High Mass Tonearms and Cartridge Matching
Good day all. Can I get some feedback from anyone who is using tonearms in the 16 to 20 gram weight regarding what cartridges work well. I have just purchased a Jelco SA-750D and thinking about a moving coil cartridge. However, I don't want to rule out outstand MM cartridges. Please share the following:
1. What cartridge are you using?
2. How did you make the decision to purchase?
3. What records, if any, did you take for the listening session?
Here is my listening pleasure>
a. Jazz that features singers, small and big bands.
b. Classical music, small groups and large orchestras. In particular I love small and large scale choral music. I also love most of Bach's music written for the violin, viola, cello, organ and harpischord.
c. I also listen to Earth Wind & Fire, Joan Baez, Bread, Simon and Garfuncle, and others in this vein of music.
I love a big, bold but clear presentation from my audio system. I want to be able to hear the width and height of the music presented. I also love:
1. Excellent transients
2. Excellent mids, highs and low end with great weight
3. Excellent bloom and decay of the music
4, Top-notch soundstaging with plenty of front to back presentation with the ability to permit me to see in and around instruments and/or musicians
My Music System As It Is Presently:
a. Upgraded (caps/resistors) Classe DR-5 with MM & MC inputs.
b. Upgraded Theshold S/300 power amp.
c. Upgraded Parasound C/BD 2000 belt drive CD player & DAC.
d. New home built plinth using the bearing and platter from my old Elite Rock Cranfield turntable.
e. Jelco SA-750D tonearm
f. OM-9 floor standing speakers (great sound) for now. I plan to replace these with 1.6 Maggies or Eminent Tech floor standing planar speakers.
g. Upgraded cables and inter-connects.
h. Technic 1506 (2/4track) and Tascam 32-2B (2track) reel to reel tape decks.
Right now it appears that I am restricted to low compliance cartridges until I can find a way to reduce the tonearm mass in order to expand cartridge choices. I will be looking for lower weight head shells. Anyone who has solved this problem please convey your thoughts and experiences as well. Thanks all for your time and responses.