Well tempered question?

I recently bought a traded-in Well Tempered turntable that has a Grado Sonata installed. The damping material, in the arm cup, seems a bit high as i move the arm from side to side. I have the original owner's manual but it doesn't reference what the damping material viscosity should be for the arm. I apologize if this has been covered before, but does anyone know what the Well Tempered folks would have packed with the table?
Tell your friend to run, don't walk, to get a WT Amadeus.

This thing is the sh^t.......

Holy Crap! This ain't NASCAR boys. Use Well Tempered fluids ONLY. The wrong fluid could dissolve the plastic paddle or bearing points. Once installed you never mess with it unless you have to ship the table or it can't be moved carefully.

There are two different labeled fluids used in a Well Tempered table. The thinner one is used in the platter cup while the thicker is used in the tonearm cup.

The platter bearing cup should be approximately be 5/8 full. The distance from the inner edge of the cup to the fluid should be approximately 7/8". Slide the spindle into the cup making sure the bottom of the spindle is resting on the bottom bearing point. The fluid level must cover the top set of bearing points when the spindle is in the cup.

Before you install the fluid in the tonearm cup the filament adjustments need to be checked. For the flat paddle with two large holes the paddle should not touch the cup when the arm is resting on the (not spinning) plater with an LP on it or approximately 1/8-1/4 inch from the bottom of the cup.

The arm should be at approximately a 2 degree incline (fine tune later).

The shaft attaching the paddle to the tonearm should be vertical.

Once this has been checked and/adjusted install the tonearm damping fluid slowly letting it settle. The flat paddle should be covered by 1-2mm of fluid after it has settled.

Unlike chattery mechanical tonearms the Well Tempered arm must be handled slowly when queuing up a record.
Yes Vicdamone is right... the Well Tempered™ fluid uses very special Semantic Molecule™ technology that uses special atoms from a virgin source that is completely different from other 'Silicone' fluids ... in fact the laws of chemistry and physics are completely different (as you well know) for high end audio as compared to anything else in the known universe ... :P
grandpoohbah sez:

  "Also, you might want to contact my dealer, Elliot Midwood of Acoustic Image www.acousticimage.com in Studio City. He's a great guy with decades of experience and knowledge about well tempered and everything analogue."  

Totally agree. If you live in the L.A. area, Eliot is the one to set up your Well Tempered turn table. Set up correctly as Eliot does it, the WTT becomes one of the best tables out there. Amazing really.

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To resurrect a dead thread and help someone in the future:

Mike Pranka, the guy that does WT parts in the US, gave me some info.

For damping, the fluid is particular but not propriety-100,000cst silicon. You can buy it on amazon, usually packaged for RC cars.  One of those size bottles is enough.

For the spindle, he said Mr. Firebaugh, the designer, has updated the fluid to be synthetic motor oil, 5w20 or 5w30, whichever is cheaper.  he said viscosity is not that important.