Thanks for responding to my thread! Wow, there are actually other vinyl geeks like me out there. LOL
Well, anyhow, I am really interested in hearing the synergy I keep reading about between the Goldmund Studio and the original T3 arm and since this is all just a very fun hobby to me, I am going to pursue the challenge. Fortunately, I have plenty of time to fart around with stuff like this and actually enjoy the challenge of circumstances like these. From everything I have read on the web the T3 is a very finicky (to say the least) arm, but there are many out there on the web that say if you have the patience to fidget with it, and get it set up right, that there is some true magic in the sound of the Studio with the T3 arm. So that is what I would like to find out. Don't get me wrong, I have heard many a claims about "the magic" in the sound of many a component just to try it and wonder what they were hearing because I never heard it. LOL
Right now I am using a Thorens TD124 with a Grado Laboratory (wooden) arm fitted with a Denon DL103 cartridge and the sound is good. Its a very warm, involving analog combination but the Thorens has a bit of background noise that is bothersome at the ear-splitting levels I sometimes listen at. You can actually place your ear on the table and hear the mechanics of the motor, idler, and intermediate pulley. I have been through the unit head to toe and it is just the nature of the beast, to most it would probably be of no concern, but to me its another baby step towards the music. The Goldmund on the other hand is DEAD SILENT with regards to the platter, plus the table has a suspension, another thing the TD124 lacks. I know I might very well be headed down a road that ends up being one not worth traveling, but I'm willing to trek that road to find out.
To me, this all is half the fun of listening, the chance to get one baby step closer to the music and that has always been my goal. And of course, try to make that step without spending a lions share of the budget.
Thanks again Schipo and happy listening!