It can be any mid compliance cartridge, just do not buy low compliance and high compliance cartridges. Recommendations are already on audiogon in many posts regarding this turntable and tonearm, use seach option. This is what has been posted recently: https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/technics-1200gr-owners
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No problem, but 12cu is not the lowest compliance and normally low compliance cartridges are also too heavy for stock headshell to balance it. For example my low compliance Argent MC500HS is 8cu (7gr weigh) and it was impossible to use with most of the headshells.
Anyway here is the article about it http://www.ortofon.com/support/support-hifi/resonance-frequency
It’s important to know cartridge compliance measured at 10Hz (not at 100Hz). If the compliance measured at100Hz (it must be stated in the cartridge manual) then multiply it on 1.7 to transfer it to 10Hz compliance. Then anyone is free to calculate resonance frequency. I do that with my Cardas LP.
High compliance cartridges (30-40cu) are lightweigh ones, you may need silicone fluid damper to use it not Technics tonearm which is not optimal for high compliance cartridges.
So it’s "safe" to use Mid Compliance carts with stock shell on this tonearm, that’s pretty easy.
@tzh21y With tubes one gets to enjoy that tube sound and mystical/magical open loop design. But at the same time sound takes a severe hit from the coupling caps and transformers. And there are no tube phonos suitable for low output MCs on the market.
Sound will further have to be mucked up by hybrid designs (what's the point?), head amps (no longer made), and step up transformers.
I have a GR and am running the Ortofon Cadenza Blue which is very dynamic and has an open, more forward midrange that I like. I did try my ART9 too and it sounds fantastic and some ways better that the Ortofon but is still a little bass heavy, slightly recessed midrange and slightyl brighter high end. The ART9 is the cartridge world giant slayer.
There is probably one more cartridge for Technics fans worldwide, headshell integrated model (with azimuth and overhang adjustments) -Technics 205c mk4 MM. Perfect match for Technics tonearm, very rare and almost impossible to find with good suspension, but Jico SAS and NEO SAS styli available now. Here is an old picture of my samples. I've tried the original (the best), axel's rebuild version, jico sas.
Just got a email from KAB they have the fluid tonearm damper for the G now. Does anyone thing it would help dampen the tone arm. I tested mine with the ART9 and Yamamoto HS4 head shell and on the Ortofon test record it was 8 - 9 hz which is pretty good http://kabusa.com/frameset.htm?/td1000.htm
+1 for the ART 9. I have mine mounted on a LP Gear Zupreme head shell for my 1200G. The ART9 is currently my every day cart. I would love to own a Van den Hul some day. It's been awhile since I've heard one, but I recall its sound to be a higher quality ART9. Both are very well balanced and easy to listen to.
I’ve got the upscale sister model to the SL-1200mk2, the SL-1700mk2, which has essentially the same tonearm as the SL-1200G. The Audio Technica VM540ML on the Technics headshell sounds fantastic. Added bonus of the micro line contact stylus is extra long stylus life - 800 hours compared to 300 for elliptical styli. I’m about to install the KAB fluid damper, expecting good things from it.