Eminent Technology ET-2 Tonearm Owners

Where are you? What mods have you done ?

I have been using these ET2's for over 9 years now.
I am still figuring them out and learning from them. They can be modified in so many ways. Bruce Thigpen laid down the GENIUS behind this tonearm over 20 years ago. Some of you have owned them for over 20 years !

Tell us your secrets.

New owners – what questions do you have ?

We may even be able to coax Bruce to post here. :^)

There are so many modifications that can be done.

Dressing of the wire with this arm is critical to get optimum sonics along with proper counterweight setup.

Let me start it off.

Please tell us what you have found to be the best wire for the ET-2 tonearm ? One that is pliable/doesn’t crink or curl. Whats the best way of dressing it so it doesn’t impact the arm. Through the spindle - Over the manifold - Below manifold ? What have you come up with ?
IMO, it's worth the cost to get a DB System alignment gauge for the ET. May be able to print something off of www.vinylengine.com 
@ct0517 Agreed Chris - when you build/modify your own DIY equipment, it is personal and relinquishing that equipment is harder. I essentially reached the end of my stereo DIY building...as well as reached the end of working on muscle cars 12 years ago. I am almost done running my final ham radio antenna experiments.

I think the key is knowing you can always do more upgrades, builds and experiments, but you have to determine the point at which "you" want to stop; more so if you are still curious about orthogonal areas that require learning something completely new - which takes time to be competent. You end up trading off time and where you want to spend it...tradeoffs.

I sold off all my automotive tools and parts (engine crane, ignition analyzers, pullers, carbs, cams, etc) for restoration work. That first "release" was hard to let go. I subsequently sold off my duplicate voltmeters, oscilloscopes, signal generators for DIY stereo and ham radio builds (just kept one scope, one volt ohm and one Weller soldering workstation for future repairs). Selling off this gear / parts was much easier after letting go of my automotive gear and parts. I recently sold off my duplicate stereo gear (no second room gear or backup gear or parts...except spare vacuum tubes) - no sentiment experienced.

I will probably continue practicing piano and playing recitals for another 10 to 15 years and call that quits. Maybe I will pickup painting...
I am looking for help.  So thanks for taking the time to read.

I am trying to get my 30 yr old Oracle / ET arm working again.  The first thing I did was take the table to the local Audio store.  They took a look at it and did not give me confidence that it was worth fixing.  Somewhere between transporting the table to the store and taking it back the swing of the tone arm has been significantly lowered.  The link below are pictures of the ET
You can see that the two positions of the tone are are well below the platter.  It was not like that before.  My guess is that the support that holds the cueing lever in place slipped down.  But I do not see any indication of that happening.
I know that this is a sensitive installation, it was working fine 20 years ago and I don't want to cause any additional problems.
Also any thoughts on the best way to start up using again.  I have replaced the large filter that was inline and the aquarium like pump seems to be operational.  I did a basic cleaning of the arm and started up the pump to see if all was working.  It seemed to go smooth.  But I have not tested it on a record.  I may have real issues with the Oracle motor.

Thanks - Dave

If I understand your issue correctly it looks as if the cueing support has been turned which causes the armwand to rest lower at the cartridge end. Some of your pictures show that support in a different position. Just turn it until you obtained your desired resting position.