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I’m running a Technics SL-B3 TT and need help identifying a cartridge.  I don’t want to screw w removing it if I don’t have to.

 

Just trying to make sure I got the loading on my Carver C-1 right.

 

Ive got it hooked up to Phono 1 w the infrasonic filter engaged.  Not a clue what loading to use for the cartridge so i think it’s set at the middle which I think is 140??

 

 

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My system is a hodge lodge of a bunch of things right now.

 

The TT path is as follows

TT —> C-1 -> Anthem MRX 500 -> Soundstream D-1 monos -> AV123 ELT525T towers and a Polk MicroPro 2000 sub.

 

The rest of the gear bypasses the C-1 so it’s basixally a phono pre since my Anthem didn’t have a phono input.  The Carvers volume is about 50% as Greg said that’s where it’s closest to perfect level wise (or I think he said that sometime lol).

 

At 50% I feel like it’s fine.  I’ve got it really low on then Anthem right now and it’s perfect.

 

Listening to my Dads old LP collection!

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Hope you find out what AT it is but it's time for me to get some learnin'. I thought you could switch between the load settings at will until you find what sounds best? Glad I haven't hooked my table up yet...🤔

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Just now, pindrop said:

Hope you find out what AT it is but it's time for me to get some learnin'. I thought you could switch between the load settings at will until you find what sounds best? Glad I haven't hooked my table up yet...🤔


Maybe you can lol...... I haven't tried it since its working and from what I can tell I dont feel I'm "missing" anything...... It sounds DAMMMNED GOOD!  I forgot how good OLD Vinyl sounds.....

This is the first time I've hooked this up in about 2 years since I didnt have a phono pre.......

I just felt like playing with this as my Tube Console will be mated with this TT later when I get it recapped and modded to accept a external TT (rather than the built in one), as well as add a line level input for a chromecast audio....

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7 minutes ago, Rod H said:

Looks like an AT331E


Well I dug into my old posts (knew I mentioned it somewhere). Its a AT11E 

 

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Found that info here...... Wonder if its worth upgrading the cart or headshell or just leave it as is.... the TT works fine but dont want to put a lot of lipstick on a pig of a TT so to speak....
 

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14 hours ago, Daddyjt said:

When I opened this thread, I was expecting to see something like this:

 

carry on...

 

 

 

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Mark,  You've got me on pins and needles.  What is the cartridge?  I thought it was 7.62 x 54r, but the shape is wrong.  Inquiring minds want to know.

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8 minutes ago, PhilDent said:

 

Mark,  You've got me on pins and needles.  What is the cartridge?  I thought it was 7.62 x 54r, but the shape is wrong.  Inquiring minds want to know.


Its what Mark uses to clean out his ears with instead of cutips 🤪

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47 minutes ago, PhilDent said:

 

Mark,  You've got me on pins and needles.  What is the cartridge?  I thought it was 7.62 x 54r, but the shape is wrong.  Inquiring minds want to know.

By the look of the radius in the neck of case tells me that it is a Weatherby case,  not sure on the caliber though.

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2 hours ago, madmike46 said:

By the look of the radius in the neck of case tells me that it is a Weatherby case,  not sure on the caliber though.

 

Good eye Mike - it is a .257 Weatherby. Incidentally, the .257 was Roy’s favorite of all the cartridges he engineered. 

 

Sorry for the thread hijack @Bean

 

fyi @Sk1Bum

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Thanks for the answer.  I was scrutinizing posters of cartridges trying to figure it out, but I wasn't willing to pay for higher rez images to make that possible.

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Ok guys, here is what I've got coming in to try.  A buddy is giving me a Grado Carbon Cartridge with needle.

 

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Here are the specs:

  • Output: 2.5mV at 1kHz
  • Stylus: User replaceable.
  • Fixing: Standard, two screws
  • Cantilever: Carbon
  • Colour: Black/White
  • Tracking Pressure 2-3g

 

Here are the specs of the AT11E for comparison

  • Generating element: dual moving magnet
  • Frequency response: 15-25000Hz
  • Output: 4.8mV
  • Channel balance: 1.5dB
  • Stylus shape: 0.4 x 0.7 mil elliptical
  • Stylus construction: bonded
  • Cantilever: thin wall
  • Tracking force: 1.5 to 2.5g
  • Cartridge weight: 5.5g

So I'm wondering what I need to put the loading on the C-1 as, and also if spec wise how this compares to the others.  I see differences in the numbers but dont know what that equates to honestly.

Once again the Turntable is a Techics SL-B3 and your help appreciated.

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It’s stock.  Haven’t got to mods yet.

 

And if I'm looking at this right it might be worse than what I have now...

 

AT11E

Frequency response: 15-25000Hz

Output: 4.8mV

Channel balance: 1.5dB

Stylus shape: 0.4 x 0.7 mil elliptical

Cantilever: thin wall

Tracking force: 1.5 to 2.5g

Cartridge weight: 5.5g

Replacement stylus assembly: ATS11E (green)

 

Carbon

Frequency response: 20 to 20,000Hz

Output voltage: 3.5mV

Channel balance: within 2.5dB

Stylus: 0.6 mil

Cantilever: carbon

Tracking force: 1.5 to 2.5g

Weight: 5.0g

Replacement stylus: ATN-91

 

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44 minutes ago, Rod H said:

Stop looking at specs and listen to it. Set the preamp at the highest capacitance available. :D

 

I will once it arrives :).

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