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RE: Hagerman Piccolo Zero Headamp

"I agree with the dynamic compliance changing but isn't this the nature of the beast? "

To the best of my understanding, not until now.

Loading a 10 ohm cartridge at 100 ohms (or even 50 ohms) won't do much, if anything, to damp the physical movement of the cantilever (and is only intended to damp the electrical self resonance of the windings). But loading a 10 ohm cartridge at 1 ohm gives a damping factor of 10 and .5 ohms would be a damping factor of 20 so the actual movements of the cantilever would be pretty well damped at that point. I would think loading the same at zero ohms would dramatically stiffen the compliance. (I am thinking in terms of speaker damping here)

The user would need a tonearm with a much higher effective mass or end up with a very high tonearm/cartridge resonant frequency excitable by the music in the groove.

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Edits: 01/30/24

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