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The Tiger Paw Tranquility

Posted by Phil Mulvaney March 28th, 2017

Tiger Paw Tranquility, a device that significantly lowers the force acting upon the main bearing of the LP12, which in turn reduces friction and noise. Hence the sound quality improves!

The LP12 has a significant mass acting upon its main bearing as the inner and outer platters weigh close to 3.7Kg! All this is supported on a tiny contact area between the end of the spindle shaft and the mirror polished base of the bearing well. This, I am told, translates to several tons of pressure per square inch at the point of contact! What the Tranquillity does, is to reduce the effective mass acting at this point of contact by just over 90%.

Fitting of the Tranquility is normally an easy process. One just removes the inner platter avoiding loss of oil and very importantly avoiding any contamination to the wet, sticky, oily surface of the spindle shaft. The two opposing discs just locate easily in to place with the black surfaces facing together for magnetic repulsion. The lower disc lowers over the bearing well and rests against the sub-chassis, it is a snug fit. The upper disc is held against the inner platter by an O ring and it just pushes into place against the sub-platter. One can then carefully lower the sub-platter back into place and into the bearing well. Any oil lost must be replaced.

The effects of the tranquillity can be seen immediately as if the outer platter is spun without the belt and so not driving the motor, it just spins and spins and spins! For much longer than a non-Tranquility LP12.

Of course all we are really interested in is the sound quality and the Tranquillity certainly delivers on this. You will experience a new level of musicality, overall integration and clarity of the sound. One is also able to place individuals or instruments better too, but the big thing is that boogie factor which comes across so much, just taking you deeper into the music. The Tiger Paw Tranquility is just £399.00 including VAT.

A really clever, innovative and inexpensive upgrade for your LP12 available for demonstration and fitting here at Cymbiosis.

Phil Mulvaney

Phil has been involved in electronics retail for most of his life and has been a member of the Cymbiosis team since 1990. Phil specialises in digital streaming and networking solutions and is also one of the Cymbiosis webmasters.

One comment on this post

  1. Stu. says:

    Phil, Nice description write up.😎👍👌

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