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2004 Hi Fi Product of the Year, 2004 Stereophile Magazine Runner-up Analog Product of the Year & 2004 Positive Feedback Online Product of the Year!
VPI has never made a more musical and involving turntable at such a bargain price. Consider the Scoutmaster a Scout with a shot of testosterone for a more complete musical experience.
The Scoutmaster combines key features from several of VPI's most successful tables. It uses the Aries 2/HRX platter and inverted bearing, the Black Knight solid aluminum motor assembly with new fused IEC socket with new 300-rpm motor, and a dual Scout chassis with a steel center. The Scoutmaster also comes with the JMW-9 tonearm installed. The table stands 19" by 14" by 5 3/4" and weighs 48 pounds! That's 15 pounds more than the Scout!
For improved stability and damping, the Scoutmaster's chassis is made from two 1 1/8" thick MDF sandwiched between a 12 gauge steel plate giving a more rigid, non-resonant plinth. The HRX platter is 1 7/8" thick of finely machined Acrylic and has a larger diameter than all previous VPI platters. This improves speed stability and allows for the use of the New HRX Stainless Steel Outer Periphery Ring Record Clamp.
The Black Knight solid aluminum motor assembly with a new fused IEC socket with new 300-rpm motor is contained in a separate steel housing and drives the platter via an Aries belt, speeds are 33 and 45 standard, 78 is optional. This combination gives quiet, yet stable running with accurate speed.
The JMW-9 tonearm is the perfect complement to the new ScoutMaster., offering all of the advantages of a unipivot tonearm at a bargain price. The arm has a low friction bearing mounted on a solid stainless steel rod with markings to set VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle). As with the more expensive JMW-10 and JMW-12 arms, the tonearm assembly of the JMW-9 can be removed and replaced in seconds, allowing instant cartridge changes with multiple arm wands. An RCA junction box allows any RCA-terminated interconnects to be used.
"VPI's Scoutmaster turntable is in every way, shape and form, simply a stunning accomplishment. Don't be fooled by the 'table's diminutive 19 x 14-inch footprint. Don't be fooled by its lack of bells and whistles. Don't be fooled by its price. This muscular and compact 48 lb. package is a heavyweight contender in every sense of the word. The Scoutmaster could be the ultimate - and even last turntablefor many analog music lovers." - Myles Astor, Positive Feedback Click Here to read the entire review!
1 7/8" thick acrylic platter
2 1/4" thick MDF/Steel center chassis
Solid aluminum motor assembly with 300-rpm motor in isolated steel housing
Beautiful black satin finish