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Last seen: 9 years 3 months ago
Joined: Feb 12 2010 - 6:09am
VPI Classic 3

I love the Fall. It marks the return of college football, the return of "serious" movie releases, and Stereophile magazines with some beef between the covers. And right on cue, out comes the most ambitious edition of S'Phile I have seen in years, with tons of juicy analogue content capped with a review of the Classic 3 by none other than Mikey.

Was the review positive? Indubiously yes! Was the review informative? I'll give it a "B" on that one. Unless I missed something, there wasn't a single quote from Harry nor a good explanation of what sets the Classic 3 apart from the current Classic or Classic 2. From an editorial standpoint, I understand the desire to steer clear of the murky waters of VPI-evolution and morphiing. I sense that reviewing a VPI product is a very trechorous exercise that few other than Mikey would be willing to undertake. Harry does not suffer fools, and it he who decides who is foolish and who is not. Did Mikey do a good job of describing the strengths and weaknesses of this particular table and arm in light of it's 6K price? I give a solid A on that. After reading the appetizer piece in the Analogue column on low-priced phono pre's, I was concerned my main course of feasting on the Classic review would entail a review primarily based upon the dinosaurish Shure V15 VxMR, but thank goodness the entree was adequately spiced with a variety of cartridges and left me with a very good sense of the vital character of the table and arm.

History could prove me wrong, but I predict that in ten years time the VPI Classic will be cited as the single most influential table of the past four decades in terms of convincing reluctant digital-bound audiophiles to return to vinyl. I heartily congratulate all involved at Stereophile and particularly Mikey on undertaking the review. I would have preferred a review of the Classic at half the price, but I suspect the decision to review the tricked-out 3 was the wiser one.

tom collins
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Joined: Apr 3 2007 - 11:54am

that review made me proud to be an american.  we have been fortunate to have recent reviews of several very good imported tables (mostly german) that with arms cost as much as double the vpi.  i was very pleased to glean from the interview that this unit competes in every catagory and excells in several.  and, it's made in the usa.  and, if you have a problem, you can speak to a real person in the usa.  and, when the inevitable vpi upgrades come, you can upgrade if you choose to.  and, i too think it is a beautiful design that i would be proud to own.

well done vpi, well done mikey and well done s-phile.  also, thanks for looking at so many phono pres, stepups and carts lately too.



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