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im also a big fan of the Slee product and have recently used loaner program on one of the higher spec models.  Will be pulling the trigger very soon.

 

i've had the Vincent PHO8 (still have it here boxed up) but have recently grabbed the Schiit Mani and rate it. AT95 as above is also a great starter. 

 

I'dd suggest if you want to make a solid start and not look to get upgradeitis too soon grab a Schiit Mani and a Nagaoka MP-110 cartridge.  That'll sort you out and i reckon keep you smiling for a long while.  Only problem is you might get spoilt with what you hear and thats when the sideways and illusive sound improvement hunt begins :lol:

 

enjoy

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Garrott K2 and K3. You can get K3s for under $400. Excellent MM cart and one which took me from MCs back to MM. And one of my Mimic battery MM phono preamps.

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Buy 08Boss302 PHO-8 if he will sell it to you, then when you want to upgrade your cart to MC you can still use the PHO-8.

I run a Shure V15 and a AT OC9 and both sound great through the Vincent.

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Or go with MW's recommendations.

 

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Thanks all for the many posts and wealth of information.  It's greatly appreciated...

 

On ‎31‎/‎03‎/‎2018 at 9:20 AM, 08Boss302 said:

im also a big fan of the Slee product and have recently used loaner program on one of the higher spec models.  Will be pulling the trigger very soon.

 

i've had the Vincent PHO8 (still have it here boxed up) but have recently grabbed the Schiit Mani and rate it. AT95 as above is also a great starter. 

 

I'dd suggest if you want to make a solid start and not look to get upgradeitis too soon grab a Schiit Mani and a Nagaoka MP-110 cartridge.  That'll sort you out and i reckon keep you smiling for a long while.  Only problem is you might get spoilt with what you hear and thats when the sideways and illusive sound improvement hunt begins :lol:

 

enjoy

Funny you should mention the Schiit Mani & MP-110 as that's what I finished up deciding on - just waiting on the items to arrive.  Hopefully won't catch upgradeitis anytime soon... :)

 

Just have to do some reading on cartridge setup now...

 

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I had a crack at it and it took some time but I’m content with it now.

just ensure you are gentle and take your time, 15min longer at set up will save disappointment imo 

i used a cartridge alignment template that came with my table that is baerwald alignment.

On the Sl1200 I think I need a spacer for correct vta so I’ve ordered one but once it arrives I’ll listen and see what if any difference it makes. 

Its a fantastic cartridge. 

 

the Mani is great, set it at 42db gain and give it a bit of burn in time, you’ll be happy. I also bought a swagman linear psu to match it, not sure how much difference it’s made but it’s there now  

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      Led Zeppelin    Led Zeppelin I    2014    EX+    EX+    Atlantic Records    8122796460    Europe    Trifold 3XLP Deluxe 180 Gram    $50.00
      Mal Waldron    Left Alone    1986    EX-    EX-    Bethlehem    PAP23001    Japan    Insert    $16.00
      Peter Gabriel    Peter Gabriel IV    1982    VG+    EX    Charisma    25S137    Japan/Obi    Promo Insert    $80.00
      Rush    Exit Stage Left    1981    EX-    EX-    Epic    363P325    Japan/Obi    RED Obi GateFold Insert    $42.00
      Stevie Wonder    Songs In The Key Life    1976    EX-    EX-    Motown    VIP6364    Japan includes  7" Single 2XLP GateFold Booklet Insert    $42.00
      Various    Greenpeace Rainbow Warriors    1989    EX    EX+    GPLP2001    Rock    USA    2XLP Gatefold    $5.00









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