Well Tempered and EMT JSD S75 Cartridge

I am in the process of selecting a cartridge for my new Well Tempered GTA MkII turntable with LTD tone arm. 

I have been running the EMT TSD-15 Cartridge with the Auditorium T-2 step-up transformer on my Well Tempered Amadeus.

I've heard positive feedback on the EMT 75th Anniversary Cartridge (JSD S75).

I'd be interested in feedback from anyone using this combination. 


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There'a a Tsd-75 as well. Not sure if you were aware. My guess is that cartridge is very close in spec to the 15. My dealer said while it may be subtle, he does like the TSD-75 better. I would ask your dealer about the JSD series on your WT arm, but the T2 is certainly the SUT to have. I run a Tsd-15 on a GTA (mk1), in to a T2, and VR. While the WT may now be the week link in my system, I could certainly spend more, and do a lot worse. 

I have a EMT 75th Anniversary Cartridge (JSD S75). 

My system is different and posted on this site. I have a Garrard 301 with Ortofon 309 D tonearm, running the cartridge directly into an Audio Research Reference 3 Phono Preamp.

I have heard the EMT TSD-15 Cartridge. I think the JSD S75 has a little more detail resolution and is more quiet in the groove than the TSD-15.

Hi Fin04 and Jperry,

Thank you for the feedback. Once I get the new analogue front end in place, I'll post some photos.

Jperry, I saw your system photos......impressive! Perhaps one day I'll get a Garrard 301. 

I'm hoping that this Well Tempered/EMT combination will greatly improve my system.

Thanks again for the advice.


Thanks for the kind comment. I look forward to hearing about your new analog front end,

Best Regards,

Jim Perry
labpro- Do you have the Tsd-15, Amadeus, and T2 running at this time?

Hi fjn04,

You are correct......I am running the EMT TDS-15, Auditorium T-2 and the Amadeus MkII, as currently pictured on the Well Tempered Labs Web site.



Thanks labpro- when you wrote statement below, I got a bit confused.
"I'm hoping that this Well Tempered/EMT combination will greatly improve my system."
Now you and Jim have me thinking about another EMT. 
Please chime back in if you end up making the move (-:

Great system. Let me know if you are in Phoenix, AZ
labpro, have you made any move to another cartridge?
Maybe you could also try the Decca/London cartridges.
I have a London Reference on my old Well Tempered Signature and this is fantastic!
I run both Amadeus and GTA tables... I have a Maple wood body Denon 103 on my Amadeus and tsd-15 on my GTA. I would love to try one of the London cartridges. They are not only supposed to be a good match for the WT, but also a good match in to my Croft phono. I have not had the opportunity to hear the Jsd-75 Anniversary. I consider the Tsd-15 to be a great value, and  I'm sure this holds true for the Tsd-75 that replaced it... The latter not to be confused with the JSD-75 Anniversary, which sells for quite a bit more money.

I ended up going for the EMT 75th Anniversary cartridge and the Well Tempered Amadeus GTA mkII.

I'd say there is a 60% improvement over my TSD-15......more expensive as fin04 points out, but honestly worth it.

I also went "all out" and got a Box Furniture Rack.

I'm running out of things to complain about with my system.

Looking into the EMT cartridge as well. Who do we contact for purchase? Tone imports does not seem to be responding to emails.
thank you.
Hi 737max,

I have been working with Jim Uban for about 6 years now. He is very fair, honest and knowledgeable.

He has Shindo, EMT, Well Tempered and all the Tone Imports brands. Jim can be reached at (978) 609-1601.

Good luck.
Not sure where you are located, but I bought my EMT from Glen at Arizona Hi Fi in Phoenix Arizona. You can reach them at 602.264.4434.

Both Jim and Glen are very good guys. I own and enjoy the Tsd-15, which now of course, is replaced by Tsd-75. As I understand it, their two TOP tier cartridges are the JSD 75 Platinum and JSD-75 Anniversary. I believe both the JSD-75 Silver and Gold are still in the line. Which leads to my question, does anyone know the difference between the Platinum and Anniversary? My understanding is the PL is $5,000 US, the ANN is $4,500... The latter is a lighter weight, so perhaps compatible with a slightly wider range or tonearms. Again, just my understanding. Cheers-Don

737max- Really should mention... Jonathan will get back to you, if he hasn't already. He is usually right on top of it.

I have not had experience with the JSD 75 Platinum, but I did upgrade from the TSD-15 to the JSD-75 Anniversary.......I use the A23 T-2 step-up.

You can expect a 60% "top to bottom" improvement over the TSD-15.