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    Posted: 06 Mar 2020 at 7:05pm
I have a significant birthday comingg up, and the wife has asked what I want as a present.
I have been struggling to think of something if I am honest, but I have always wondered what a decent cartridge would sound like in my system.

As such, what cartridges do people have experience that sound really good? I have no preference about MM/MC, and I have a few good MMs such as the AT20SLa, EPC-205, AT150mlx etc. I have a couple of MCs as well, such as the SAE1000LT, AT33PTG/II, EPC310MC and a modified Denon DL-103 with Shibata tip.

I am after something that works well with Rock etc. So it needs to have good dynamic swing. I don’t want to spend more than £1k as it seems like a large chunk of money, for possibly a small performance increase. And the last sentence is part 5he reason I am not sure I want to go down that road.

What are people’s experiences of the cartridge upgrade path?
Will my money be better spent elsewhere?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kgilroy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Mar 2020 at 7:14pm
I recently upgrade from the Clearaudio Virtuoso V1 to Maestro V2 and it's the best upgrade I have made by far.

https://elusivedisc.com/clearaudio-maestro-v2-ebony-wood-mm-cartridge-3-6mv/

As a caveat this is the first time I have made a change to my cartridge so experience is limited.

Good Luck !
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Hi Kevin,
   If you’re running a Rega arm, the Ania MC is a delightful match. I use the Apheta2 but have decent experience with the Ania as well. If you want to rock...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote CageyH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Mar 2020 at 5:19am
Thanks. I am running a Funk Firm FX-1200, which has been upgraded to the latest F.X arm tube.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote CageyH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2020 at 6:35pm
I have gone for a left field choice of a used Cartridge Man Music Maker Classic.
I have always wanted to try one, and one popped up recently, so I have taken the plunge.

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Super cartridge, great match with a ReflexM or AccM.
Elevator, Accession M, Majestic/Enigma, Reflex M, CuSat & Lautus.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote CageyH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Mar 2020 at 3:16pm
Both are out on loan, so I will have to put up with my own phonostage.
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