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Please Help me pick an arm ...for my TD 150 MKII

Postby Guy Olton » 15 Jul 2018 18:18

Hello everyone!

I just acquired an awesome TD150 MKII TT for a project.

Right now I´m looking for a new tonearm and thought maybe you could Help me out a bit. I want it to be of a good quality obviously but with classy/minimalistic looks. I don't want to spend more than 1000 bucks, ideally in the range of 400-800 usd

Appreciate any Help.

cheers!
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Re: Please Help me pick an arm ...for my TD 150 MKII

Postby alexandro » 15 Jul 2018 22:03

What cartridge do you have?

SME 3009 was a popular combination back in the days. I had restored some TD150 and accompanied them all with 3009 (improved) which was a very good match.
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Re: Please Help me pick an arm ...for my TD 150 MKII

Postby Guy Olton » 15 Jul 2018 23:16

alexandro wrote:What cartridge do you have?

SME 3009 was a popular combination back in the days. I had restored some TD150 and accompanied them all with 3009 (improved) which was a very good match.

Hi, i have a NOS shure m97ej at the moment for that, but I am open to buy something else. In fact, I think i'm going to try a few until I can find one I'd like.

Whats that "improve" to the sme?

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Re: Please Help me pick an arm ...for my TD 150 MKII

Postby tlscapital » 15 Jul 2018 23:40

Guy Olton wrote:
alexandro wrote:What cartridge do you have?

SME 3009 was a popular combination back in the days. I had restored some TD150 and accompanied them all with 3009 (improved) which was a very good match.

Hi, i have a NOS shure m97ej at the moment for that, but I am open to buy something else. In fact, I think i'm going to try a few until I can find one I'd like.

Whats that "improve" to the sme?

Cheers


SME3009's first generation are considered medium effective mass tonearms. The following generation of 'Improved' SII (with fixed headshell) are in the light effective mass category as the 'Improved' S2 (detachable headshell) less but still light mass. Your shure M97 EJ is apparently a high compliant one so rather a better fit for the SME3009 'Improved' type.

The good news is that, second hand they are even cheaper than the pre-'Improved' or the later 'R' type. And indeed the Thorens TD150, TD14x and TD16x are a classic combination that work pretty well I find. Both sharing the "de-coupled" smart design to minimize unwanted vibrations transmissions. And both have a lot of evolutive potential in tweaks.
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still available, Jelco SA 370H

Postby user510 » 18 Jul 2018 18:24

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Jelco-SA-370H-Tone-Arm-w-Oil-Damping-Ichikawa-NOS/302799963058?epid=1140537714&hash=item468048c3b2%3Ag%3AO00AAOxyYYlRviLd&_nkw=jelco+sa-370h&rt=nc
Above link to a Jelco SA 370H NOS for sale on eBay.

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This arm (370H) uses Rega mounting dimensions. Effective length: 239mm. Mounting distance 218mm. It is possible to align to Baerwald null points (66 and 120.89mm), or Loefgren B. The slotted headshells, which one must buy will allow some flexibility in this regard.

I have setup on a NOS 370H in one instance and refurbished a sumiko MMT tonearm (same as Jelco SA 370H)on another TD150. Both worked well.
With the NOS 370H the tonearm was like a new arm that had been sealed in its box for a few decades. Otherwise same as new. The older MMT arm came to me incomplete and in need of repair but this gave me the oportunity to disect it completely and during that process I came to appreciate its robust build qualities. It was built to last.

My one criticism of the 370H is the base collar support it comes with; as being too chincy. And the counterweight may not be heavy enough to balance some of the heavier moving coil cartridges one may choose these days.

The positives are that this arm is capable of delivering the sonic goods in spades at a low cost. I'd gladly take another when the oportunity arises.

For less than $400 usd this is quite a bargain, but you may wish to purchase another heavier counterweight as well as a better headshell -- adding to the cost.

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