I got too curious about all things Grado after playing with the Platinum wood and I saw a new old stock Statement Reference 1 for a very good price so I bought it
I will have a proper listen later today if I have time or later this evening, but it is aligned and set up on the Technics and of course I have had a quick try, could not resist
Initial thoughts are stylus is much nicer as is the cantilever much finer than the Platinum. Surprised to about how low the gain is, I expected it to be more than my low output MC's but it seems about the same or lower than some. I had my DNM preamp set to MC and almost flat strap for loud. All good volume wise but it would have been nice to have it loud with the preamp having some reserve.. Anyway minor moan..
Initial thoughts and this was a quick listen from two record I know had issues with the Platinum is very good. These two record had sibilance on the highs with the Platinum wood this issue has gone with the Reference 1 just clean sweet highs. Bass is tidy too again gone is that muddled bottom end the Platinum wood had issues with.
Tonight I will do some side by sides with what I consider my reference cart which is my Decca super gold, so more later..