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Music Maker III or Soundsmith Zephyr III

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Originally posted by Aussie Mick Aussie Mick wrote:

Chris, why Hana? Have you also experienced the 2M Black or Bronze?


I heard a 2M Red a while ago, and it didn't disgrace itself.
A friend has a Rondo Bronze, and that sounds nice too, especially since it's had its stylus and cantilever replaced by Van den Hul.
Another friend has a Hana SL, and I really liked what I heard with that, so when my last cart started to sound a bit past it I decided to go for the SH.

S = Shibata stylus
L = low output
H = high output

My reason for going for the high output?
It's fit and forget, with none of the tedious larking about with loading and capacitance - sometimes it gets down to splitting hairs, and I'd rather just listen to music.


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Thanks, Chris.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RichW Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jun 2017 at 8:30am
Hi Mick,
I used a MM3 for a few years & it is a very good cartridge but can be a little fussy about vinyl quality.
With a well recorded, clean record in good nick it is smooth & dynamic.
I'm not sure whether I had it set up very well but I was never too happy with its tracking, especially
at side ends, although it might have been a mismatch with the Artemiz arm it was used in.
Its also not recommended with a lower-range Rega arm, but worked well in an Audiomods. 
Accession, Majestic, Reflex M and C, Solo ULDE, CuSat & Lautus.
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I've read a few places the same comment about not being kind to less than quiet vinyl. Still, the 2M Black cops the same criticism, yet I've found it to be terrific.

Maybe I need to rethink this cart upgrade business and think much longer term? Koetsu and an Elevator?

Mick.

Edited by Aussie Mick - 19 Jun 2017 at 1:04pm
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Whilst I have very fond koetsu memories from the early 80s black and rosewood these Open up a whole new price bracket including other brands. Welcome to a parallel and more expensive universe!!
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Yeah...and my kids go to private school...maybe they don't need lunch?
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Can you sell/part ex the kids?

When I was looking for a cartridge about 10 years ago I stumbled across Graham's products. Whilst really enjoying the koetsu s in the past I could not justify spending the amounts on the black at the time and after long auditioning session of phono stages marks and 4 or 5 cartridges settled on the dynavector xx2-2. There are others on the forum who share this model.

Whilst I am not suggesting it is the best out there (though appeared very good at the price) you may not need to go through koetsu prices - other than money the hardest thing may be auditioning a selection.
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