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Old 24th August 2014, 07:20 PM   #1
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Default Happy B'day to me - MC Cart Suggestions

I've survived another year more or less intact, and was thinking of gifting myself with a good MOR moving coil cartridge. I've been leaning toward getting an AT33PTGII based on comments here and elsewhere - the price isn't too ruinous. Are there any suggestions for an MC cart at a similar price point (~$500)?
Also, I have a choice of stepup transformers to initially use with said cartridge, as I've been semi-obsessively collecting iron of various sorts for a while now. I currently have a pair of Beyer microphone transformers, a pair of McGahan MC-2s, and a pair of Jensen JT-115Ks. Which would you use?

I have many options for the rest of the cartridge signal train, and I may consider building a booster later on with some of the BF862s or 2SK170s I have on hand.
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Old 24th August 2014, 08:39 PM   #2
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I've been leaning toward getting an AT33PTGII based on comments here and elsewhere - the price isn't too ruinous. Are there any suggestions for an MC cart at a similar price point (~$500)?
Nope, unless you want/like the elliptical stylus of the AT33EV. I'm using a low hours original PTG, and have worn out the stylus of another, which with be going to the SoundSmith fairly soon.

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Also, I have a choice of stepup transformers to initially use with said cartridge, as I've been semi-obsessively collecting iron of various sorts for a while now. I currently have a pair of Beyer microphone transformers, a pair of McGahan MC-2s, and a pair of Jensen JT-115Ks. Which would you use?
Try them all and pick your favorite. I'm using a Hag. Piccolo with my MC's.

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Old 25th August 2014, 04:16 PM   #3
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Default Try a Rondo Blue

They are phased out and cheaper if still available. It has proven to be excellent sounding and definitely reduces record noise from the AT-OC9 II that I was using prior to that. Excellent balance and imaging.
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The Rondo is ~300 dollars more than my price range.
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Old 25th August 2014, 07:47 PM   #5
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Some other possibilities in my price range might be Benz MC Gold, Dynavector 10X5 (High Output) and Ortofon Quintet Blue.
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Try to find Ortofon Salsa..
Goldring Elite is also very good..
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Old 25th August 2014, 09:11 PM   #7
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I'm also confining my search to currently manufactured cartridges, which leaves out the Ortofon Salsa.
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Old 25th August 2014, 09:59 PM   #8
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The Goldring Elite is about twice as much as I want to spend as well - I'm confining my search to cartridges in the ~500 dollar range, similar to the AT33PTG.
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I've survived another year more or less intact, and was thinking of gifting myself with a good MOR moving coil cartridge. I've been leaning toward getting an AT33PTGII based on comments here and elsewhere - the price isn't too ruinous. Are there any suggestions for an MC cart at a similar price point (~$500)?
Also, I have a choice of stepup transformers to initially use with said cartridge, as I've been semi-obsessively collecting iron of various sorts for a while now. I currently have a pair of Beyer microphone transformers, a pair of McGahan MC-2s, and a pair of Jensen JT-115Ks. Which would you use?

I have many options for the rest of the cartridge signal train, and I may consider building a booster later on with some of the BF862s or 2SK170s I have on hand.
Have you ever had a Denon DL 103 - it has a conical stylus. Very reasonable price too.
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I agree the Denon DL103 is not a bad choice. I have several and while it isn't my Lyra it does sound darn good and is great for DIY.
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