VPI Scoutmaster to HRX

Hello! And "Thank You!" all in advance for sharing your experience.

I am considering upgrading from my approx 20 year old VPI Scoutmaster with 9" arm. I already have most of the accessories. I am very interested in the HRX. Does anyone have the experience of the same or similar comparisons between these two TT's?




IMO, possibly a lateral move.

A non VPI arm and the Phoenix/Sota speed control is what I’d do.

Many "better" arms to choose from that you could later use on a future "better" non VPI table.

Longtime VPI Classic user.

Edit- no upgrade unless phonostage is already $ maxed. 

Why the HRX? It's long been out of production. I'd look at some of the current VPI tables. A version of the Classic 3 is being produced and that seems like a good table to look into.

Will you be using the same cartridge and phononstage?  I recently upgraded my VPI rig with good results. But, as I often do, I lack the self discipline to make one change at a time. I went from a VPI Super Scout with a 10” JMW unipivot arm and Hana ML to a VPI Prime with 10” 3D gimbal arm with their Shyla (AT) cartridge and the overall effect was very positive. I kept the same cabling and preamp. 

So, assuming you have more willpower than me, consider making smaller steps but let’s face it, it’s fun to explore new equipment and I suspect the fun-factor is part of your equation. It certainly is for me. BTW, new phono preamp is in transit (Sutherland Little Loco). 

@tablejockey 1++  It is only a different look. You need to stay away from unipivot arms. I suggest a Kuzma 4 Point 9 along with the Phoenix speed control. If you want to make a big leap in turntable performance and not looks the Sota Sapphire will do nicely.  

I have a Scout with the 9" uni pivot arm never a problem no wabbling at all. It makes me wonder how many folks that criticize them have actually used them. Like you I get upgrade fever from time to time but would stay in the VPI family as I think they make products that sound great.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a VPI unipivot arm, simplicity at it's best and the 9 inch basic arm is a steal at the price, just sayin. Enjoy the music