What's your "Go To" test LP to evaluate a Cart?

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What's your "Go To" test LP to evaluate a Cart?

Post by Boltman92124 » 04 Jan 2019 17:08

Or one of them at least>
I have a number of 45rpm Classical LP's that are great test records. But for R&R, I like this one alot. It is a new re-issue and has some awesome, almost subsonic low frequencies. It's also a great "jump factor" LP. All sorts of interesting things to check out across the frequency range.
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Re: What's your "Go To" test LP to evaluate a Cart?

Post by Rosewood » 04 Jan 2019 18:58

Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto "Featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim".
Sting: "The Soul Cages".
Miles Davis/Marcus Miller: "Siesta".
Joni Mitchell: "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter".
Charles Mingus: "Mingus Ah Um".
Ry Cooder: "Jazz".
Roger Waters: "Amused To Death".
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Re: What's your "Go To" test LP to evaluate a Cart?

Post by MCM_Fan » 04 Jan 2019 19:06

I have several, but this one usually gets the first spin:

https://i.postimg.cc/zf0qjyTf/Crime-of- ... -M32-E.jpg

I bought it new, directly from Mobile Fidelity back in 1979. I am intimately familiar with the material and have played it on every table and cartridge I have ever owned.

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Re: What's your "Go To" test LP to evaluate a Cart?

Post by denvertrakker » 04 Jan 2019 19:12

Little Feat - Waiting For Columbus (usually for "Spanish Moon")
Ry Cooder - Bop Til You Drop (for "The Very Thing")
Robert Cray - False Accusations
Kate Wolf - Give Yourself To Love (for "Who Knows Where The Time Goes")
Anything by David Grisman
Jade Warrior - Kites
Andy Narell - Light In Your Eyes

I also have a lousy pressing of "Stone Poneys and Friends" with Linda Ronstadt. If a cart can track "Let's Get Together" properly, it's a winner.

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Re: What's your "Go To" test LP to evaluate a Cart?

Post by Boltman92124 » 04 Jan 2019 19:40

Rosewood wrote:
04 Jan 2019 18:58
Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto "Featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim".
Sting: "The Soul Cages".
Miles Davis/Marcus Miller: "Siesta".
Joni Mitchell: "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter".
Charles Mingus: "Mingus Ah Um".
Ry Cooder: "Jazz".
Roger Waters: "Amused To Death".
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Ooh, The Soul Cages in vinyl! Certainly one of the best CD's I have. Great album. I need to look for a vinyl version!

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Post by Boltman92124 » 04 Jan 2019 19:41

MCM_Fan wrote:
04 Jan 2019 19:06
I have several, but this one usually gets the first spin:

https://i.postimg.cc/zf0qjyTf/Crime-of- ... -M32-E.jpg

I bought it new, directly from Mobile Fidelity back in 1979. I am intimately familiar with the material and have played it on every table and cartridge I have ever owned.
Nice. I have the regular re-issue LP..kind of disappointed in it. Also picked up Even in the Quietest Moments used..has some groove damage.

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Post by Boltman92124 » 04 Jan 2019 19:43

denvertrakker wrote:
04 Jan 2019 19:12
Little Feat - Waiting For Columbus (usually for "Spanish Moon")
Ry Cooder - Bop Til You Drop (for "The Very Thing")
Robert Cray - False Accusations
Kate Wolf - Give Yourself To Love (for "Who Knows Where The Time Goes")
Anything by David Grisman
Jade Warrior - Kites
Andy Narell - Light In Your Eyes

I also have a lousy pressing of "Stone Poneys and Friends" with Linda Ronstadt. If a cart can track "Let's Get Together" properly, it's a winner.
Right! Rondstadt is a good test for sibilance. I've got a few used Linda LPs. Love the music though.

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Re: What's your "Go To" test LP to evaluate a Cart?

Post by Needler » 04 Jan 2019 20:02

Telark 1812 overture. Third canon blast. You can see the skid marks on my vinyl where styluses pop out of the groove.

