Solidair Audio Ebony Big Boy Bass Driver
The Solidair Audio Ebony Big Boy Bass Driver is a record clamp or puck that simply goes on top of the centre of your vinyl to hold it firmly to the platter. It is very easy to use and less fiddly than screw up clamps. It relies on its weight to firmly hold the vinyl against the platter. The improved contact between the two and the structure of the Bass Driver has several effects. You will notice an increase in volume as the needle is working more efficiently in the groove. The bass becomes clearer and better defined, more punchy and vital. The whole soundscape seems richer and more satisfying and the background is quieter.
The Ebony Big Boy Bass driver is quite heavy for it’s size, weighing in at over 800g. If you are struggling for bass, this could well be just what you need. It effectively adds a significant amount of weight to the platter. The reaction of the record to the stylus is reduced, making the stylus work harder and follow the shape of the groove more accurately. The core of the Big Boy Bass Driver has damping properties to reduce external noise that can enter the system, for example bearing noise. This gives you blacker silences and clearer separation, particularly in the lower frequencies. The core is designed to increase density and absorb unwanted vibration. It works better than a solid block of material, preventing sound reflections and resonance. The lower face of the unit has a cork covering, so it is kind to your record labels anything you rest it on.
This version is hand turned from a Ebony, a very heavy dark wood. It is naturally almost black in colour and is complimented well with the polished aluminium centre section. It looks contemporary, yet has a classical feel to set off any good looking turntable. It is taller than the standard Bass Driver at around 52mm tall. It’s maximum diameter is around 88mm. It may look a bit too tall if your platter is not very thick, we felt it looked a bit over the top on the Gyrodec for example, where the standard Bass Driver looks just right. It would look better on an Orbe turntable with the much deeper platter.