audiopile wrote:.... The big advantage of the SC35C's from my point of view is that they were thrown in on used turntables (two of the last three I've purchased - weird coincidence for sure?)and don't seem to generally sell for particularly high prices even when purchased. This makes matting them with a JICO/SAS particularly attractive - since the bodies are -well-cheap.
From my point of view, the real opportunity here lies in the original spec SC35C. A decent performing MM conical, supporting a relatively high VTF and heavy arm. That's the thing of merit and beauty, which is at risk of being overlooked, I figure. That's what you can't obtain with SAS substitutions.
Personally I see merit in 3-5g tracking with a quality MM conical. I use this configuration for some of my collection, and it sounds right. Currently not with a SC35C, I should say. It does not wear, in fact I suspect less shredding and clogging versus fine line styli on certain period masterings and pressings. I would not consider tracking fineline geometry styli at such VTFs, BTW, because of wear concerns. And besides, high-VTF-fineline-styli combos don't exist, perhaps exactly because of this. But decent conicals, I have accepted as not damaging, perhaps even preferred, even at such VTFs. On the strength of this thread, I'd consider and look out for an SC35C to use in original form.
Besides, this configuration is exactly how vinyl programme material from certain periods was intended to be played. It was the norm. And in its way, the SC35C has its place there. And that's what you just can't get when trying to create a V15/SAS, which no doubt has its own merits.
I agree, a single arm is unlikely to suit both a standard SC35C setup and a V15/SAS, so the swap in/out substitution idea is probably a non-starter.
audiopile wrote:For most of the readers/users of this forum - it is probably more useful to know what stock (original) cart/styli matings produce. I think that stating what arms you're using and in the case of MM carts -capacitance and input impedance are useful info.
Yes, I agree.