???Cartridge break in???

I just fired up a Nottingham space deck (with space arm)with a dynavector 20X cartridge. My first impression, after all of 30 minutes? Deep, subwoofer bass is not there. Very sharp , thin compressed high end. Somewhat narrow soundstage; I have Audio Physic virgos and know what the hell a soundstage is. Is this the newness of the cartridge? Or something with analog itself? What are the general characteristics of analog vs. digital? What is gained, and what is lost? thanks..........Mark
Yes, there is a break-in period on cartridges. There are also some adjustments, such as VTA that are required when you change cartridges. Play it for about 20 hours, and then adjust the VTA by ear. You can start out with the VTA adjusted so that the tonearm is level with the record surface while it is playing. Then adjust by tonal balance by lowering the pivot end of the arm to increase bass, and raising to decrease bass, in very very small increments. Once you get a tonal balance that is close, you can very slightly adjust it to place the surface noise out of the plane of the music.
twl's responce is definitely true and good advive. I would also add that what you desribe is as perfect and accurate desciption af the vta being too high as I could imagine. It is also what some cartridges sound like as they break in. Cartridges vary as to their sonic characteristics as they break in but they all change, and therefore also require some readjustment. (the suspension has to loosen up). 20 hours is a good # where most cartridges will change the most drastically, twl knows more cartridges than I do, and I would add that it would'nt hurt to go ahead and do a vta adjustment now so you can get more enjoyment out of it while it breaks in, just so long as you don't make yourself crazy chasing adjustments that are changing while it breaks in.
Above, all true. While I have seen quite a number of folks recommend the Dynavector with the Spacearm, I find them inherently on the bright side of neutral. 30 minutes is not long enough a time on which to base an opinion, though.
I suggest that 50 hours is about right for most modern cartridges. Sorry but that's the way it goes. Also VTA comments are right on.

I suggest this, make certain that the cartrige is parallel in ALL axis to the vinyl surface. I.e. asmiath (I know it's not spelled right. That is head shell adjustment so the cartrige i parallel, you can rotate it a bit. Use a mirror to assure alignment, then for VTA start with the arm tube parallel to the record. I suggest that you try moving down just a hair and listen. If thats not it go a little the other way. It will lock in the soundstage when it's right. Also listen for surface noise. Back end of the cartridge down will lessen surface noise and make for a slightly darker duller sound when you've gone too far. On the other end when it's too high it will sound shrill and surface noise will be very evident. Assuming your records are in good shape. A bad record is a bad record.

If you don't have VTA adjustment, then shim the base of the arm. Get a shim pack. It's a pain but worth it.

I have a Goldring Erioca MC that took a really long time to break in. I bet I loged in over 100 hours before I was happy with the sound. The bass got progressively tighter and lower while the highs smoothed out. Also, I feel that the sounds gets better after the first 20 minutes of each listening session (suspension warms up).
Hello Mythtrip:

Welcome to the wonderful world of analog. All of the above suggestions are good, the tips are excellent, and with some variations they will improve your system.

VTA for instance, I have two arms and both manufacturers recommend horizontal VTA, meaning the arm is parallel to the record surface (level the TT first!). However, after much adjusting I have found that both sound better slightly tipped back (low on the pivot end), but neither arm is at the same height.

Break-in on my Dynavector 17D-II Karat was somewhere between 50 and 80 hrs. The improvement was noticable after about 50 hrs., and seemed to be completely settled in at about 80.

Another variable is the tracking pressure, one arm sounds best at 2.2 grams (RB 600), the other at about 1.8-9 grams (SME 3012-R). Go figure!

If all else fails, and I find myself getting too anal, tequila is the best overall tweak.

Best regards,