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Posted on May 3, 2022 at 17:38:14
spindoctor
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I've been following then recent discourse on this subject. Interesting to me nobody seems mention Grado wood bodies which I've used for years. I find that they provide the detail of the recording while also maintaining the warmth, ambiance and presence that I desire. he ultimate question is "How much is system dependent?"

Sim

 

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I've always wanted to try a wood-bodied Grado., posted on May 4, 2022 at 03:04:15
ghost of olddude55
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But it's too late for me, there aren't going to be any upgrades or changes in my system until I sell everything off.
I have used a couple of regular Grado carts and while I liked the sound, they didn't track very well.

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RE: Cartridge Choice, posted on May 4, 2022 at 03:51:34
Capt. Z
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I just got a Grado Sonata, but I am moving house soon, so I will wait with the Installation until after. Looking forward hearing it.

 

I'm with you -- I love my Grado wood body (nt), posted on May 4, 2022 at 04:49:43
Chuck
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RE: Cartridge Choice, posted on May 4, 2022 at 08:49:38
Basher52
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Spindoctor, my experience has been with non-wood body Grado models, both current and 'vintage' (Signature TLZ). IMO their voicing provides very attractive musical performance within or above their price points though as with any component, system compatibility should be considered along with personal preferences. Trackability is excellent too (assumes proper set-up including tone-arm resonance and mass). The only negative has been the 60hz hum endemic to the brand ...- which varies by cart model, turntable / motor design. Dunno if this shielding issue has finally been resolved by John, Jonathan or someone else. PS - their long discontinued PH-1 phono amp has been a long term joy in my analog system and one of the very best buys I've ever made.

 

RE: Cartridge Choice, posted on May 4, 2022 at 14:06:12
spindoctor
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You know, I'm aware of the hum problem but have never experienced it in my system. I consider myself fortunate because I just enjoy the music. I'm pretty eclectic in that I listen to classical, folk, rock, jazz and a little country. The Grado does the music justice.
Sim

 

RE: Cartridge Choice, posted on May 7, 2022 at 19:32:46
flood2
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My experience with Grado cartridges was that they have very variable quality control despite their claims. On the plus side, if you return the product to them, they will remedy it, but the customer shouldn't be expected to be the Final Quality Inspector!

The issues I had were skewed cantilevers, poor tracking and bad stylus alignment. I also had a Prestige Silver stylus with epoxy on the tip. All of these issues were resolved by them - the replacement cartridge tracked very well in the end, but the Silver stylus had a huge zenith error.

Given my experiences at the "budget" end of the Grado range, I am unlikely to ever spend more money on their products and certainly wouldn't expect the wood bodies to be any better in quality.

Having said that, those who have used their wood bodies, rate them very highly. So it may just be that I have been very unlucky.
Regards Anthony

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RE: Cartridge Choice, posted on May 8, 2022 at 05:54:53
spindoctor
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My experience with the wood bodies has been the opposite of yours, granted I only own two: a Sonata and a Statement. Although I've wondered what I may miss with others, I suspect I'd have to spend a lot more money to improve the sound. I'd love to try a ZYX, a Sumiko Celebration, a Van Den Hull Frog, Analog Relax EX 1000, and any of the Koetsu cartridges.

Sim

 

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