Stanton D810 stylus and which turntable to use?

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Stanton D810 stylus and which turntable to use?

Post by DarthMaul » 17 Jun 2019 02:37

Which turntable and tonearm would be better suited for using my Stanton D810 mono LP stylus? It's got a big fat cantilever. The cartridge is high compliance normally. I have two turntables I can use it with, each with a different tonearm:

Thorens TD126 MK III with SME 3009 Series III tonearm
Technics SL-1200MK2 with stock tonearm

Which is the better choice for this?

One problem I have with it is that its cantilever is skewed to the right, and it requires a maximum of 5 grams of tracking force. Should I use my Denon DL-102 or Denon DL-103R instead? I'm asking as I'm getting closer to listening to an old mono recording of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier by Wanda Landowska. Need to know what cartridge out of these might bring out the best in that recording. I can only use the Denon cartridges I have with my SL-1200. The SME tonearm I have is too low mass for them.

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Re: Stanton D810 stylus and which turntable to use?

Post by DarthMaul » 17 Jun 2019 21:32

Does anybody have an opinion which turntable I should use? I have a way to hook up both at once, since I have a small amplifier being stored under the main one.

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Re: Stanton D810 stylus and which turntable to use?

Post by DarthMaul » 18 Jun 2019 03:58

I should consider this: My Technics SL-1200MK2 is capable of a higher anti-skate setting than the TD126 MK III is, but the TD-126 MK III is capable of better sound quality, despite taking much longer to get completely warmed up. I have not tried this box set with my DL-103R. Max 2.5 grams will result in less wear on the records than the 5 grams of the D810. Would the skewing on my D810 stylus cause an issue even though the stylus is a 1 mil conical? Note that if I use it on my Thorens TD126 MK III, I am not changing the alignment. Don't want to redo it when the D98IIs gets reinstalled. But using the Technics turntable for this record set will mean the Thorens doesn't get a stylus change. But perhaps the Technics SL-1200 might be the better choice considering the D810's cantilever is probably more stiff.

Folks, I need a reply soon. I will get to that box set tomorrow, since the last remaining Handel record I bought on the Decca label was missing the Water Music Suite in G Major. Ended up buying a copy with the light blue Decca label. I estimate I will get past the Goldberg Variations and Bach's sonata albums before it gets to me.

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Re: Stanton D810 stylus and which turntable to use?

Post by DarthMaul » 18 Jun 2019 21:50

I am going to set up my Denon 103R and see how it sounds compared to using the Stanton D810. Whatever sound is the superior one I will use. This will determine which turntable gets used for the Bach Well-Tempered Clavier records by Wanda Landowska I have on RCA Victor.

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