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Dear Jkalplus1: I never heard the Sonata but I own/owned the Shure and the 8MZ.
IMHO that Shure cartridge is not worth to invest more on it, it has a false fame that came I don't know where.
I like the Grado sound and here, other than Yogiboy post, we can read that the Sonata is a winner. I agree with Yogiboy on the Sonata re-tip if it's need it:
Regards and enjoy the music,
To a degree I'd tend to agree with Stringreen . To get Sonata (low output ) to sound half decent you need a heavy arm (Rega is a bad match. You can use it adding 15-20g of weight to the headshell and combination of counterweights) and a nice step up transformer like Hashimoto and load it down way below recommended 47K.
Try the SAS in the Shure, it has a more neutral presentation than the Grado and will handle those records that are in less than stellar condition a lot better than the Grado from my experience. However, only you can make the final determination as to what sounds best and fits the needs in your system. FYI, I've own Grado's since the 80's and currently have a number of them in boxes here. I also own the Shure's V15V - V15XMRX with Jico SAS stylus's for each. I currently use a M97XE/JIco SAS which I will probably have to spend ~$800.00+ to better in my system and for my needs.
Just some thoughts.
Raul...I don't really understand your question. I had the Grado in a Rega table with its own arm that was rewired and with dropped counterweight, and adjustable VTA (a pain to work from underneath the turntable, but it worked). The cartridge went into my Ayre preamp which has a phono board, but I adjusted that to 47000 ohms. The Grado as I remember was musical, but for ME it was a revelation when I got a Benz LP (not LPS) into the arm. I knew Joe Grado personally -- he sang at the Met... and had many of his cartridges. When he worked at his home in Westfield, NJ, his state of the art speakers were Jensen elecrostats for the highs and mids, and acoustical suspension (AR or KLH) speakers for the lows. I remember that setup sounded great.
Grados match very well with heavy arms , usually sound uninspiring to say the least on Rega arms and low output Sonata (Sonata Statement) with it's 0.5mV output and 2 Ohm of internal impedance needs either step up transformer or MC
capable SS phonostage despite being MM cart. I was replaying to Stingreen post and I had ,green , gold , Sonata Reference , Sonata Statement and Music Maker III based on Grado.
Have a nice day Sir. Regards, L