Ortofon 2M Bronze you'll need to get a 2mm shim kit to adjust the VTA.
Needle Doctor has both.
Needle Doctor has both.
@audiosavage1 - Can you switch to MC ?
If yes then you could try the Denon DL-103 or one of the many versions from people like soundsmith, or Zu - two companies that upgrade the standard 103 for even better performance.
If your phono stage does not have enough gain - try the Denon DL-110
I've had Denon on my TT for several years - I had the Elys 2 for a very short while, but switched to the 103 and never looked for anything else
Regards - Steve
So here's the question:
Moving coil or moving magnet? Answering that question will (maybe) narrow down the choices. Also - shims to me aren't an issue (well - they might be - I've never dealt with them before - but I wouldn't mind fiddling with them). I just want compatibility with the tonearm / head I also told my wife that I'd be looking at a new cartridge and she didn't balk, so the search can move forward full speed ahead.
@audiosavage1 - Once I replaced the Elys 2 with the Denon DL103, I started thinking of the next mod’
I thought maybe adding a one piece harness - it may breath new life into my TT/cartridge.
Cost is around $450
- I started with this upgrade and it was pretty good - for a couple of years :-(
Then a friend told me about the Audiomods arm that comes with the one piece harness
It uses a Rega Arm tube - but the similarities stop right there - the rest of the arm is completely re-designed/built to exacting standards!
I bought the Audiomods "Classic" arm (bead-blasted) and was extremely glad I did. It finally allowed me to hear what my cartridge was really capable of.
Great to look at, extremely high level of craftsmanship and superb abilities and performance is what makes this arm something of a "keeper"
Other Rega owners I know are extremely happy with their Audiomods.
If I had my time over again - I’d skip straight to the Audiomods. It made the most amazing difference to my analogue rig - even with an unmodified Denon DL103 on the end - add a shim, and you’ll be in heaven.
Like most people - I had a budget, so I went with the one piece harness. But hindsight being 20/20, it turns out the harness upgrade was a bit of a waste of funds.
Here’s my Audiomods are on the TT
And here’s a worthwhile Denon DL103 Tweak - cost - $12.50
I now have a Denon DL103 modified by Soundsmith (with a shim) and it is superb - I haven’t even bothered looking for another cartridge.
Sorry for perhaps creating confusion, but being someone that was once in your very position - I thought I’d share one of my mistakes and a couple of my successes.
BTW - the Audiomods should also improve on the performance of your Elys 2
Damn me now - thank me later :-)..
WillieWonka - those are some tempting upgrades. After talking with my dealer (I live across the country from the folks I've been using but they've been stellar), I'm going to get the TT up and on the wall with a wall bracket / shelf, obtain an after-market cork or other mat (the felt is a freaking dust and static charge magnet), do some more isolation of the other equipment, think about power cable upgrades (TT and amp) and then look at either a new cartridge and/or tonearm set-up. I'm just getting into the mid-fi game and have kids to put through college, so although there's a lot of room to improve, the steps will have to be small / incremental.
I would only be sure about the 2M series. I shimmed my 303 arm with these little plumbing washers; even tested them with a micrometer to see if they had tight tolerances, which indeed they did to at least a ten-thousandth on an inch. I also sent my arm to Brit Audio and had the wiring upgraded. It was a great combo.
My thinking exactly. Upgrade the table and then move from there. Cartridge is the least important element, within reason, of table/arm/cartridge/phono set-up. I use $375 ( from the UK ) Goldring 1042 MM cartridge with Nottingham Spacedeck/Spacearm table and AcousTech phono and feel no need to upgrade the cartridge. I would upgrade the phono with a great tube unit if I could, though the AcousTech is very good.
As far as I know, there is only one distributor/dealer in the US - Hollywood Sound in Florida. I talked to Larry, the owner, a few times but don't know how he sells outside his area. He really likes Nottingham and strongly prefers MCs with them. Problem is that good MC are expensive and require better and quieter phono. I cannot justify paying, say, $1500 for top of the line Goldring MC or close to $2000 for Lyra Delos, as examples.