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Comparison of sonic qualities of some tonearms
Olden tech! I prefer to think of it as classic equipment for classic ears.  
A Second Tonearm on an SME Model 10
You're right, I am proud of it! And I think it is short-sighted of SME not to offer a kit for sale on the grounds that we Model 10 owners really ought to knuckle down and buy a few new tables instead.  
A Second Tonearm on an SME Model 10
From left to right: 1. M10/309 usually sports an MP-500, mostly because I'd rather change a stylus than arrange for a re-tip when playing a disk for the first time. The MP-500 also sounds far better than it should for a 1k cartridge. Spare headsh... 
A Second Tonearm on an SME Model 10
Why, thank you, Raul!  
Why don't we tire of music?
@mulveling There's a plausible reason to suggest that most of the regulars on sites like this have never had to worry about losing their virginity....  
Anti skating SME V
On all four arms?  
A Second Tonearm on an SME Model 10
Second table done today: Not so much a matter of heroics, but being cheap. I see SME now sell a dual arm version of the Model 12, for £15k, so a pair would be $29.6k CDN after tax. These cost me nearly nothing as I already had the tonearm panel... 
List of most high end analog active crossovers ever made.
I used a Marchand XM44 when I had Castle Winchester speakers and bi-amped them. Perfectly satisfactory, at least until I discovered ESLs!  
Anti skating SME V
These SME arms have the usual set-up for spring-loaded anti-skate: turn a dial until it is set to a number corresponding to the VTF in grams. My issue is that doing this appears to be inaccurate—the stylus touches down and skates inwards into the ... 
Review: Aidas Mammoth Gold mk2 MC cartridge
I’m sure it sounds wonderful. But I’m not at all sure the materials science would support equivalence between freshly butchered elephant ivory and frozen-in-permafrost for 30,000 years mammoth ivory. That rather brings a new perspective to "cryo t... 
Anti skating SME V
Got a reply from SME: Dear Chris, Thank you for your email to Elaine. The anti skate spring can only be fitted / calibrated here at the factory due to unique tooling and measurement equipment used. If you would like to send the arms for check... 
Anti skating SME V
Normally I rather laugh at people who re-awaken zombie threads, but this was the first hit on a search for "SME V IV anti-skate"! I searched because I have been finding it awkward to set the anti-skate of late, so to be a bit more scientific about... 
Review: Aidas Mammoth Gold mk2 MC cartridge
Given that mammoth ivory has hardly been extensively studied for its sonic properties, I assume a cartridge body made from it is made for the same reasons I have three custom straight razors scaled with it: it looks pretty and it confers bragging ... 
Comparison of sonic qualities of some tonearms
@pindac Your comments not only accord with my experience of the SME V and IV, but they also fit the official story: the Series V came out first, and had selected parts. The Series IV came out later, and had off the line parts that might not quite ... 
Lowest priced MC thats better than a Premium MM?
Why do people choose a cheap MC over a good MM/MI? I don't think there is a benefit by doing so. In my experience a 1k MM/MI is about the level of a 5k LOMC, and no worry about buying an SUT or a phono stage that copes with LOMC. Is moving coil s...