Christmas is coming . . .
. . . I'm posting this for the benefit of any shop (or indevidual) that might like to ad to the view, as expressed in the final paragraph. Or any I'm kicking the cartridge option about, place my order to day for a Rega after market, machined aluminium ISO-sub-platter and replacement Ruby bearing kit. What about the cartridge, at this moment I have a problem with waxed up ears, a problem I have suffered with from my teens, every 6 months its syringe time, all sorted next Monday morning, see the light from the other side . . . So, sub-platter evaluation then, live with it over Christmas if it 'does what it says on the tin' that is? Then between Christmas/New year, have the week off as holiday, the only official holiday I take all year. Jump in the car and drive a distance to audition M2 Blue v M2 Black, weather permitting? I've use a site that has 2 minute down load samples of various cartridges, some are a bit old, but I have the down loads samples for: Denon 304 Denon 160 Dynovector 10x5 Goldring 1042 Grado Ref Sonata 1 (master 1 UK) Decca Jubilee Ortofon M2 Black All strong contenders for my hard earned for various reasons at various times recently, there are other on the site, not to my liking, equally there are cartridges I have considered that are not there. So, I've don a lot of sampling over the past few weeks, but the ears have finally got me doubting my self, wheel Hazel in, bless her. I played random samples to her, she was totally blind, finally, three lots of three samples. She picked the same cartridge every time!!! with no prompting from me. I was surprised at the Sonata, £600, should have stood head and shoulders, I would have thought? We liked the Denon 304 a lot, but it was the finness of the M2 Black that won through for Hazel, and me, if truth were told. So its Ortofon M2 Black at the top of the shopping list, Denon 304 a close second and a considerable saving, the only dark horse and cheap option is the Grado Platinum 1, really well reviewed . . . I've not heard it but have the option to home dem, I think its probably on a par with the Blue, I already have that, so no point in a change for the sake of, so the Black will get a run out after Christmas Anyone reading this, if you have a suggestion . . . cartridge wise! . . . I'm all ears or will be on Monday, especially any shops that might like to offer an option and back up there sugestion, as I say, I'm doing the rounds in the Christmas , New Year week. CJSF