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Offline rollo

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Re: Impact of a Mono Cartridge
« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2017, 06:23:17 AM »
 I guess it depends on the mono pre you buy. FM acoustics I'm dead.


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Re: Impact of a Mono Cartridge
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2017, 08:31:45 PM »
Graham Slee is OK at best
get a good mono cart like miyajima zero, that will have the biggest effect
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Re: Impact of a Mono Cartridge
« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2017, 06:33:54 AM »
Graham Slee is OK at best
get a good mono cart like miyajima zero, that will have the biggest effect
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I'm sure you're right. I would certainly hope there was a big difference in the performance of a $2000 cartridge compared to a $200 one.
But it doesn't matter to since I'm not spending those kind of bucks for mono. 
What options are in between? 
Forget the measurements, are your toes moving?

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Re: Impact of a Mono Cartridge
« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2017, 08:34:07 AM »
  Check out the Graham Slee first. Oh yes the Miyajima is a great cart however the Grado at $100 is no slouch to start with. You really can get some great advice from Rob Wyatt on mono. If you speak with him mention me.


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Re: Impact of a Mono Cartridge
« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2017, 08:49:41 PM »
I'll contact Mr. Wyatt and pick his brain.  Thanks for the tip.  I emailed Boris at Vista to see if  he had any interest in designing a mono pre.  He has done such good work with the his stereo phono pre's at an intro level price, I thought I'd see if he might do something similar with mono.  He said that the curves were so highly variable that it was hard to get good info on the early 50's to late 50's stuff. He had looked at it and decided not to pursue it.  I've got the G.Slee unit coming next week and will see what it yields.
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Re: Impact of a Mono Cartridge
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2017, 06:59:07 AM »
Why can't you just use a single channel of a stereo preamp for mono carts?

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Re: Impact of a Mono Cartridge
« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2017, 07:11:06 AM »
Why can't you just use a single channel of a stereo preamp for mono carts?
You can.  Or in the case of the Denon 102 cartridge, the post of the cartridge are extra long to allow two leads on each post, sending the signal to both channels of your stereo phonostage.  But a dedicated mono pre, or a highly adjustable stereo pre, can equalize to match older curves (in theory).  My buddy's Graham Slee Revelation M phonostage has setting positions for Decca vs. Mercury vs. RCA- don't know how effective they are. 
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Re: Impact of a Mono Cartridge
« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2017, 08:38:24 AM »
I see! Thanks