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In Reply to: RE: Cart for my new TT-VPI Classic 3 posted by Batman on June 12, 2017 at 18:46:50
Batman, I have a JMW10.5i on my beefed up Scout. Not exactly your configuration, but....
I have a Sumiko Celebration II (my 2nd one), which I love, but it's a bit out of your target price.
I also have a Grado Statement Reference that was about $1500 new. I also love it - no "Grado hum" problems, warm lush midrange, solid bass (maybe a WEE bit heavy in the bass), nice highs. Tracks well, good soundstage, etc. For a while, VPI was offering JMWs with pre-mounted Grados, so that's some kind of "endorsement".
Finally, I have an extra armwand on which I mounted an Ortofon Quintet Mono (about $525) for mono recordings. Harry more or less endorsed this when I posted a question on the VPI forum. I LOVE IT. If you have a fair amount of mono recordings, you might want to look at it.
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That would be a nice solution, having two armwands.
I bought my metal arm used, again per Harry's suggestion. There are a lot of people trading up to 3D arms so metal arms come up reasonably often. Be sure that the arm is compatible, though, as not every 10 inch arm will work. You might check with VPI, as well as some of their dealers to see what is available.
As I recall, about $1000 (yeah, not cheap!). I got mine through Elusive Disc or MusicDirect or one of those places. Mine is NOT the 3D version, but the Classic version.
Sure is convenient though! I can go from stereo to "true mono" in about 10 seconds! I do notice a difference between the mono cartridge and a stereo cartridge with the "mono" (or in my case "sum") switch engaged. Others believe there is no difference. For a REAL mono experience, shut off one channel and listen out of one speaker only!
I think it was George Harrison who said (upon seeing 2 speakers in the Apple Studios), "Why the hell would anyone need more than one speaker?"
Thanks, Rick! I think I'm gonna love this TT.
I always admired Mike's although I don't recall which VPI he had but I'm pretty sure he had a Dynavector 20X in his. We had some great times in his basement! Beer, ribs and music, it doesn't get much better than that.
I think Mike had an HW-19. I've loved my Scout since I got it back in 2005 (my god, that's twelve years ago!). Got the extra thick HRX-type platter, switched from JMW-9 to JMW-10.5i tone arm a few years later. I've thought about "upgrading", but then think "Why?" If I were buying today, I'd probably get a Prime or a Classic-3, though.
I think you'll love yours.
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