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Hey everybody,

 

I have a Tchnics SL-L1 that was given to me by my uncle and was formerly my dad's before that. So I was talking to him at Christmas, and my uncle and dad both confirmed they hadn't changed the cartridge since it was brand new. So I have read the beginner's guide, and I wanted some recommendations on a new cartridge. 

 

 

I have looked into:

 

  • Audio-Technica AT95E
  • Audio-Technica AT92E
  • Grado BLACK1 Prestige

 

Now, I want to spend < $60/70. I have heard of issues with the Grado BLACK1 on another forum. Is there another cartridge around this price range I should be looking at?

 

Thanks in advance, any help would be greatly appreciated!

 

 

 

My setup (if it matters):

  • Technics SL-L1
  • Sony STR-7045
  • Polk T15

 

 

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I'd also think about the shure m97xe.

I use it, and it suits my taste well. In the sense that it's a very even cart. It doesn't boost anything and leaves you with just the music as it was recorded.

It's a little above the $60 range, but not by much. And it comes with it's own tools and alignment guide too. So that helps setup

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It's not as daunting as it may first seem. There are a lot of videos on YouTube to help. I'd highly recommend getting some mini screwdrivers and a set of small, long nosed pliers.

 

 

Oh and also, get a strong magnet. And put it close to all your new small tools. Leave it for a few days and they'll now be magnetised too.

It really helps a lot with the fiddly things

 

Thanks! Didn't even think about that! 

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Hey everybody,

 

I have a Tchnics SL-L1 that was given to me by my uncle and was formerly my dad's before that. So I was talking to him at Christmas, and my uncle and dad both confirmed they hadn't changed the cartridge since it was brand new. So I have read the beginner's guide, and I wanted some recommendations on a new cartridge. 

 

 

I have looked into:

 

  • Audio-Technica AT95E
  • Audio-Technica AT92E
  • Grado BLACK1 Prestige

 

Now, I want to spend < $60/70. I have heard of issues with the Grado BLACK1 on another forum. Is there another cartridge around this price range I should be looking at?

 

Thanks in advance, any help would be greatly appreciated!

 

 

 

My setup (if it matters):

  • Technics SL-L1
  • Sony STR-7045
  • Polk T15

 

If you are in the US then Shure or Audio Technica will probabaly be your best bet in that price range and of the two I would go Shure as jase suggested.

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If you are in the US then Shure or Audio Technica will probabaly be your best bet in that price range and of the two I would go Shure as jase suggested.

 

 

definitely go for the shure, as they even have a 2 year warranty on all of their needles/carts. if you send in a broken needle or cart with receipt, they'll ship you out a new one for free.

 

 

Looks like I'm getting the shure. Thanks for all the help!  :)

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