Tonearm suggestions for Technics SL-150/1500?

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Tonearm suggestions for Technics SL-150/1500?

Post by T.O.S. » 24 May 2019 15:14

Hello,
Whar TA do you suggest for the SL-150 better than the Technics ones?

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Re: Tonearm suggestions for Technics SL-150/1500?

Post by medwaybeat » 24 May 2019 15:51

My old SL150 had SME3009 (fixed headshell) fitted seems like quite a classic combo and sounded good

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Re: Tonearm suggestions for Technics SL-150/1500?

Post by T.O.S. » 24 May 2019 18:29

medwaybeat wrote:
24 May 2019 15:51
My old SL150 had SME3009 (fixed headshell) fitted seems like quite a classic combo and sounded good
Yes , are you happy with this combo ?What cart are you using on the 3009 ? I think that is the 3009 II ....
Is that better than a stock tonearm of the 1300-1400-1500-1700 series ?

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Re: Tonearm suggestions for Technics SL-150/1500?

Post by Chiltern » 24 May 2019 23:30

In the UK most SL150 decks were supplied fitted with the SME 3009. The 3 that I've had, all with the detachable headshell version.

Because of the high price now of the SME arm, many SL150 decks are on the market less the arm and because they can now have speed issues are often cheap. The speed problem in all the SL150's that I've had solved by cleaning the combined speed selector/on off switch.

Pictured an SL150 fitted with a Rega RB250 arm. While specialized armboards for this are available, this one uses a simple SME profile stainless plate bored 23mm at the correct centers. A couple of spacers to give the correct vta and to accommodate the locknut underneath make a quick fit.

Works well and gives the Technics a new lease of life, Rega arms being a fraction of the price of an SME now.

The SL150, while looking similar to the SL1500 series, does not have a suspended sub chassis which makes fitting alternative arms much easier.

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Re: Tonearm suggestions for Technics SL-150/1500?

Post by T.O.S. » 25 May 2019 09:59

Yep, it happends that I have a NAD C555 sleeping wich is fitted with a Rega RB 251.
One plan is to send this arm to Origin live for upgrade and install it on a custom made armboard, instead using an original Technics tonearm

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Re: Tonearm suggestions for Technics SL-150/1500?

Post by T.O.S. » 26 May 2019 10:47

What I am curious is about the SME 3009 I-II tonearms how much are they affected by rubber aging ,because I know that there are some gaskets in the stub (2 gaskets .Are there more and I don't know ?). Is it mandatory to be replaced ?
These arms are not too cheap , in fact they run around 4-500 E online , and am asking how do they stand against new arms from Jelco , Origin Live , ( around 8-900 E ). Do they justify the price or are they overpriced ?

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Re: Tonearm suggestions for Technics SL-150/1500?

Post by ripblade » 26 May 2019 15:55

I bought a MkII that came with a Mission 774 arm. Fits the standard SME type armboard these were often sold with.

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Re: Tonearm suggestions for Technics SL-150/1500?

Post by sasi » 26 May 2019 17:52

The Technics tonearms are not bad. They have a good geometry and extremely low vertical and lateral friction. They are not low mass but rather medium.

To improve upon them, you should consider the tonearm as part of the cart/tonearm combo. If you want to mount a high compliance cart, you should aim for a low mass tonearm - a high quality medium mass tonearm will not do.

I have had extremely good results mounting MC carts on every SME mount Technics TT I have.

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Re: Tonearm suggestions for Technics SL-150/1500?

Post by T.O.S. » 26 May 2019 18:43

sasi wrote:
26 May 2019 17:52
The Technics tonearms are not bad. They have a good geometry and extremely low vertical and lateral friction. They are not low mass but rather medium.

To improve upon them, you should consider the tonearm as part of the cart/tonearm combo. If you want to mount a high compliance cart, you should aim for a low mass tonearm - a high quality medium mass tonearm will not do.

On my 1500 and D3 I try to find a solution to adapt some fluid damping system .

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