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In Reply to: RE: What cartridge to complete system; AR-XA, AR Integrated, AR3's posted by briggs on May 19, 2017 at 17:17:56
I recall that my Marantz Model 18 did a fine job of driving my AR3a's. That receiver cost a whole month of post doc stipend in '67. I still have the speakers and receiver sitting on a shelf. Not sure whether I still have the AR table, but if I do it will have the Shure V15 II cartridge.
I just bought a Shure M97xE cartridge. I still have not installed it in my ARXA that I just finished fixing up. I also bought a Grado Green cartridge.
One thing I picked up is that with a new Hurst motor installed in the AR the Grado will hum. Even though I bought a new motor I got the old one to work by dripping 3/1 oil on the pulley shaft, Wayners tip from Audio by VanAlstine. My Grado will go in my Technics SL-23, 25.00 new at a yard sale, mint.
I'd like to see what you observe if you install a Shure and vise versa.
Whats funny to me was when I received the cartridges in the mail.
The Grado looks like it was packaged in Tom Thumbs used toilet paper roll while the Shure, thats even cheaper,Parts Express, comes in a package that resembles a Cross pen and pencil set or a Rolex watch package even though I've never seen one. The Shure comes with a stylus cleaning brush and a little screw driver in the package inlay. Once you got your cartridge installed you could use the box for a cigar case or something else you might smoke!
I've had my new record needles for a few months and still have not installed them as I drifted off to other projects. I need a shove to get back motivated into the vinyl side. Maybe you can give me a push.....thanks Mark Korda.
I think the M97xe, brush down/AR damping disabled, will work great. Let us know what you think!
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