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RE: CartridgeCompatibility

Do you have the "Series II S2 improved arm" or the "Series II improved arm". If the former then the arm mass is 9.5g. If the latter then it is 6.5g - the figure someone gave you at 12.5g is for the Series II arm.

The trend at the moment for MCs is for medium to lower compliance. So if you have the 6.5g arm, they wouldn't be such a great match - you should stick with (say) a Denon DL304 as your best match (for a high compliance MC). The 9.5g mass is still on the light side for the lower compliance Ortofons but still workable.

The MMs currently available aren't of the same standard they would have been at the height of vinyl in the late 70s, early 80s. I would suggest (if you like a neutral tonal balance) to stick with an MC. The higher end AT MMs like the 150MLX are on the bright/cool side of neutral. Whilst technically superb, they just don't sound right to me.
Regards Anthony

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