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VPI Scoutmaster Turntable with Upgrades and New Sumiko Songbird MC

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Vpi Scoutmaster Turntable With Upgrades And New Sumiko Songbird Mc

VPI Scoutmaster Turntable with Upgrades and New Sumiko Songbird MC

SkyFi 479

Pickup currently unavailable

479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States



We took one of the best selling 'tables from VPI and outfitted it with our best selling phono cartridge, the venerable Sumiko Songbird MC Low Output ($899).

This 'table has an oversized platter made of a smoked translucent material and a very heavy plinth made out of multiple layers of lacquered MDF.

To top it off this features a very highly regarded JMW Memorial tonearm with a unipivot system.

In addition, this 'table benefits greatly from a completely isolated motor pod which nests within the 'table without making any contact other than the lightweight belt.

These options are included with your purchase - Heavy record weight, acrylic dustcover, and a new VPI branded belt.

This full setup will be perfectly calibrated utilizing our tedious 11 step process which will arrive ready to use in less than 15 minutes setup time.

Condition is superb with little to no signs of use. Cover may have a few light scuffs but nothing notable.

Brand Background:

VPI Industries is a family owned, high-end audio manufacturer that has been in business for over 35 years. Although best known for their high-end turntables, VPI have recently introduced the Player and Clifford models which offer similar performance at an approachable price. Their VPI Record Cleaning Machines (RCMs) are the industry standard for collectors and record shops alike. VPI components are designed and built in Cliffwood, New Jersey.


Single Owner


• Single set of RCA outputs with grounding lug
• Standard IEC Power Cord

General Sound:

Accurate to the recording

Cosmetic Condition:

8 - Very Slight Signs of Use

Working Condition:

Working perfectly and tested in our lab.


Table, motor, cover, belt, cartridge, record weight, and tonearm.


Original Manufacturers Packing

Original MSRP:



19" by 14" by 5-3/4"






Link to Manual:

Recommended Cables:

Kimber Kable - Tonearm Interconnects - Better

Kimber Kable - Flagship Tonearm Interconnects - Best

Testing Process:

The SkyFi Testing Process for Turntables:

Fist we try to identify any mechanical issues, particularly in the tonearm bearings.  We check for freedom of movement or any resistance on both the horizontal and vertical range.  There is a quick test for this which involves placing the table on its front edge and allowing the arm to swing freely like a pendulum.  We then make any adjustments necessary to achieve minimal resistance and sometimes adjust the bearing pressure.  On gimbal tonearms we inspect the cone tip with a magnifier.  

We then asses the platter speed by using one of several methods, the most accuse is a playing a test tone on a test record and measuring the frequency out put with a frequency counter or oscilloscope.  We also utilize test equipment to measure the wow and flutter to ensure its within spec.  We do this for all speeds available for that particular model.  Adjustments are then made to achieve proper speed which will vary depending on table drive design.  Some require an adjustment of an internal or external potentiometer, some will require a pulley or motor adjustment.  We also inspect the platter bearing to ensure its properly lubricated keeping in mind that some don't require lubrication at all.

We then inspect the power supply and address any issues with overworked capacitors particularly on Linn and later Thorens machines which tend to need attention.  

On fully mechanical vintage tables like the Thorens TD124 and Garrard 301/401 we will go thought the entire mechanism, replace any worn parts and lubricate all components necessary to ensure smooth operation, speed change and low mechanical noise. 

When fitting a new cartridge we will go through our detailed calibration process which can involve as many as 12 steps depending on the arm design.  We perform this work on our custom turntable calibration rig which was developed in-house.  

Some of these steps include:

Pivot to spindle adjustment

Tracing force


Tonearm height

Lifter height



Stylus Distance and Overhang

We then do a critical listening test using our test records and our test system to ensure proper sonics.  


• 7/8" thick acrylic platter
1/4"" thick MDF/Steel center chassis
Solid aluminum motor assembly with 300-rpm motor in isolated steel housing
Beautiful black satin finish

SKU: 103878