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They do make glass platter mats so I can't see there being any problems. I have not had any problems with static with my leather mat but I do know that it can be a problem. You can get acrylic platter mats, There are also Rubber & cork combination mats, these mats are said to offer high levels of static prevention, sound dampening and vibration absorption. The most popular mats are made of cork. The trouble with platter mats is, what works for someone may not work for others ie the sound, as all mats are going to have an effect on the sound you are going to get from your record playing.
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It's worth trying without a mat to find out if you like the sound.
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The tough part about suggesting a cartridge is that everyone has different tastes and priorities. Almost any high output cartridge suited for a medium mass arm (I think that's what you have) will work with the GA2SE. So you really just have to narrow the choices and decide what you like best.

Re: mats, I've never used a glass platter so I can't really suggest the best mat. Usually I would go with whatever the manufacturer suggests.

IME any mat can generate static - because the very act of playing a record involves friction. The best cure for static is to get at the source, which is usually air that is too dry. An easy thing to try is turning the thermostat down slightly, and no socks on carpet. Some folks that live in very dry environments will use a humidifier in conjunction with a hydrometer, or even an anti-static floormat.

Good luck.


Edited by patientot - 18 Nov 2022 at 11:10pm
Reflex M + PSU-1 used with AT150-40ML, AT VM95ML, Stanton 680mkII + Ogura, and Shure M35X cartridges.
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I agree with patientot - the arm is medium mass, so it should work well with many cartridges.
Just stay away from high compliance ones.

It should work well with something like the AT-VM95ML https://www.audio-technica.com/en-gb/cartridges/type/moving-magnet/at-vm95ml
I have one and it does a good job.

I used a Deflex Platter Mat when I was running a Systemdek IIX - I found that the added mass of the mat improved rotational stability.
When I bought the deck it had a felt mat, which I didn't get on with.
I'd experiment with rubberised mats
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