Assuming the other setup is OK, check VTA.
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There is obviously a problem because what you describe is NOT how a Spacedeck sounds. I would look at the cart. alignment, and perhaps the chance that the cart. just needs break in time. They all do. Check the alignment, VTA, and VTF and if all is well, just be patient and put some more hours on the rig.
In addition to VTA, VTF and break-in, another possibility is the loading of your new cartridge.
The Pro-Ject Tube box gives you three impedance loading options on the MC inputs, 100, 220 and 1K ohms. If I were a betting man I'd wager it's set @ 1K. Try dropping it to the 100 ohm setting. Try all three settings for that matter. It won't do any harm.
BTW, I'm only *assuming* this Nottingham #1 cartridge is an MC. I've never heard of that particular cartridge, or even that Nott' made cartridges at all. My guess is it's a rebadge made by one of the regular cartridge manufacturers. If it came with any specs those might be useful to know.
Thanks everyone for the help so far. I will check the VTA and VTF when I get home. Ozzy, your right, I know from listening to this deck at my dealer that thin and bright are not the charateristics of this deck.
Doug- the Nott cart. is weird. I think your correct, it looks like a rebadge cart. I am trying to look on-line to see if i can tell who actually makes the cart. It came with no specs at all. I will play around with the settings on my phono stage, maybe thats it.
Here are a few more tips I learned that helped improve the performance of my Spacedeck.
A) Do not over-tighten any of the assembly fasteners, including the cartridge mounting screws. All the fasteners should be just tight enough to keep the deck together.
B) The distance from the outer edge of the motor pulley wheel to the platter should be about 6mm. The belt may seem too limp at this distance, but it works.
Hope this helps.
The "Nottingham" cartridges are named "Tracer" cartidges and look for all the world to me to be based on a Goldring body. The Tracers are MM cartridges. I once had a Tracer 3 and it was pretty damn decent. You should NOT be getting a bright or thin sound out of either the Spacedeck OR the Tracer cartridge even if the VTA is off by a ton. Sorry, I'm not sure at this point of the elsewhere, but I'd suspect you should look elsewhere.
If you want more info, contact 'Not because the US distributor ASL group will likely provide little. To the best of my recollection, the output is around 3 mV and tje VTF about the 1.75-2.00 range.