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Old 23rd March 2008, 05:35 PM   #1
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Question Cartridge and Tonearm suggestions.

I want to spend up to 250 on a tone arm and 300-450 on a cartridge was just wonder what my best options in these price ranges are? Also what is the advantage to using an S style tonearm versus a straight tonearm? One of the tone arms I was thinking of is a Jelco SA-250 or SA-250ST. I might be willing to spend more on the tone arm but then that would be less on the cartridge and upgrade the cartridge later. In that scenario I was thinking the Jelco SA-750D. The SA-250 is around 200-250 and the SA-750D I found for about 400. Are there better tonearms out there then these for around the same price?
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Old 24th March 2008, 07:22 PM   #2
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Was thinking of maybe trying a Grado Prestige Gold cartridge. And at this point I'm leaning towards the Jelco SA-250. Do you guys think this would be a good combo? I've listened to my friends Music Hall MMF-5.1 and I'd like a cartridge/tonearm combo thats at least a step above what comes with that TT. Does a cartridge depend on what my music preference and what not is?
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Old 27th March 2008, 01:23 AM   #3
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I could give you an old Grado FT-3 that I think has a Gold stylus in it. Lots of mile on it, but still sounds great. Then you could spend a fortune on a tonearm. Like a Rega RB-250, with a rewire kit, ceramic bearings, HeavyWeight counter-weight.
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Old 27th March 2008, 03:58 AM   #4
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That would be awesome I'll probably be building a linear tracking air bearing tonearm though. But still would be greatly appreciated of the cartridge At least it could hold me over for a while, while I work out kinks and what not. Shoot me an email doug dot dale at gmail dot com.
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