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P-Mount Cartridges for Technicks SL deck

Discussion in 'audio' started by Mark Packer, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. Mark Packer

    Mark Packer pfm Member

    I'm considering a Technics SL deck wich takes P-Mount Cartridges, I'd love to find one with the Techniocs 301 MC cartridge, however, if I can't find one what are my best options for a good P-Mount cartridge please?

    Ideally, I'd like a ML tip.
  2. DimitryZ

    DimitryZ pfm Member

    There are a number of excellent Technics vintage P-mounts available. The easiest choice (and the one I use on an SL-7) is the EPC-P202C cart - boron pipe cantilever and likely a fine elliptical stylus. Jico makes replacements as well. I also own the 310MC and the MM version (EPC-P205) - both are excellent but can be costly. The MM can also be prone to a age-weak suspension - but if it isn't now, it isn't likely to become one either.
  3. daytona600

    daytona600 Registered User

    Jico + 1 have a large selection of suit lots of T4P cartridges or only new T4P model in decades from grado
    Grado Labs - Prestige Series
  4. gx502

    gx502 pfm Member

    I was quite happy with a Grado Gold on my SL10. I took the Technics 310MC cartridge off put it in an adaptor, and used it on another turntable.
  5. DimitryZ

    DimitryZ pfm Member

    Grado Gold is probably the best current P-Mount, except maybe the LPGear Shibata (,).

    I still own my GG and enjoy it from time to time! Probably the best channel separation and widest soundstage in the business.
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  6. gx502

    gx502 pfm Member

    Interesting, it looks like that LP Gear cartridge is using an Audio Technica body.
  7. DimitryZ

    DimitryZ pfm Member

    They do. It is an excellent body in every way.
  8. daytona600

    daytona600 Registered User

    AT body with a Jico Shibata stylus LPgear are the jico us importers
  9. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Another vote for Jico. Not the cheapest option if you have to import from Japan but plenty of options including for the ubiquitous Technics P23/P24.

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