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  1. If not sold, I’ll take it. If you can post to adelaide- I’ll cover postage, of course. please let me know!
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    Maybe I have been looking at the is the wrong way... Other than tracking force, I've always trusted the factory set-up of the table. Maybe I need to look at tools/learning to optimise cartridge set-up first. I could get an Okki Nokki / Project VC-S now, as well as a good protractor (/+other recommended tools), then tackle cartridge in the coming months. Thoughts?
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    Wimbo, I appreciate the input. I should have been clearer in that I'm struggling to reconcile what people are saying with my own experience regarding the turntable. Maybe I just need exposure to better tables to appreciate the difference (you don't know what you don't know...)? I'll have an extra $1k or so available in March/April, and had mentally earmarked this for a record cleaning system, so it's not really a case of one versus the other, more a case of what comes first. I'm also not ruling out a better turntable in the future, which a new cart would be re-homed to. It's just a bridge too far right now. It's quite possible that the arm is the let-down here. Given that I can't swap the arm (it's a 9.5" effective length, but with project mounting, and no arm board on the table), I'll never know with this table.
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    Thank you for the offer - I'll likely take you up on it as I get closer to making a call!
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    Roger that. I’d actually be very keen to try a Nagaoka MP-200, which is arguably a steal at the sub$500 it can be had for, and seems to possess the traits that I value. Unfortunately it’s lower compliance make it unlikely to gel with my arm. Resonance at 14ish Hz...
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    Thanks Matty! I'll do a little research. The thing I'm struggling to come to grips with is the general dislike around here for music hall tables. When I bought the thing, I picked it (perhaps foolishly) over a Planar 3. I didn't do extensive research, however visited several dealers and listened to several systems. Based on living with the table for the past 10 years, I realise it isn't high-end, but I can't see it as a bad table. Perhaps there are quality issues and I got a good one? I don't know...
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    I should also add that I will also get a decent record cleaning machine, most likely in 2-3 months’ time.
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    Thanks, Grizzly. I really appreciate it. Right now, I work week days, my wife works Saturdays, and between us we look after the kids’s swimming, church and other social commitments on Sundays, so getting out on my own is a bit of a challenge. If it looks as though I’ll be going for a Benz, I’ll get in touch for a chance to hear the general Benz character before biting the bullet. 👍
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    I really appreciate everyone’s input and various points of view. Thank you. A backwards step, cartridge-wise is not one I’m willing to take. Here’s why. While there are differing views on the ability of the MMF 5.1 to support a $1500 (or even $1000) cartridge, I’ll say this for the old girl. Since replacing the motor, bearing and sub-platter, the table is SILENT. Both mechanically, and through the speakers. And, even with an aging Goldring 1012X, the new phono stage (Muse by AndyR) was a revelation. If the table is silent, and keeps a steady speed, from my point of view, the only possible let down may be the tonearm. By all accounts, it’s a decent (though not outstanding) arm. Speaking for mine (others may vary) I can say that it’s easy to balance and the bearings are still smooth. It also provides for azimuth and VTA adjustment. While the table may not release all of the performance of a better cartridge, I expect that a well-chosen cartridge in the $1000-$1500 range will result in a substantial increase in listening enjoyment. I fully expect that I will be in a position to buy a better turntable within the next five years, but for now, I must (and do) enjoy the table I’ve got. I already enjoy the sound, however would like a little more transient attack, as well as a more full midrange. What I need (from my point of view) to achieve with a new cartridge, is the ability to listen to busier/more complex passages without the music starting to sound confused. This jars me out of the listening experience. To me, this means a more advanced/aggressive stylus profile. Once again, I appreciate the input from everyone. I hope this additional context helps drive the discussion in a positive direction. Cheers!
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    Thanks Matty - I got that. Bummer that your table is out of action! Time will tell how patient a man I am. *drums fingers* I may find a way to listen to something from the Grado Statement stable in the mean time.
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    It seems my list of potential new cartridges are: Goldring 1042X Nagaoka MP500 Benz Ace or Glider Grado Statement Master 1 / 2 These will all fit within the $1500 budget, and should all be reasonably compatible with my tonearm (though resonance with the goldring may be a touch on the high side 12ish (Hz) and the grado a touch on the low side (8ish Hz). Regarding the effective mass of my arm, I got a fairly non-committal, although prompt, response of "around 7 grams" from Roy Hall. Based on data for Pro-ject's other arms, I'm still inclined to think that it is closer to 11g. I will also look into older carts as well, as recommended by several people here. Does anyone know of any remaining shops in Adelaide that have properly set up tables for demonstration - they seem pretty thin on the ground here... I need to narrow the field a bit in order to get closer to a decision. I'd not previously looked into the Grados and have to say that having done some reading, I am really keen to hear what Matty's can do! Cheers, all!
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    Thanks again for you insight, Andrew. Were these 4 cartridges MM? When I recently had the table apart to replace the motor, I noticed that the tonearm wires were a mess, with excess length stuffed into the RCA junction box below the tonearm mount. Thinking back, I also found things also improved when I began using a lower capacitance interconnect between the table and phono stage. It is possible that the arm wire has higher than ideal capacitance... I'll have a think about how to measure this.
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    Legend! My interest is definitely piqued! Any thoughts on the differences between version 1 and 2?
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    Thanks - looks like this was a one off, rather than a stocked item. I’ll keep and eye out 👍
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    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    Would you mind pm-ing me the supplier (if a shop?) I may go this way. Thanks.
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