Never heard of the Turntable’s
They are DD ? Look nice
Are you MM cartridge guy vs MC ?
All my turntables are Direct Drive, if you're not familiar with LUX you can read here
about it. Also about Denon DP-80 here
. I've been using Technics SP-10 mkII before.
I have all types of cartridges, i am looking for the best in each type. Practically i like MM, while people are wasting time with retippers i can swap all king of different cantilevers/styli on my Grace LEVEL II for example as the company made Ruby, Sapphire, Beryllium, Boron styli for this particular model and they are interchangeable in 1 minute. The Grace LEVEL II LC-OFC has fantastic MM generator.
On LOMC category i've come to FR, IKEDA, Miyabi, Dynavector, Klipsch top models.
All these cartridges are very rare and hard to find in NOS or Mint condition.
Vintage MM are reasonable priced, taking in count a super easy stylus replacement and oustanding sound quality of the best models.
P.S. I hope someone else can continue with Excel Sound OEM work, it's interesting to see what else did they made for other companies in the 70s/80s. The Agrent
i have is interesting vintage cartridge by Excel Sound. It has the same sapphire base, just like their new multi thousand dollars Etsuro Gold
top model and Urushi
. Аnother Argent 500HS
has exactly the same Sapphire cantilever as the new Etsuro Urushi
. All made by Excel Sound. The story of Argent is in my thread