I have just bought an older Linn LP12 with a Naim Aro (my own tonearm that the seller borrowed this spring). The player was adjusted by a professional this summer.
I will install a MM pickup in the arm. This will be turntable number two so I do not want an expensive PU in the arm.
What will fit? Price should not be over £3-400.
I like the sound of Dynavector, Audio Technica
I am in the process of ordering an Audio Technica 760SLC from Cymbiosis (to be installed in an ARO for my own ‘second system’ with a NAIT50 at its heart). Its price is rather higher than you have indicated, but Mr Swain persuaded me that it would be an ideal match for the new NAIT.
I suggest that you have a look at the Cymbiosis website, which has a full list of Audio Technica MM and MC cartridges with their respective prices.
A Goldring 1042 fits nicely within your budget and for an MM cartridge is very good value for money as well. I had one for years fitted to an SME 3009 arm and Technics SL 150 deck. The same cart got moved to a Rega RB 330 arm and Michell Gyro SE. It’s a very detailed cart and paired with a good MM phono stage is very hard to beat for an MM.
Yes but that would make it a Linn only cartridge, which will only benefit Linn IMV. It would also deny the possibility of trying different adjustment points, let’s keep in mind there is no right or wrong when it comes to cartridge adjustment, it is a choice of which compromise suits your system and preferences better.
The cheapest Grado was good. I do not know what they offer now. This was a long time ago!
My experience with Moving Iron variants was not good. Still want to try Nagaoka MP-500. ( I just looked. I can’t believe it’s also over 800USD now )
Sure, but with no play whatsoever? Not the tiniest wiggle possible? I imagine even with three holes you’d check the geometry, same as with slots. It’s just that you can’t try different geometries, and it’s impossible to be far off?