A victim of the "Grado Dance", I decided to replace my Grado Blue with another cartridge. My dealer installed a Sumiko Pearl, Now, I have no dancing stylus issues, but the high frequencies are now gone from my LP's. It sounds like someone threw a towel over my speakers. The dealer is an avid vinyl fan, and mounted to cartridge for me, so I'm thinking he probably got the alignment right.
What could be causing the lack of highs? Incidentally, I swapped turntables to make sure my receiver wasn't the problem, and the other TT sounded fine.
I have a Pearl (although currently not in service). It is a rather "tall" cartridge and it would thus not be surprising if VTA is a bit off. My experience with the Pearl was that it was a bit "wimpy" in the low end. I don't recall constriction on the high end.
If your table and arm allow for it, you might try raising the VTA (bring it up in back a bit). If you're not sure about doing that, check the archives under "VTA" and the FAQ link at the top of this page.
By the way, as much as you may trust your dealer in setting up your cartridge, nobody will be as fussy about it as you will once you hear the difference tiny changes in alignment can make. Worth taking the time to master. FAQs are also a good place to start for this.
Unfortunately, no adjustable VTA on my table. I watched the dealer do the alignment using a protractor, etc. He shoed me the finished alignment and it look OK.
Definitely true, Bags. ..."nobody will be as fussy about it as you will"...
From experience, the Pearl is actually a nice, workmanlike cartridge that hasn't got the sophistication of a good MC, but can be dialled in just fine and sounds right.
good luck to Whell
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