I worked back in early 70s for a whole sale electronic dist.we sold Duals ,they were a hot item with Shure ME 97 cart.I dont remember if they can supplied with one.
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I have been using a Dual 1229 for decades and I personally find it to be one of the best sounding turntables I’ve ever heard. It is the same table as your 1219 but with strobe.
I removed the original damaged tone arm and replaced it with a Grace 747. The table gets played every day.
To answer your questions there are better tone arms then what is supplied with your turntable, with that said the original Dual arm is very good and capable of tracking as well or better then most.
Do not raise the rear of the arm for single play use. That makes no sense whatsoever. The tone arm will do fine playing an type of lp
you place on the platter.
I did completely rebuild mine from top to bottom and recommend that you maintain yours keeping it well lubed. If you have any questions just message me. I would be happy to help you sort the table out.