Nottingham reviews in The absolute sound

default -- Fri, 02/13/2009 - 14:24

 I am seriously considering getting a Nottingham 294 to use with my Grado Reference cartridge but I had a few concerns after reading the review of the innerspace Jr. in this months issue. It seems as if it received a pretty bad review and was mostly faulted for it's odd quirks which the reviewer seemed to despise. My question is how could the 294 be recommended as one the "the best" in the same magazine that reviewed the innerspace as having features that are "inexcusably stupid"? It seems to me that the entire Nottingham line uses the same designs that Paul Seydor was ripping apart. Am I missing something?

Jack Durrett II (not verified) -- Sat, 02/14/2009 - 19:20

 I've had a 294 'table and arm for several months now and and have had none of the problems mentioned by Paul Seydor in reference to the Nottingham Interspace, Jr.  They are two entirely different models.  I couldn't be happier with the 294 (and a Dynavector 17D3).

fruff76 (not verified) -- Sat, 02/14/2009 - 20:33

 Jack, It seems he had issues with many of the things that are either uniquely "Nottingham" or things that span the entire line of their products. I currently have a music hall mmf-7.1 and I'm  hoping to hear a huge improvement with a 294. 

ronarceneaux@be... -- Wed, 08/11/2010 - 23:44

jack do you still have the space 294 and if so i wondering is the sound bettere than this new vpi classic? i was leaning towards the space 294 but not certain martens did a review on space 294 but wonder what he thinks as far as comparisons between the two tables.

Ronald Arceneaux

Jack Durrett II (not verified) -- Sun, 02/15/2009 - 16:19

 Dealing with Paul's objections one at a time:
1.instruction manual- I had the advantage of Chris Martin's review of the 294 in a previous issue and got some good info there.  For all other questions, a simple call to the dealer got them taken care of.  This is an easy table to set up.
2.No finger lift-as far as I'm concerned that is a big plus.  I am not tempted to move the arm/cartridge/stylus around which I used to occasionally do sideways and that's a bad thing.  The cuing device works just as it should and is easy to use.
3. arm securing device- none.  Not a problem for me since I dont schlep the unit around once it's in its home.  However, I would prefer that it had one if for no other reason than additional security when it's used.  Get the unit that Well Tempered uses.  Tres simple.
4.antiskating- call the dealer.  I got an answer in 10 seconds.  But, yes, that should have been made clear in the instructions which are minimal and the pictures/drawings are blehh.
5.  Interconnect hum-mine go from the back of the arm mount across the back of the C-J CT 5 from one side almost to the other (but NOT the power cord)then down 30+ inches to the Nova Phenomena.  No problem whatsoever.  And you know very well that Paul Seydor can dress cables with the best of them.  I suspect bad wire(s).  Or whatever.
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fruff76 (not verified) -- Sun, 02/15/2009 - 19:58

 Jack, thanks for the input. I'm still putting the 294 at the top of my short list of tables.

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