Well I swapped one end of the RCAs and of course it moved the horn section to the opposite speaker. I played it on my other table and it was balanced left to right so I realized it was the SPU cartridge contributing. I switched the preamp to Mono and it corrected it. I’m thinking I need to set up that arm again. It’s an SME 3009 unimproved. It was rebuilt by SME last year and has the extra weight system for the SPU. What I forgot is that I added a fluid damper to the arm without readjusting anti skate. I bet it has way too much pull to the outside of the record. I likely should have backed off on the anti skate when I added the trough. Well at least I know what’s likely happening. It’s odd though that I never sensed a channel imbalance prior to this. Adrian
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Mono LPs can sound absolutely wonderful, and in some cases, you don’t miss stereo. This is because your brain is doing the work of supplying a stereo- like image. Your brain knows where the horns are usually located in an orchestra, and likewise where the violins are located, etc. In addition to that the recording, even with a mono microphone and mono mode picks up phase differences among instruments, and the many sources in an orchestra, and that may contribute to the sensation of a stereo image. However, if you interrogate yourself, while you’re listening, you will realize it’s a feaux image, although nevertheless, satisfying.
@adrianleewelch , first off let me say nice setup. My 311 horns are dwarfed next to those 15s...
Last week I pulled the trigger on an Otho Cadenza Mono. Being I have about 60+ Mono’s original pressings of Jazz & Big Band. I love how the drums are in front of me, instead of coming from either the R or L speakers. Every instruments is delivered with authority in my system. IDK what the hell I was waiting for?
Enjoy the music everyone!
I just wanted to confirm if my AT-33 mono is MC as I bought it a long time ago
this popped up, it happens to be my combo of MC Stereo and MC Mono
Also mentioned above, I am using my old but nearly new AT-440ML on my Office TT. I used to alternate it with Shure's V15Vxmr, preferred the Shure due to it's damped brush (helped with my flexible flyer wood floors), and it's beryllium cantilever, until I looked sideways at the beryllium and it shattered.
AT's current version of the AT440 is the VM540ML, it is the one I recommend as a 'starter' upgrade MM Stereo cartridge, due to advanced stylus shape, tight channel balance 1.0 db, fairly wide channel separation 28db, fairly light tracking force 2.0g.
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