I have a dear friend who turned me onto my Classe DR-5 pre-amp and Threshold S/300 power amp. I also use a Parasound belt drive CD player and a 10 inch Teac 32-2B reel to reel tape deck. I am a member of the "Tape Project".
Presently I am using Mirage floor standing speakers. Later I want to purchase a set of Eminent Tech LTF-8 eletrostatics or Magnapan 1.6. Right now I am satisfied with the sound I am getting.
It's important that I be able to play the many 33.3 records (classical/jazz) I have. So the quest to find a decent tone arm is key now. Being a neophyte I've got to ask these question because I really want to know the answers.
What is the difference between the Jelco SA-250ST other than being a straight arm, the SA-250, the SA-370H which is suppose to be a longer arm (339mm) and the SA-750D?
1. Do they all have bearings in the vertical and horizontal plans?
2. Is the quality the same?
3. Can they all be upgraded in terms of cabling?
4. Can heavier counter weights be added to all of them?
5. Do they all have the same features and benefits?
6. Can they all accomodate medium to top line cartridges and provide good to outstanding sound?
7. Do they all have oil damping?
8. Can the VTA be adjustable on the fly with any of these arms? Is that asking too much?
By the way, all of these tone arms were found on Ebay. I am not sure that Ebay is the best place to purchase a tone arm. Has anyone else had a good experience there with a Jelco purchase?
Looking at the specifications I can't see a lot of difference in these tone arms. And if I can get away with paying less money for the same basic quality I'm ahead of the game.
AudioSoul: where did you get your Jelco 10.5 tone arm and what was the cost in US dollars? What is the model number?
Dave C: you are using a Jelco SA-250ST and a Shelter 501 MK2. How is that working out for you?
: I really appreciate the time you've spent providng specific information especially regarding tone arm/cartridge effective mass. I also appreciate the info on where to purchase lighter head shells. Are you familiar with Ms. Maria Schneiders Jazz Orchestra? Get Sky Blue or Allegresse. Beautiful large scale orchestral music. I love this lady and have all of her recordings. Unfortunately they are all on CD. What a bummer.
Please don't forget I do appreciate all of the assistance each of you have given me already. This is a wonderful forum where a neophyte like me can get answers to my questions and I am very happy about that. Thanks so much.