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Old 6th April 2008, 09:06 AM   #11
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I believe you should consider the best Shure cartridge your budget allows.

Stylus replacement is easy and they are readily available, with a wide range of stylii types available.

You can even get them for 78's.

Shure's are tough and will track anything, and if you are transferring to CD anyway, then the final smidgin of quality is not required anyway...

Regards, Allen
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Old 7th April 2008, 10:36 AM   #12
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Originally posted by jeff spall

Sorry mate, they're not moving magnet cartridges, they're variable reluctance/"moving iron" type, like the Grados are. Both those guys started out by being Decca distributors/rebuilders, which is why I guess they still go for the VR generators.
People (even reviewers) mix these cartridges up because they have the same kind of output and loading as MMs, but the construction's very different. You can't change the cantilever/stylus assembly on them.

.....but you're right, they are damn good!
Sorry, my mistake. But they have similar output and compliance to a MM and can be used in place of a MM.
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Old 7th April 2008, 02:31 PM   #13
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sorry, i haven't yet been able to find the models i referred to earlier ...

Originally posted by mlloyd1
thanks for asking ...

i'd like to know this also since my shure v15v-mr is on the way out after many years of good service.

my table is a denon 37f with original arm - not a sonic "drooler", but it serves my needs and my wife likes the way it looks.

i haven't heard these yet but i've been pointed to one or two Audio Technica models that I haven't heard yet. I'll find the model numbers and mention them back here ...

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Old 7th April 2008, 03:18 PM   #14
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I had the:
Shure Ultra 500
Shure V15VxMR

Goldring 1042

In comparison I preferred:
The Goldring for its overall better tonal balance.
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Old 7th April 2008, 04:28 PM   #15
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Another vote here for the Goldring 1042.
An excellent cart at any price, and relatively inexpensive compared with the competition (in acoustic terms).
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Old 8th April 2008, 02:32 AM   #16
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The Nagaoka cartridges are available again. They have an excellent reputation.
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Old 8th April 2008, 07:28 AM   #17
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Default Goldring 1042 ...

thanks for the goldring 1042 recommendations; definately sounds like a cartridge worth investigating.
what R-C loading is needed for it? any special arm considerations/concerns (mass compliance, etc.)?

thx in advance,
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Old 8th April 2008, 11:53 AM   #18
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It would help if you gave information on the arm and deck that you plan to use.

Also I am not sure if you want to change from mc or if you want to specially use an mm cartridge.

I mention this because if you have an arm or deck with any damping then I would consider the decca, garrott and musicmaker cartridges. They are all superb - and I think better than mm cartridges currently available. Also the decca's you can change out easily.

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Old 8th April 2008, 05:00 PM   #19
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Not a mooving magnet but high output moving coil that plugs straight into moving magnet input is the Denon DL 110 and 160 always get an excellent rating
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Old 8th April 2008, 09:43 PM   #20
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I'd think that you would need a REALLY good sound card in the computer to come anywhere near the quality of even the GoldRing or Grado Gold. And I would rate the GoldRing as comparable to the Gold Grado, not a wood Grado. I think the Goldrings are vastly more highly rated in the UK than here in the Colonies. I wonder why that is? To me, it would really have to be some rare vinyl to warrant the time and effort. I'm not sure I understand the prejudice between the moving iron and the moving magnet cartridges. To me, the bottom line is always going to be "what's this thing going to cost me, and how does it sound?" Example. I lined my old B&O cabinets with 1" thick MDF, so they are almost 2" thick. Stuffed some Dynaudio drivers in, with Foster ribbon tweeters. My son has a pair of B&W Nautalus speakers that look like they came from Captain Nemo's Underworld Paradise. Do they sound better than my Kluge Speakers. You bet. Way better. But with the cash gap I could by a nice used Corvette.
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