I kindly need your advise or suggestions regarding my tonearm-cardridge combination.
1) considering, could this tonearm/cardridge combination work 'rereasonably' well ? - or beter to change a more compatible, high compliance cardridge, pobably a MM instead of a modern MC ? By adding extra mass to the tonearm (headshell ) and the possible benefits of mounting the SME fluid damper.
2) So, when applying a ballast weight ( SME 3818 - 4,3 grams ) wil this bring the effective mass of the arm to the recommended /desired range to match te Benz Ace ( 8,8 grams / 15 um ) ?
3a) Will it benefit to mount the fluid damper for overall tonal quality with this arm/cardridge combination?
3b) Which Silicone damping fluid to use ? SME is talking about 200.000 cs viscosity, but some sources recomment 10.000 cs. Thats a huge gap..
3c) Silicone fluid: when using a low complient cardridge, SME recomments 13 mm paddle, right? The Ace is rated at 15 um
Turntable: Micro Seiki BL-51
Tonearm: SME Series III-S tonearm ( tonearm mass approx. 5 grams )
Cardridge: Benz Micro Ace (M) - Year 2006 - Weight 8,8 grams , Compliance 15 um
- (not mounted, but present): SME 3818 Spacer Ballast Weight ~4.3 Grams
- (not mounted, but present): SME fluid damper FD III S with 3 paddles, mounting accessories, but no fluid, still have to buy some right viscosity fluid
As i understood, the SME Series III is equiped with a very light tonearm ( approx. 5 grams) , which will best match with high compliance cardridges.
Initial, back in 2003, i bought this turntable, including a mounted AT OC9 II cardridge, compliance ~ 35 um.
After a short while, i accidently broke the AT 0C9's cantilever.. and bought myself a new cardridge at the
local hifi-dealer. The salesman told me a(shop-stock) Benz Micro ACE would work good enough ( fairly well ) with an SME III-S arm. Just mounted it. Never take a closer look at this investment (!)
Due to upcoming audio-streaming, i did not use the turntable for a long time. Didn't thinkk about it and didn't used it much . ( 2004-present ) .. a bit of a shame ..
Q:But, interest in vinyl is coming back again!
Is is wisely to add the 3818 ballast weight (4,3 grams) to the headshell?
Can we say: Tonearmmass = 5 grams + 4,3 ballast, so tonearmmass will be approx 9.3 grams?
If so, can we use the graph below, and the Ace cardridge ( 8,8 gram / 15 um ) Should be in range.
And offcourse.. i'm struggling with the recommended viscosity of damping fluid. !
Hope you can Help me out getting some suggestions, answers , tips !.
Offcourse a hobby costs some money, thats just fine.
Calculator on Vinylengine ( thanks! )
https://www.vinylengine.com/cartridge_r ... luator.php