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    The most evenly balanced MC I've heard is the Technics EPC-305MC. No undue emphasis anywhere, but superbly detailed and very transparent. I kept mine for twenty years 'cos it beat all competition. When that came along, I sold my SPU, Decca Mk.IV and Londons. (kept the ADC's though )

    They are like gold dust though. Nigh on impossible to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    The most evenly balanced MC I've heard is the Technics EPC-305MC. No undue emphasis anywhere, but superbly detailed and very transparent. I kept mine for twenty years 'cos it beat all competition. When that came along, I sold my SPU, Decca Mk.IV and Londons. (kept the ADC's though )

    They are like gold dust though. Nigh on impossible to find.
    You've got me looking

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    The most evenly balanced MC I've heard is the Technics EPC-305MC. No undue emphasis anywhere, but superbly detailed and very transparent. I kept mine for twenty years 'cos it beat all competition. When that came along, I sold my SPU, Decca Mk.IV and Londons. (kept the ADC's though )

    They are like gold dust though. Nigh on impossible to find.
    Still got it?

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    Oh. And if you spot one of these or the MC202. You'd probably really enjoy what it can do. I had a couple and thought they were very nice indeed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Still got it?
    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Nope.
    Ah,

    There are many FR carts that are any good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    You've got me looking
    You might get one from Japan, but I think they are likely to command daft prices these days. Jez Arkless has the aluminium cantilever version, the EPC-310MC. The 305 has Boron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    You might get one from Japan, but I think they are likely to command daft prices these days. Jez Arkless has the aluminium cantliever version, the EPC-310MC. The 305 has Boron.
    Hmm, I'll have a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    There are many FR carts that are any good?
    They never made a bad one as far as I know. I've owned two MC201's and thought they sounded great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    They never made a bad one as far as I know. I've owned two MC201's and thought they sounded great.
    I've owned quite a few FR cartridges, they can come across a bit dull if not carefully matched for SUT.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N + Shure M3D Jico stylus; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0 retipped by Ana Mighty Sound bamboo cantilever, Spirit '78' 3.0 conical from Ana, also vintage GE VRII, Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Duncan 'Tuberhunter' 200w class D; preamp - Pass DCB1; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage SPU-GE; SUTs - Ortofon 2-15k & Bob's Devices; Phono Stage: Schiit Mani; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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