Apokalypse wrote:And about the walco... well I'd rather put in a bit extra and either get a microline stylus or the shure suspension system. It's basically now down to weighing up those two things and taking into account the brightness of the AT.
Just note the point of the Walco is it does have a
line contact tip, which makes it exceptional value.
Personally IMO the Walco will be well good enough,
if you had an arm of something like Rega quality
then I'd go for the AT over the Shure anyday.
AT's can be bright, they are sensitive to capacitance
loading, often shortening the arm lead helps a lot.
(And removing any loading from the amplifier)
My experience of turntable arm and cartridge combinations
is that the arm and turntable dominate the resultant sound.
The cartridges main effect is tonal balance and the
quality of the tip affect treble distortion and detail.
(As long as its not a poor cartridge)
If you could try both the Walco and AT, tonal differences
aside I think you'd be surprised at the lack of differences
in your arm on your turntable.
Or put it another way, the Walco in say a Grace G707
would probably take any cartridge you care to mention
fitted in the SME to the cleaners. Note I'm not trying to
knock the SME, its just the arm is that important, and
the G707 is very good with MM cartridges.
Not that I'm implying the AT or Shure would be
bad choices either, of the two I'd go for the AT.