From the Workbench of VPI Founder Harry Weisfeld: Prime Scout HW Special Edition Turntable Features JMW 3D Tonearm, Upgraded Motor, Prime Scout Feet, Much More
The Prime Scout HW Special Edition turntable with nine-inch JMW 3D tonearm comes straight from the workbench of VPI founder Harry Weisfeld. In its latest iteration, the heavily modified and U.S.A.-made Prime Scout looks and sounds much better than its predecessors – and claims a heritage that includes a Golden Ear Award from The Absolute Sound as well as a Product of the Year honor from Stereophile. In addition, this HW Special Edition is even more desirable. Fundamentally a standard Prime Scout driven by the stainless-steel motor assembly from Prime (a $4,250 model), it also features a JMW 3D tonearm ($1,800 add-on) and latest-generation Prime Scout feet for superb damping and vibration control.
Most importantly, this rig plays vinyl LPs with an intoxicating sense of presence, commanding authority, immersive detail, organic naturalism, and grand-scale dynamics. Operation is smooth, quiet, and efficient, which means you'll be treated to coal-black backgrounds and realistic imaging. And if you choose to want even more performance in the future, Prime Scout HW remains upgradable via an optional VTA On the Fly Base, Periphery Ring Clamp, Stainless-Steel Center Weight, and/or ADS Analog Drive System, all of which are available from Music Direct. Plus, we will happily set everything up for you.
All told, Prime Scout HW Special Edition delivers a level of audiophile sound that will bring you closer to your favorite artists and music. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
3D-Printed JMW Tonearm
State-of-the-art 3D printing has produced the biggest advance in tonearm design anyone has ever heard in the form of the award-winning, incredibly natural-sounding VPI JMW Classic 3D tonearm. The nine-inch JMW 3D simply gets out of the way and lets more music through. Made from one solid piece of perfectly non-resonant epoxy material (a high-temperature laser creates each layer, which measures .001 of an inch at a time) and a perennial entry on the Stereophile Class A Recommended Component list, it touts an extremely rigid character that literally has no resonant structure. As a result, this tonearm brings dramatic microdetails to the surface and lets you hear more of everything you want to hear on your records.
U.S.A.-Made Build Quality and Parts
For stability and damping, Prime Scout's chassis is made from 1.25"-thick MDF bonded to a 12-gauge steel plate. The massive platter is machined 1 3/8"-thick 6061 aluminum with stainless-steel damping mounted to an oil bath bearing by a number 2 Jacobs Taper. The bearing has a PEEK thrust disc and machined graphite impregnated brass bushings using a Thompson Engineering 60 Rockwell case hardened shaft. Prime Scout's 300RPM AC synchronous motor is contained in a separate steel housing and drives the platter with smooth, quiet operation.