Picking the right compliant cart for my Technics SL-1900/1950 turntable

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Picking the right compliant cart for my Technics SL-1900/1950 turntable

Post by sci85 » 19 Nov 2019 18:32

Hello folks,

I'm looking for a replacement cartridge and stylus for my Technics SL-1950 turntable. It has the familiar s-shaped tonearm and have read elsewhere that the 1900/1950 tonearm mass is 12 grams although the manual doesn't specifically state it. Anyway, I've been trying to find a decent setup but I'm confused on the whole resonant frequency and compliance calcs, tracking force, etc. I've looking at the Ortofon OM 5E, OM 10, Grado Black or something from AT in that range. The manual states the OEM headshell weight as 9.5g. Add that to the supposed 12g tonearm, and I am having a hard time finding something in the ideal 10Hz resonant frequency range using the online calculators. The Ortofon 5M states 20 but doesn't state at what frequency that measurement is at. The 10M is 25. The AT states 6.5 nut at 100Mhz.

So, I'm kinda lost in all the specs. And maybe I'm overthinking it all but I do want to get the best out of my simple setup.

So looking for advice or help in picking something that's a good match for this setup and is not too bright sounding.

Thanks!

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Re: Picking the right compliant cart for my Technics SL-1900/1950 turntable

Post by Alec124c41 » 20 Nov 2019 01:54

The tone-arm effective mass includes the original headshell.
Those cartridges should be fine on your arm.

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Re: Picking the right compliant cart for my Technics SL-1900/1950 turntable

Post by KentT » 20 Nov 2019 02:32

The Audio-Technica AT-VM or VM-95 series is perfect for your tonearm. And will serve you well. The Ortofon 2M Red or better yet the Blue are also recommended options. Or the Nagaoka.

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Re: Picking the right compliant cart for my Technics SL-1900/1950 turntable

Post by sci85 » 20 Nov 2019 14:01

Excellent. That helps thanks. Searching the web, it looks like the original cart was an EPC-270C-II. Anyone have any info on who made this cart and the stylus?

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Re: Picking the right compliant cart for my Technics SL-1900/1950 turntable

Post by sci85 » 20 Nov 2019 14:11

Here's what it looks like btw...Not sure if this is the original cart or not though.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7CKi ... J5YVNRUFgw

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7CKi ... RuNGhvWU1N

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Re: Picking the right compliant cart for my Technics SL-1900/1950 turntable

Post by Alec124c41 » 20 Nov 2019 19:29

Technics made the EPC cartridges. No more.

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Post by sci85 » 20 Nov 2019 20:23

Bingo. Thanks guys. Very helpful.

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Re: Picking the right compliant cart for my Technics SL-1900/1950 turntable

Post by Japi Roelofs » 20 Nov 2019 20:58

Collux wrote:
20 Nov 2019 19:29
Technics EPC-207C
viewtopic.php?t=10453
viewtopic.php?t=3497
Those links are for the EPC-207 cartridge, not the EPC-270. Completely different cartridge.

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Re: Picking the right compliant cart for my Technics SL-1900/1950 turntable

Post by Collux » 20 Nov 2019 22:32

Apologies -my bad......
-got them mixed up searching!

Here is the VE info for the Technics EPC-270C
https://www.vinylengine.com/library/tec ... 270c.shtml

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Re: Picking the right compliant cart for my Technics SL-1900/1950 turntable

Post by sci85 » 20 Nov 2019 22:55

Thanks for the links guys. It's quite apparent that although it's the original headshell, it's defintely not the EPC cart :-(

I'm guessing this one is some AT variant...
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7CKi ... J5YVNRUFgw
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7CKi ... RuNGhvWU1N

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Re: Picking the right compliant cart for my Technics SL-1900/1950 turntable

Post by Collux » 20 Nov 2019 23:23

Remove the cartridge from the headshell and it's very possible, identification will be seen on the top of the cart.

Then again, there are some quite skilled individuals here who will identify the cart from your images.

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