the platter on
the spindle. The platter bearing is lubricated; no additional lubrication is needed for at
least one year.
3. Connect the power cord to the motor, then place the motor, with the power cord on the
left of the chassis. The motor should be separated approximately .500 inch from the left
side of the turntable chassis.
4. Remove the tape from the flywheel bearing and place it on the shaft between the two
motors. Place one drive belt on each motor and then on the flywheel. A picture is
available below.
5. Place the two drive belts around the platter and around the pulley on the flywheel. The
belt does not have to be level on the platter. It will self-level when the platter starts
rotating.
6. To determine the precise speed use the supplied strobe disc and Synchronous Drive
System speed controller. This provides the ultimate speed accuracy and best sound.
Follow the directions that came with the SDS to fine-tune the speed.
6. Verify the turntable is level by using a 9- or 12-inch bubble level front-to-back and
side-to-side on the platter. If it is not level, rotate the aluminum cone feet up or down.
If you must turn the Scoutmaster feet more than three full turns, level the shelf or
platform the table sits on first.
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Installing and Aligning the Cartridge
1. Remove the protective cover from the male pivot point on the arm base assembly.
To avoid injury, do not touch the male pivot point. It is
extremely sharp. In addition, skin oils can blemish and
cause corrosion to the assembly.
2. Place the JMW Signature Memorial Tonearm on its side on a foam pad.
3. For cartridges with threaded mounting holes, use the screws supplied by the cartridge
manufacturer. Other screws may not fit properly and may cause damage to the threads
and cartridge.
To avoid damage to the tonearm, use one of the washers supplied by VPI under the
screw heads.
4. For cartridges with pass-through mounting holes, use the hardware supplied with the
tonearm. Be sure to use washers under the screw heads.
5. The tonearm wires are color-coded as follows:
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Red  right hot.
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Green  right ground.
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White  left hot.
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Blue  left ground.
If your phono section inverts phase, the hot color becomes the ground color.
6. Using tweezers or fine-tipped pliers, grip the center of the red wire’s connector  not
the wire itself  and push it onto the cartridge’s right hot terminal pin. Connect the
remaining connectors in the same way.
To avoid damage to the cartridge, do not push the connectors all the way on.
7. Adjust the tonearm counterweight halfway back on its mounting to reduce the amount
of down force on the cartridge.
8. Place the JMW Memorial Tonearm Alignment Jig on the spindle with the narrow end next
to the pivot point. Tighten the screws of the jig so it fits snugly against the male bearing
shaft
9. Place the arm tube assembly on the lower pivot point, using caution with the 4-color
wire and Lemo connector. Set the arm in its rest.
10. If the cartridge has a guard, remove it.
11. Line up the red dot on the Lemo connector with the red dot on the receptacle on the
junction box. The Lemo connector can plug in only one way and should not be forced.
12. Swing the tonearm over the jig so the stylus is as close as possible to the dot in the
center of the grid. Set the counterweight for enough downward force to keep the stylus
from moving when resting on the jig.
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13. Look down at the cartridge and align it between the lines of the grid. Be careful to align
the cartridge and not the tonearm headshell.
14. Adjust the cartridge mounting screws and the counterweight as needed until the
cartridge is centered between the grid lines and the stylus is resting on the dot of the
grid.
15. When the cartridge is properly positioned, tighten the cartridge mounting screws and
remove the alignment jig.
Setting the Anti-Skating – Two Solutions
Anti-skating is one of the least understood forces acting on a tonearm. Skating force is
created by friction between the stylus and the record, causing a force vector in a direction
towards the center of the record when the headshell of the tonearm has an offset angle.
Putting a stylus down on a flat, groove less record will cause the arm to move toward the
center of the record. Arm manufacturers have tried to compensate for this force, but that is
impossible because the force is constantly changing as the music and velocity change.
VPI has conducted careful listening tests and determined that every tonearm we tried
sounded better with its mechanical anti-skating disabled and the tracking force very slightly
increased..
VPI has a unique solution to anti-skating: the coiled wire of the JMW Memorial Tonearm acts
as a spring and pushes the arm back without affecting the sound quality. You now have the
option of installing a mechanical anti-skate for those that want it.
1. Adjust the counterweight so there is no down force on the cartridge.
2. Swing the tonearm toward the spindle and release it. The arm should swing out toward
the outer edge of the turntable.
