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    Default Technics SL-1210Mk2 Tonearm change ?

    Hi everyone, I've not been active on this forum for long, so please be gentle with me...
    So, I'm considering changing the standard tonearm on my SL-1210Mk2, as you can see from my signature, I've made various mods already and I have the 'itch' to play (and empty my savings account) again.
    From what I've read and picked up, the tonearm is another area of improvement for the Technics, so I wondered what opinions from your good fellows are ?
    My budget is not massive, ideally I'd love a SME V (hi-fi porn), but I can only dream of one of those, so getting back to reality I'm thinking of a Jelco SA750DB.
    I know that these are being discontinued for a new model, but are still in the £500 region.
    I really want a detachable headshell option, so I can alternate cartridges, again this limits some options.
    So over to you.....
    Thanks in advance for any info and advice...Richard
    Last edited by ziggy47; 17-04-2018 at 16:48. Reason: Bad grammar

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    Ooooops, seems I may have posted in the wrong group, copied now to The Techipedia group, apologise for my error....

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    The Jelco is a good solid way forward.

    Many, many arms will fit, though not all. Max spindle to pivot distance that will fit is around 240mm.
    The platter is quite low so some Kuzma arms for instance won't fit unless you use a thicker platter mat or headshell spacers.
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    Yes as above, the Jelco is a good choice.
    Chris

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    Thanks for your comments

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    I had an SME III on mine and it worked well. The standard arm isn't that bad but certainly can be improved upon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smegger68 View Post
    I had an SME III on mine and it worked well. The standard arm isn't that bad but certainly can be improved upon
    Agreed!

    Depends on how far you want to go with the Techie.

    I had the improved standard tonearm that came on my 1210 MK5g.

    I fitted the KAB resonance cap, fluid damper, ADC Magnesium headshell and Ortofon 2M black mm.

    Certainly made a sweet sound

    As I say, depends on how far you plan to go with your Techie as in my experience the stock arm is limited.
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    Amplification - Sansui AU-alpha 707 DR
    Turntable - Modified Technics SL1210 MK5G
    Mike New precision bearing, bearing base plate, ETP Platter
    Micro Seiki MA-202 tonearm, rewired, hybrid ceramic bearings
    Ortofon Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge
    Yannis Tome 423.5 Silver-Litz tonearm cable with KLEI Pure Silver Harmony plugs
    Ebony armboard
    Audio Technica MS-8 Magnesium headshell, Ortofon pure silver headshell leads
    Isonoe Isolation Feet
    Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules), DCSXL pure-silver DC lead with Jaegar low impedance connector
    CDP - Pioneer PD-91
    Speakers - Spendor D7
    QED Silver Spiral speaker cable, Airlock plugs - bare wire amp end.
    Mains - Ultra Pure silver plated un-switched socket, Missing link EPS 500 silver plated plugs with Hi-Fi Tuning gold plated silver ceramic 13 amp fuses

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