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    Thumbs up An afternoon with high-end tonearm designer Frank Schröder

    An interesting video to watch from someone who knows what he's talking about:



    Enjoy!

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    Thank you. That was interesting. I've only recently found Darko.Audio, but like what I've heard and seen on it so far.
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    Not a rivetting watch, and I'm surprised he suggested improving the cart. before arm and deck. I've always believed that (a) the arm is paramount (assuming the deck is adequate), and (b) arm and cart, must be synergistic as far as mass etc. goes. A low-end cart in a high-end arm will, i.m.o., outperform a high-end cart. in a low-end arm. Logical, surely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Reed View Post
    Not a rivetting watch, and I'm surprised he suggested improving the cart. before arm and deck.
    That's not quite what he said though, Mike. He said that in *some* circumstances improving the cartridge can be beneficial, but otherwise the tonearm is more important

    I also agree with Mark and you, in that improving the tonearm should come before the cartridge, but nothing in audio is black and white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Reed View Post
    I'm surprised he suggested improving the cart. before arm and deck. I've always believed that (a) the arm is paramount (assuming the deck is adequate), and (b) arm and cart, must be synergistic as far as mass etc. goes. A low-end cart in a high-end arm will, i.m.o., outperform a high-end cart. in a low-end arm. Logical, surely?
    Utter Bollox that price matching/level matching rubbish

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    I enjoyed it - unforced interview and non dogmatic, ego-less and open-minded guy.

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    My thoughts precisely, Martin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    .... but nothing in audio is black and white.

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    Well, my tonearm is black and aluminium. Is that close ? I obviously didn't listen intently enough but I got the impression that he'd put cart. before horse (sorry, arm) anytime, which did surprise me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Made in 1968 View Post
    Utter Bollox that price matching/level matching rubbish
    Well, what can I say (that's printable). Not that I quite understand by price matching (who mentioned that?) and level matching unless all the facets of cart./arm matching which I've more or less picked up over the decades is a load of tripe (received wisdom tripe, that is).

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    I liked it, and completely agree with him. In essence, there is no one golden nirvana, nothing is perfect and everyone is listening for something different

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