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Postby avinunca1 » 12 Dec 2011 14:49

My vectored PT1 is being held up by arm problems. I was wondering what my options were as I would really like this project up and running for Christmas.
I will be using a Denon DL304. What arms should I consider if I can't get my Mission 774 sorted out. I have read that the 774 is a little hard/cold. What would be better for my musical taste that includes a lot of acoustic material.
Maybe someone has an arm for sale that would work for me.
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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby rolleye » 12 Dec 2011 16:37

I'd try any of the Helius arms (sorry to keep banging on about these arms but they really are good on a PT and using a variety of cartridges)or alternatively an AudioMods kit or a Notts Analogue arm or one of the Audio Technica arms or an FXR-II or an Inspire X-100.
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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby satanfriendly » 12 Dec 2011 17:30

I'll back up Rolleye there with the NA arm. As you know that s the combination I run on my past PT and although a strange pairing, it actually worked superbly. Would easily handle a 304.

If you want and as a 'stop gap' while you sort the long termer out, I have a spare Linn Basic Plus I could loan. Whether it would be good choice for a 304 is questionable, but who know.
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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby abril » 12 Dec 2011 19:14

Given the talk of Notts Analogue arms not having seen or used one - I see there is a Mentor on ebay at the mo.

Worth a punt to you?
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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby avinunca1 » 12 Dec 2011 20:31

satanfriendly wrote:I'll back up Rolleye there with the NA arm. As you know that s the combination I run on my past PT and although a strange pairing, it actually worked superbly. Would easily handle a 304.

If you want and as a 'stop gap' while you sort the long termer out, I have a spare Linn Basic Plus I could loan. Whether it would be good choice for a 304 is questionable, but who know.



Thanks a lot for the offer. Will bear that in mind.
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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby avinunca1 » 12 Dec 2011 20:51

abril wrote:Given the talk of Notts Analogue arms not having seen or used one - I see there is a Mentor on ebay at the mo.

Worth a punt to you?

Thanks guys.

I see there is a N.A Ace Space as well and I may consider splashing out for one if it's likely to be worth the dosh.

Can anyone comment on the two NA models on the bay? Any idea of values?
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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby minio » 12 Dec 2011 20:56

ImageI've had a Hadcock on an Anniversary for 6 years which I found to be a very synergistic pairing. There is a warmth and fluidity about this arm that suits the PT character.
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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby abril » 12 Dec 2011 21:20

I see a Mentor recently sold for £350 on PFM!
http://www.pinkfishmedia.net/forum/show ... p?t=108893
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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby avinunca1 » 12 Dec 2011 22:08

minio wrote:ImageI've had a Hadcock on an Anniversary for 6 years which I found to be a very synergistic pairing. There is a warmth and fluidity about this arm that suits the PT character.



Which model is that?
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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby rolleye » 12 Dec 2011 22:31

I use a Notts Analogue Mentor with a Grado G1 and its very good (S/F is also a paid up member of the NA fan club 8) )

this is mine on a modded PT Too, the additional weight on the headshell has now been placed in its proper place underneath

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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby avinunca1 » 12 Dec 2011 22:55

rolleye wrote:I use a Notts Analogue Mentor with a Grado G1 and its very good (S/F is also a paid up member of the NA fan club 8) )

this is mine on a modded PT Too, the additional weight on the headshell has now been placed in its proper place underneath

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The arm looks good too. Much nicer than the one on the bay.
Well this arm has to be on my shortlist. If anyone spots one please let me know.
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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby minio » 13 Dec 2011 00:27

Which model is that?


GH228 believed to be 1980's. A nice light arm with Linn geometry. An improvement on GH's earliest efforts. I use a specially made washer to mount in a Linn cut armboard.

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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby satanfriendly » 14 Dec 2011 22:08

S/F is also a paid up member of the NA fan club


Absolutely. Although as you know I don't have a PT at the moment (will change in the new year) the Space arm still works wonders on my sons Blue Note deck.

As for the Hadcock 228, much to some peoples better belief I rate this arm highly. May be it does not have the complete flexibility of say the Mission 774 it certainly has very similar sonics and equally as competent. Although I never tried it on the PT when I had one it is not a pairing I would overlook. Improves no end of you replace the counterweight with one of the XTCW items for sale on E-Bay.
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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby Zebbo » 14 Dec 2011 22:23

Well I hope they are a good match for an Anni as I've just bought an Ace Space! Should be here in a few days. Tim would you be up for making me up a blank balsa/carbon armboard please? :D
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Re: Best Arm - Cartridge combination

Postby avinunca1 » 14 Dec 2011 23:53

Zebbo wrote:Well I hope they are a good match for an Anni as I've just bought an Ace Space! Should be here in a few days. Tim would you be up for making me up a blank balsa/carbon armboard please? :D


Did you buy the one on the bay? I was tempted. I look forward to hearing your opinion when it's fitted.
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