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

Hi tom,

If you use one of the Stantons, be sure to carefully observe the tracking force and anti-skate settings as they are somewhat higher than some other cartridges. I've been using these cartridges in SL1200s in radio stations for years. The only problems come when the DJs decide that their precious discs will be harmed by "all that force", and turn it down. Of course the opposite is true. Too light a force will cause mis-tracking and tear up the groove, but I'm sure that you already know that.

Bob Cham

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

 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

-- Tom Fine

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