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Re: [ARSCLIST] Good industrial-strength LP cartridge for spoken-word material

Hi Tom,

I've been using the Stanton 500 MK II cartridge for many years with changeable styli to transfer all kinds of program material with excellent results.   So, I think that would be an excellent choice in my opinion.

Rod Stephens

--- On Sun, 4/19/09, Tom Fine <tflists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Tom Fine <tflists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Good industrial-strength LP cartridge for spoken-word material
> To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009, 3:07 PM
> A friend of mine has a really nice collection of spoken-word
> LPs he wants to get into his iPod for easier access.
> He's got a decent transfer setup, certainly of higher
> fidelity than most of these recordings. I got him set up
> with Technics SL1200 MK2 turntable. Now we're wondering
> about the best cartridge for the job. I was thinking
> something like a Shure M44 decendent, mainly because
> it's low-cost but effective and again will have better
> fidelity than most of these records. We were also thinking
> maybe a Stanton 500 or 720. Given that some of these records
> were really bad pressings (think limit-release stuff, very
> interesting content but very low-grade production and
> pressing), trackability would be a plus. Most of the LPs are
> in decent, good or excellent condition so the cartridge
> won't confront a tracking minefield in almost all cases.
> The tough cases, I told him we'd sort them out at my
> studio.
> So, the goal here is a low-cost but good quality cartridge
> that tracks loyally and isn't finicky and is durable
> enough to give him a good run for the money. Recommendations
> appreciated.
> -- Tom Fine

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