The Q UP Automatic Tonearm Lift
Ratings & Reviews
As said by other reviewers this thing seem cheaply made when opening the box. I will have to say with just a few minutes of getting it set right it really is working smoothly and nicely on my rega. I would recommend this to someone wanting an autolift option. It does what it is supposed to do and I am happy I purchased it.
Found this relatively easy to install with a little bit of work. Once set up, it does what its supposed to do. It did take a little bit of experimentation to get it set just right so it didn't pop the tonearm up so high that was annoying. I was surprised how cheaply made it is given the $60 asking price. But I guess until someone comes up with a better one, they can ask what they want for it. I also found it relatively unattractive on my turntable but not so much to outweigh the benefit it provides. Overall I am happy to have it on my turntable so I don't have to be at the beckon call of the end of record :)
by Jim B
I have the AT 6006 Safety Raiser on one turntable but hard to find another but when I saw this the search ended... I bought one and found it super easy to place... Works everytime so I never have to worry about spacing out while playing my next album.
a little fussy to mount and I would suggest using several records to test final position due to variances in lead out grove area. it was fussier for me because I have an old Music Hall MMF 2.1 and could not use the supplied sliding base which would allow adjustment. some minor filing of the base of the unit plus the additional Height of the new Ortofon helped. overall even with the fiddling invoved I am glad to have the lift at the end. removes the sense of urgency in needing to get to your arm. the adjustable lift pressure is nice it doesn' throw your arm up forcefully if you play with it enough.
I wasn't sure this would be a good purchase until I installed it today on my Pro-Ject Carbon. Once the fine adjustments are made it does it's job...now I can rest easy when I need to leave the room or forget I left a record on the table. Works like a charm! Advance warning to other Carbon owners...you will need to attache the unit directly to the table [do not use the sleeve] in order to get proper clearance. In addition start with the softest lift setting or your tone arm will bounce quite a bit. With mine on softest setting it lifts the arm just perfectly.
by Saint Matthew
If you own a Music Hall MMF-5 turntable like I do, this product will not fit… unless you do some serious DIY modifications to it. Following is a brief description of how I modified my Q-up to fit my turntable: First off, I threw away the adjustable base, and then I completely disassembled the Q-up. I removed the foam pad off the tonearm lifter, and filed the tonearm lifter arm down. I had to file so much off the tonearm lifter that the Q-up’s housing was higher than the tonearm lifter; so I took a razor and trimmed the shoulders of the Q-up’s housing down so that they were flush with the tonearm lifter. I still needed more clearance, so I reassembled the Q-up and filed the base of the unit down as much as I dared. I then used double sided tape to mount the unit to my turntable, but the Q-up still wouldn’t fit underneath the tonearm. So I cleaned the tape off and used superglue to mount the Q-up, and it finally fit! Is it really worth it to go through all that trouble to get the Q-up to fit? In my case it was, and following is a description why: I am a commercial fisherman and am gone from home for months at a time. I came back from a fishing trip and the first thing I did when I walked in my front door was warm up my preamp and amplifier to put on a record. I approached my record player and noticed that there was a record on the platter, still spinning, and the needle was on the record. I looked at the record title, and remembered my wife telling me how she had played that same record when she had some friends over… two months ago. In my absence, my poor turntable had been spinning, with the needle on a record, for two months- 1,440 hours of continuous use. Needless to say, the needle was toast. It was a Goldring D12GX stylus, $275. I ordered a new stylus, the Goldring D42, for $375. Before I slipped it on my cartridge, I installed the Q-up as a safeguard against any future calamity. You, dear reader, can see why in my case it was totally worth the trouble to modify the Q-up to fit my needs. I do not want to come home to any more burned-up needles. The final word- The Q-up, even with my extensive modifications, functions wonderfully, flawlessly, silently, each and every time. It consists of only a few simple mechanical pieces, eliminating the possibility of any sort of malfunction. It is both easy and intuitive to use. I highly recommend this product to everyone who does not have one- it will save your needle.
When I received the Q UP I thought well this thing is going back. This thing isn't worth $60 it's cheaply made etc. Then it was too high for my Rega P3-24 with the standard sleeve. (I thought it was compatible with Rega's?) So I had to modify it by taking it out of the sleeve and using some 3M poster (thick) double-sided tape instead of what comes on the attachments. Well you know what? This thing is amazing. It does what it does very well and now I can relax. If I need to run to the store and my wife is home I can play a record while I'm gone and if it gets to the end of the record all is good. Thank you Q UP I highly recommended this for your manual turntable. Be alert when you set it up because you'll have to catch the tonearm a few times while setting it up.