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Post by andybeau » 04 Jan 2019 20:15

Needler wrote:
04 Jan 2019 20:02
Telark 1812 overture. Third canon blast. You can see the skid marks on my vinyl where styluses pop out of the groove.
+1 for the above

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Re: What's your "Go To" test LP to evaluate a Cart?

Post by ravelax » 05 Jan 2019 00:50

I use a near mint 70's pressing of Deutsche Grammophon 139 133 SLPM, Anton Bruckners third symphony performed by the Bavarian radio symphony orchestra under the direction of Eugen Jochum. It's a very fine performance and recording, but the inner grooves seem to be tricky for most of my cartridges to track, resulting in a very light fuzz over the music. The only one of my cartridges that I've managed to track it perfectly with is the Goldring G900IGC with original stylus, at the recommended 1.25g. So that's my reference for good tracking. If a cartridge is able to track the inner grooves of this record well it should be able to handle anything else in my collection.

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Post by Alec124c41 » 05 Jan 2019 04:01

Add Leonard Slatkin/Gershwin "An American in Paris."
Close your eyes, and see where you are sitting in the concert hall.
Cantate Domine. How big is the church?
Jazz at the Pawnshop. Where is that waitress with the beer?
Clarity, bass and treble extension and balance, and a sense of space and presence, make the magic for me.

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Re: What's your "Go To" test LP to evaluate a Cart?

Post by EdAInWestOC » 05 Jan 2019 09:20

MCM_Fan wrote:
04 Jan 2019 19:06
I have several, but this one usually gets the first spin:

https://i.postimg.cc/zf0qjyTf/Crime-of- ... -M32-E.jpg

I bought it new, directly from Mobile Fidelity back in 1979. I am intimately familiar with the material and have played it on every table and cartridge I have ever owned.
I totally agree. I have that pressing and the UHQR of that LP. Both are excellent but the UHQR is awesome.

It is an excellent recording and superb music with dynamic swings that test a system. I used the UHQR as my "go to" LP until the new MoFi came out with the UD1S series. The UD1S of Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water is stunning and is more demanding than the Supertramp UHQR.

I never could imagine me saying that but it shows what modern techniques can accomplish. The UD1S of Donald Fagen - The Nightfly is also superb and another system test LP. The many modern reissues, mastered at 45RPM, are a source for outstanding LPs.

The Analogue Productions Blood, Sweat and Tears box set, called Bloodlines, is a source of great "go to" tracks. Highly recommended at 45RPM. I believe it is also available at 33RPM but I can't comment on those.

The MoFi 45RPM pressing of Brothers In Arms is also another "go to" LP. MoFi has reissued a whole line of 45RPM LPs and all of them, that I have tried, are excellent. If you like Bob Dylan, the MoFi 45RPM greatest hits reissue is anther great reissue.

I am awaiting the Analogue Productions of the UHQR of Axis - Bold As Love. I put that one on pre-order back when Acoustic Sounds started taking orders for that release. Pre-production test pressings of that release have received very positive remarks. We are living in a great time for LP collectors.

Ed

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Re: What's your "Go To" test LP to evaluate a Cart?

Post by vanakaru » 05 Jan 2019 11:30

Pink Floyd Wish... has faint tinkling synth sound in first few grooves. Not all carts can pick this up nicely.
BTO Not Fragile gets the test run for dynamic range.
100 Strings for tracking abilities.
Thin Lizzy Jailbreak copy I have is rather difficult to play for many carts without sounding messy. I thought the pressing was bad for some time before I put it under MC cart.

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Re: What's your "Go To" test LP to evaluate a Cart?

Post by Dr_Wu » 05 Jan 2019 18:09

Fleetwood Mac, "Fleetwood Mac"
Steely Dan, "Aja"
Nickel Creek, "A Dotted Line"
Clapton and Cale, "Road to Escondido"

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Re: What's your "Go To" test LP to evaluate a Cart?

Post by Eric Auer » 06 Jan 2019 00:22

I have several but this one gets played first almost every time a new cart/stylus shows up.

https://image.ibb.co/bNSahH/IMG-20180406-2100070.jpg

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