Lord Soth wrote:I'm using an Audio-Technica AT33PTG/2 MC cart on my stock Technics SL 1210M5G.
This has been my one and only cart since I hopped onto the Vinyl bandwagon.
BTW, has anyone managed to roll (akin to "tube-rolling") any carts on their Technics SL1210/1200 with stock configuration?
Care to share your experiences over here?
I have a few carts which i use on my Technics... Stanton 881 (actually the original 890al which is the same) with a 881 Jico shibata stylus, a 681 also with a shibata, a sure m97xe, a denon dl160 MC a Stanton trackmaster with a d97xe hifi stylus and a Decca super Gold. They all have there own sound and if I have to choose a fave it would be the Stanton 881 as it is the most honest and usable cart. The Decca is a mind blowing cart and sounds like no other cart made but I cant imagine using it for every day use as it is too odd and difficult. It probably has the sonic edge but it is just too querky for every day use. The 881 just does what it needs to do with a clean sibilance free open sound with great bass and no fuss. The 681 is a bit more closed and when things get tough it suffers at least with my stylus with a touch of sibilance but only on very tough tracks. The sure m97xe is a super good value cart which tracks very well but recent quality control spoils them but mine is a good sounding cart but not as clean as the stanton but a bargin if you find a good one.
The Trackmaster is a DJ cart but is transformed with the hifi stylus. I am considering experimenting with a Jico for it as IMO it would be very interesting as one seller used to sell a version which is no longer available with a similar stylus that was reported to sound quite special. The Denon is a super smooth cart but after the 881 you will miss something as it is a bit too smooth, but very nice all the same with that MC cream. I am considering moving up the Denon food chain but I am a bit held back by the slightly soft presentation of the 160.
All great fun and why I like interchangable headshells