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

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

Post by stevoz » 12 Jan 2019 03:08

Boltman92124 wrote:
04 Jan 2019 19:41
MCM_Fan wrote:
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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.
Beautiful LP that one. I don't have the MOFI version, just a stock reissue.....but I do have Supertramp's 'Brother Where You Bound'. IMO, a far superior recording to 'Crime' and my Oz 1st pressing is seriously good (for an Oz pressing :) but seriously, for any pressing). It would probably give the MOFI 'Crime' a run for it's money.....it's that good.....and one of my prime 'go to' LP's for SQ. =D>

Of course, one test LP isn't enough, so here are some of my other 'go to' LP's:

Thriller - Michael Jackson (Dutch 1st pressing)
Nightclubbing - Grace Jones
The Man Machine - Kraftwerk
WTTPD - FGTH (ie: Frankie Goes etc)
Stone - OST (1974 Oz bikie movie)
So - Peter Gabriel (45rpm version)
Nothing Like The Sun - Sting
Jeannie Lewis - Free Fall Through Featherless Flight
Once Upon A Time - Simple Minds
See Ya Round - Split Enz (final album)
.....and most Dixie Dregs LP's :D

.....and even more that I can't remember at the moment. 8)

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

Post by MoPho » 12 Jan 2019 16:23

Lately I've been realigning my 2 carts using the Beatles Mono (for sibilance), Nightfly, Yes Fragile (Roundabout and Long distance Runaround). The Donald Fagen Cheap Xmas box set is amazing

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

Post by Boltman92124 » 12 Jan 2019 17:06

Good stuff everybody! I have a nice list of new LPs to go after!!

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

Post by AdlerW » 13 Jan 2019 01:28

The other day I was listening to my Colin Davis recording of Berlioz's Requiem on Philips. Talk about a torture test. The insanity of the "Tuba Mirum" section will push any cart to its limits. The VM95ML had no problems tracking it, though I may have blown out my eardrums listening to it.

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

Post by stevoz » 13 Jan 2019 04:08

Oh, I forgot to add one of my absolute faves for SQ to my above list....I don't how I forgot this one.

Donald Fagen's 'The Nightfly'.....digitally recorded but sublime on vinyl.

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

Post by EdAInWestOC » 13 Jan 2019 06:10

stevoz wrote:
13 Jan 2019 04:08
Oh, I forgot to add one of my absolute faves for SQ to my above list....I don't how I forgot this one.

Donald Fagen's 'The Nightfly'.....digitally recorded but sublime on vinyl.
The Nightfly is good and you should here the MoFi UD1S pressing of that title. That is very impressive.

Ed

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

Post by MoPho » 13 Jan 2019 15:22

Kamakiriad also - the stand alone vinyl will cost you the same as the Cheap Xmas box set - and you get Morph The Cat (GREAT BASS on title track!) and Sunken Condos as well.

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

Post by PioneerFan » 14 Jan 2019 17:03

John Coltrane's A Love Supreme

Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue

Miles Davis Live At Newport 1958

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

Post by Boltman92124 » 14 Jan 2019 18:56

stevoz wrote:
13 Jan 2019 04:08
Oh, I forgot to add one of my absolute faves for SQ to my above list....I don't how I forgot this one.

Donald Fagen's 'The Nightfly'.....digitally recorded but sublime on vinyl.
Yes I have the latest re-issue. It's a bargain at $24 or whatever it costs. Didn't feel the need for the mega buck 45rpm version.

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

Post by Boltman92124 » 14 Jan 2019 18:59

MoPho wrote:
13 Jan 2019 15:22
Kamakiriad also - the stand alone vinyl will cost you the same as the Cheap Xmas box set - and you get Morph The Cat (GREAT BASS on title track!) and Sunken Condos as well.
Right. Haven't been able to find Morph or Kamakiriad as single re-issue from the Box set. Have Nightfly and Sunken Condos though.

Morph might be one of the best recordings ever..even on CD. Amazing slam like you said.

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

Post by Sunwire » 14 Jan 2019 21:08

Well recorded and well-pressed:
Hot Tuna - Burgers - very dynamic with great bass sound and lots of detail
Bruce Cockburn - Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws - great bass and nice dynamics
Opus 3 Test Records 1 (Depth of Image), 2 (Timbre), and 3 (Dynamics).
Frank Sinatra - Strangers in the Night - great 3D image of the band and singer
Grateful Dead - American Beauty - a record I know so well that if I can hear something new on it, I know I've got a real improvement
HiFi News Test Record #2 - to check basic performance in order to evaluated stylus condition and help set VTF and anti-skate
I have been slowly collecting other test and demonstration records, but have not really figured out which ones are most useful yet.
I have:
Shure TTR117 - the V15 type V Audio Obstacle Course
CBS Labs STR100 - Stereo Frequency Test Record
CBS Labs STR112 - Square Wave, Tracking, and Intermodulation Tests
Carver Electronics Corporation ‎– Sonic Hologram (TM) Demonstration - Calibration - Test Record C-4000
Ohm - Stereo Imaging Demonstration Record

I stopped buying new records back in the 1980s and don't plan to ever start again. A lot of my collection is from thrift stores, garage sales, etc. With the exception of the test records listed above, I almost never pay more than $1 for a record. Most were 10 cents to 25 cents. While many of these records are in good condition (I look at the surface before I buy), I've inherited batches of records that sat in basements for decades or were trashed in various other ways.
I want to digitize a lot of these records and want to figure out which cartridge/stylus combinations will dig the most information out of the grooves while disguising as much of the noise as possible.
My two go-to records for testing this are:
- the Hollies Greatest Hits that was played a lot with a crappy stylus (and wasn't an audiophile recording/pressing anyway). It has scratches and groove damage.
- RCA VICS-1060 - Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer, Piano with Boston Symphony /Charles Munch: Dukas - The Sorcerer's Apprentice; Ravel - Mother Goose Suite; d'Indy - Symphony on a French Mountain Air. This record was covered in mold and other junk and has a pretty noisy background even after multiple ultrasonic cleanings

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

Post by Boltman92124 » 16 Jan 2019 00:30

Eric Auer wrote:
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

Eric
Just ordered the 75th anniv Blue Note re-press, along with Adams Apple (1966).

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

Post by Egters » 18 Jan 2019 13:50

That Wayne Shorter album is wonderful! Those 50s/60s Blue Notes are always monumental, always give me a 'flash from the past' effect.

Is it an original 1960s copy or a later reissue? The matte finish of the cover suggests it's an original. A real treasure in that case. Enjoy it! :-)

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

Post by jagermonster » 05 Apr 2019 01:43

https://cdn2.thelineofbestfit.com/image ... pirit1.jpg

Amazing sonics on this record, and most importantly, damned good songs.

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

Post by vanakaru » 05 Apr 2019 09:29

I found another album that will torture cartridge fair amount. Dalida "Coup de chapeau au passe'" Orlando IS Records is recorded in really wide range. If played with good and well set-up cart it sounds fantastic - the upper range is sparkly and brilliant. However if cart has difficulties you hear most terrible sibilance both on vocals and strings through-out the record.