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I agree with inna, hold off until you can afford new speakers, although depending on what you end up with, that Cary amp may not have sufficient power to drive them.
You didn't mention which cartridge you're using but you might find a noticeable improvement with a cartridge upgrade. Looks like that McCormack Phono Drive can handle a wide range of cartridges.
Hi Inna and Tom,
Thank you for your thoughts.
My original thought was to look after the speakers and cartridge first, but agree that amp may not be a good match for them, hence starting w the TT/Arm.
The cartridge is the concept MM. Very basic... Decided I didn't want to get a cart yet as I want to make sure whatever I get will match with the arm I end up with.
The local dealer will let me try out the speakers - buy them and return if they don't "fit" - suppose that's an option also.
Perhaps my original approach is the better approach.
In my opinion, the turntable is the most important element of the analogue front end, tonearm next, cartridge last. I did it the other way, against expert advice, and regretted it.
Consider some of the less well-known brands, especially those that will deal factory direct. Trans-Fi is one such. Nottingham Analogue might be another, depending on whether or not they have distributor these days. I use a Nottingham as a second table for mono, and Trans-Fi tonearms on both my tables.
Also consider record cleaning, the more heroic the better. Clear improvements in sound, probable improvements in stylus life.
I don't know how exactly you clean the records. I use Okki Nokki too, with Audio Intelligent three step solutions. I first agitate with fluid and then soak for about ten minutes with fluid one, vacuum it off, and then fluid two, vacuum it off, then double rinse with step three water. If the record looked very dirty I clean it twice, again with soaking. Maybe not super cleaning but very good.
Only one Nottingham distributor/dealer in the US, as far as I know.
Larry, Hollywood Sound in Florida. Theoretically, unless they restict the sales for a particular region, one could get Nottingham from the UK, except motor and motor pulley for the US voltage/frequency. Significantly less expensive. Analogueseduction.net sells Nottinghams and many other brands and things. I got the cartridge from them, appear to be nice people.