Nagaoka MP-110. AT 95. Buy a new stylus for the Grado.
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You never heard about Garrott Brothers ?
The brothers are no longer with us, but their reputation was very strong, they are legendary for retipping service of Decca and Koetsu.
Dynamic Coil MM cartridge invented by Garrott Brothers is one of my favorite (vintage model P77 now upgraded with P77i ).
Nowadays the company follows Garrott Brothers tradition, so you can buy any of the Dynamic Coil models (depends on the price). I think one of the very best is P77i, but within your budget you can check K1.
Seach audiogon for Garrott Brothers if you want the full story
Finally got home to try out this TT.
The cart and stylus on it did not look too bad so gave it a whirl as is on an older lp.
Certainly did not sound bad.
However now I am trying to work out just what Grado cart it is so if I decided to just buy a new stylus I can get the correct one.
Anybody have any ideas.
Cart body is silver, stylus is all black with just large letter G on front and Grado under that. Rear of cart above pins says GD1.
Stylus has blue dots on side of carrier.
Makes me think older Prestige model with the blue stylus from the 2000,s?
The Grado is in my cart drawer pile now.
I picked up a brand new Nagoaka MP150 for approx 60% of mrsp.
What a revelation this cart is on this table.
Great detail and slightly forward presentation without being shrill or shouty. Perfect for majority of my rock records imho. Bass is solid without being overblown, does not seem false.
Thinking of hanging onto this combo for now, my daughter can wait ... Lol.