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SL1200G Owners - what cartridge are you using?

Discussion in 'audio' started by mikechadwick, Jan 14, 2022.

  1. mikechadwick

    mikechadwick pfm Member

    I've just setup a new 1200G with an Oyaide head shell & Lyra Delos cartridge. The VTA is higher at the bearing end. I added a spacer which helps but the VTA is still slightly out. Got to say that it all sounds fine but just wondering if a bigger bodied cartridge might be a better fit.
  2. Theo

    Theo pfm Member

    Why not try a different - or additional - mat in the first instance? It might help you to decide whether the VTA is crucial. The Lyra is a great cartridge so it would be a shame to compromise, especially if you're not enamoured with its replacement.
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  3. mikechadwick

    mikechadwick pfm Member

    Good call. I'm not using the supplied mat - trying out an Airborne Cork & Rubber mat and a TEAC Washi Sheet has just arrived so I'll add that to the Airborne and see how that goes.
  4. early

    early pfm Member

    Happy 1200G owner here .

    First off you loose a bit of height by moving away from the Techy headshell , they step down a bit at the business end .

    Secondly , as nice as it is the tonearm is flawed when it comes to VTA . I just swapped the arm and avoided any VTA issues . I now use a Jelco TK950S with either a Benz Ace or AT750SH .
  5. mikechadwick

    mikechadwick pfm Member

    I'm thinking of fitting my SME IV but was hoping (unrealistically?) to stick with the Technics arm. Shame Jelco aren't around anymore.
  6. Fergus

    Fergus pfm Member

    Sorry to go of topic but could I trouble you to measure the diameter of the Washi mat please? I’d like to try one on my Garrard 401 below a glass mat but it has a raised lip it would need to fit within. Cheers
  7. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    I currently have a Cadenza Bronze on my 1200G. Not sure why some diss the arm it seems perfectly fine to me bearing in mind the overall price of the package. I’ve used various carts, using different mats (stack 2 if needed), headshells and the VTA ring, never had a problem. Next cart likely a Kleos SL unless I upgrade deck.

  8. keiron99

    keiron99 pfm Member

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  9. keiron99

    keiron99 pfm Member

    What mat is that?
  10. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

  11. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    I'd not seen these. No idea how they sound but they look great!
  12. Waxy

    Waxy pfm Member

    Nagaoka MP-500
    Hana SL
    Hana ML (current cart).

    Have also used a variety of mats, including a Tenuto. Currently back on the stock Technics mat.

    The Washi mat sounded great in theory. In practice it stuck to most records with static.
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  13. Fergus

    Fergus pfm Member

    That’s exactly why I want to try one to provide a “grippy” interface between the metal platter and the glass mat. Not to mention it would look pretty good below the bronzed glass.
  14. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    Benz Ref S. Have previously used a Benz Glider which I suspect was just as good.

    Also got an Ortofon 2M red PNP which I stick on for hard rock fun.
  15. mikechadwick

    mikechadwick pfm Member

    It's 11.5" diameter
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2022
  16. k90tour

    k90tour pfm Member

    I don't have my SL1200G anymore, but I had an AT0C9 and it fitted perfectly at the base arm height.
  17. amazement

    amazement pfm Member

    In my experience you need a 5mm mat with the 1200g and gr decks to get the arm level with most cartridges.
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  18. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Agreed, the older original Technics rubber mat is 6mm and available for about £20 usual places.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2022
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  19. Ibbots

    Ibbots pfm Member

    Dv 20x2L in an Ortofon headshell and with a 5mm mat.
  20. PerF

    PerF Scandinavian Member

    My list for future cartridges to use on my GR, was way to long.
    I had to revise or shorten it down a bit:

    Nagaoka JT-80BK
    Garrot P77
    Goldring 1042
    Ortofon 2M Bronze
    Audio Technica AT 150 Sa

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