1200y3 wrote:I have rarely seen cartridge instability on any modern turntable. If there was feedback or oscillations it was due to large floor cavity (crawl space), wooden floors, excessively large subwoofers, etc.
BUT compliance matching and damping controls are a very serious concern on antique mono systems. It is nearly impossible to mate a low compliance mono cartridge with an SL 1200 style arm. In fact even something like the Gray 108B will need the silicone unipivot to work.
The possible problem with Grados is the stiff compliance, which in reality acts like a low compliance likely becomes a problem. This could be a quality control issue.
I think it has more to do with resonances caused by the cart that in extreme cases might lead to 'dancing' or instability, perhaps when they coincide with bending modes/resonances (either direct or harmonically) of the arm in question. These resonances (not the dancing) in the Grado cart (Gold1) have been observed in testing. I have observed 'dancing carts' in the past a couple of times and it wasn't due to any external feedback or such (volume zeroed).
If you refer to the compliance of this Gold1 specimen specifically, stiff compliance caused by production faults, you may well be right. However, as noted, the Gold1 has a compliance of ca. 25cu; neither high nor low. Perhaps the cheaper models in the Prestige range (silly name for entry level carts BTW) have lower cu's.