Shure M95E; M97X; Pickering XV15/D750
It's good deck.
It's good deck.
Lots of good matches for that 'table; it looks to have the same tonearm as the SL-1200/1210, and that can match with a wide variety of carts. Just to keep it simple, though, the Grado Prestige line should be a good match, because those are the modern versions of what Grado was making in the '70s. I put a top-line Grado on a DD Hitachi P-38 in 1976 and it was sheer magic. The current replacement stylus for the Grado Gold is also the factory-recommended one for that cart I had back in '76.
Would a Grado Green or AT95 be the better choice?$100 or less is a good budget.
Can you bump up your budget another 18 bucks and consider the Audio Technica AT-120ET?
I just restored a Technics SL-2000, a very similar TT as the SL-1900, for a friend and installed the AT-120ET and its a wonderful match. The 120ET with its nude elliptical is a huge step up from the 95E.
The 120ET with its nude elliptical is a huge step up from the 95E.Going from a bonded to a nude elliptical stylus is almost always a big step up. Consider that the Grado Reference Platinum is $300 and the nude Sonata is $600, that the nude Ortofon 2M Blue is twice as much as the bonded 2M Red.
I didn't know you could get a cart with nude-mounted stylus for that little. It's even less at LpGear.
I know your not disputing anything John. I was just pointing out the differences between the cartridge that came with your TT and the AT-120E. Sorry if I sounded like I was defending the AT-120E - that certainly wasn't my intention.
The SL-1900 & SL-2000 were entry level direct drive tables built in 1977, the same year Technics also was building the much more expensive SL-1600, 1700 & 1800. Anyone giving the 1900/2000 a bad rap is no doubt comparing them to these latter tables. For what they cost at the time though, the 1900/2000 were good value priced TT's that punched well above the weight. And for what you paid at a thrift store, you did well John.