If you try adjusting the anti-skate with a groove less
record, you will ruin the twist in the tonearm wire and
void your warranty. Do this with the mechanical antiskate if you want that much anti-skate.
3. If additional anti-skate is needed you can go to the mechanical anti-skate supplied but
not installed.
Setting the Tracking Force and Tonearm Height
Tracking force is adjusted by moving the tonearm counterweight forward and back on its
shaft. If your cartridge is heavy and the counterweight is all the way back, you can order a
heavier weight from your dealer.
The JMW Memorial Tonearm does not have a built-in tracking force gauge. We recommend
that you use the Shure Stylus Force Gauge or good digital gauge.
1. Place the Shure gauge on the platter with the notch against the spindle.
2. Follow the gauge instructions and set the tracking force according to the cartridge
manufacturer’s recommendation. We recommend always going to the high side of
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tracking force. High frequency vibrations on a light-tracking cartridge can cause more
damage to the grooves of a record than running a cartridge at a heavy setting.
3. To adjust the arm height, loosen the setscrews on the base of the arm assembly and
turn the adjustment wheel above the base. Put a record on the platter and a 5X7 lined
index card (bent in half on the middle line) on the record near the spindle. Use the lines
on the card as a starting point to adjust arm height. Make the arm tube parallel to the
lines on the card. When the arm is at the desired height, tighten the screws. You can
raise or lower the arm later for fine adjustments.
Setting the Azimuth
1. Set a fireplace match or coffee stirrer (something light and about 6” long) into the
groove behind the mounting screws on the tonearm headshell.
2. If it is not level, use the supplied Allen wrench to loosen the setscrew on the
counterweight and rotate the counterweight around the shaft until the headshell is
parallel to the record. Be careful not to change the tracking force setting.
Playing Records
Before playing a record, make sure that all of the tonearm screws are tight.
1. Place the record on the platter then the record center weight. Carefully place the
periphery ring clamp down on the record keeping the clamp as level as possible. This
gives you the benefits of a vacuum without the problems or complications. Always turn
off the turntable before installing the periphery ring clamp.
2. Press the power button on the motor. Sit down and enjoy listening to your records!
General Use
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The Signature version of the JMW-9 has the ability to use damping fluid around the
pivot. Use this option sparingly and only if needed.
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When changing the speed of the turntable simple push the speed button on the SDS.
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Allow at least 20 hours of break-in time.
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The motors will make some low-level noise. This will not get into the system. The motor
and bearings will become quieter as you use your SSM.
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If you notice hum in the system, remove your interconnects and replace them with very
cheap, standard VCR interconnects. These are well shielded and should eliminate the
hum. If the hum goes away, get quality, well shielded interconnects.
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After at least one year of use, the platter bearing and motor will need to be lubricated.
For the platter and flywheel bearing, use 1/4 teaspoon of white lithium grease placed on
the ball. For the motor, use 1 drop of 40-weight motor oil below the brass piece.
Additional Items Available from Your Dealer
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The TNT stand and HR-X top plate for the stand are available and give the best possible
sound from your SuperScoutmaster Signature. Check the website Gallery for pictures.
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VPI Industries, Inc. Limited Warranty
VPI Industries, Inc. (VPI) warrants this unit against defects in materials and/or
workmanship for three (3) years from the date of purchase by the original retail purchaser.
VPI’s sole obligation under this warranty is limited to the repair or replacement, at VPI’s
option, of any part(s) found to be defective. VPI’s obligation to repair or replace defective
parts is the purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy, and VPI shall not be liable for any direct
or indirect injury and/or property damage arising out of the use of the product or defect in
or failure of the product.
This warranty does not extend to any unit whose serial number has been defaced or altered.
Any product that VPI determines causes a defect or malfunction due to incorrect installation,
modification, misuse, or servicing by the purchaser, or service technician not authorized by
VPI to perform such service will not be warranted. This warranty does not cover trivial or
cosmetic defects that do not impair the unit’s normal function.
VPI reserves the right to make changes in this product without assuming any obligation to
install such change in any product previously manufactured. This warranty to repair or
replace defective parts is in lieu of all other express or implied warranties of merchantability
or fitness for a particular purpose. There are not warranties that extend beyond the
description herein.
Some states do not allow exclusion of implied warranties or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, so the above exclusion or limitations may not apply to you. This
warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that vary from
state to state.
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