Sorry, I guess thats spelled "Ortofon".
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I went to the Munich HighEnd show this year and the Ortofon tonearms were obviously popular in Germany, especially with Raven One. Sounded great in my opinion. My guess is they are great value for money (I have not owned one, not used one over time, but they certainly didn't ruin the sound where I listened to them).
I have an Ortofon AS-309s with an Ortofon Jubilee on my Raven AC and I really like it. I'm also using a Dynavector XV-1s on a Graham Phantom the sound is very very close. The Dyna/Phantom combo is more dynamic, bigger soundstage but we're not talking night and day here, particularly for the price difference. The VTA adjustment on the Ortofon is crude compared to the Graham but other than that, its' really good IMHO.
Like Bhoage, I have the Phantom and AS-309S on my Raven AC-3 and heartily agree with his assessment.
The AS-309s has a great relaxed feel to the way it plays music and is a great tracker. AS Vtvu said, the detachable headshell is great.
I just got a SPU classic GM-E and it is playing wonderfully beautiful music
Dear Grimace: Like other people already posted I don't think there is a problem between that tonearm and your Sota TT.
Maybe what you have to ask is if that tonearm is a good match to your current cartridge.
If you read the other posts the ortofon tonearm owners own a very different quality cartridge level that the one you own, unfortunately I don't have experience with that Audio technica cartrdige so I can't be sure about.
Btw, IMHO say that that tonearm is a good tracker is almost a misunderstood because it is the cartridge the one that it is a good or bad tracker and always dependent on the matching with the right tonearm.
Regards and enjoy the music.
Well, I'm not neccesarily planning on keeping the cartridge forever either. I keep a running list of equipment that I'd like to have in my system someday. If I were to upgrade the arm, naturally I'd want to contemplate a cartridge shortly thereafter. (this really is an upgrade disease that I'm sure we're all familiar with)
looking at your turntable, I don't think the 12 inch version is going to fit. You need at least 311 mm for tonearm pivot to to spindle. Whereas the 9 inch version fit fine with pivot to spindle of 214mm. I would double check with SOTA.
BTW, the AT OC9 sounds wonderful with the Ortofon arm. I own the OC9 (Lryalike) and it is a very detailed cartidge with a nice tight bass, at the price it is very good. Coupled with the ortofon arm just relaxes the cartridge a little to show it at its best.