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    ZYX R50 Bloom and an ESCO Denon 103 with the sapphire cantilever and paratrace tip would be other good options to consider. What's your tonearm, as that would affect the best match.
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    I’ve been through most of the cartridges mentioned and they are all excellent options. However, to add one more I reviewed the Clearaudio MC Essence a couple of years back. When it came time to return it. I told them they couldn’t have it back and to send me a bill instead!

    I am still absolutely loving it.
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    The Hana ML takes some beating at the 1k price point.
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    Kevin, does it have to be an MC? If not, why not give a Decca a go: https://www.analogueseduction.net/ca...cartridge.html

    I think with a mounting block it would work really well in your Funk arm

    I also like the Shelter 301: https://www.analogueseduction.net/ca...odel301II.html

    These are also highly regarded: https://www.analogueseduction.net/ca...cartridge.html

    Or a Jico [they don't just do stylus replacements]: https://www.lpgear.com/category/JICOCARTRIDGE.html

    I like 'leftfield' choices

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    Everyone I speak to rates the Hana ML - I like that it has Alnico magnets - poften useed on quite upmarket cartridges - why? I haven't the fogiest But i heard a 47labs which had them and it was excellent

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    Quote Originally Posted by topoxforddoc View Post
    ZYX R50 Bloom and an ESCO Denon 103 with the sapphire cantilever and paratrace tip would be other good options to consider. What's your tonearm, as that would affect the best match.
    The tonearm is a Funk Firm FX1200.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Kevin, does it have to be an MC? If not, why not give a Decca a go: https://www.analogueseduction.net/ca...cartridge.html

    I think with a mounting block it would work really well in your Funk arm

    I also like the Shelter 301: https://www.analogueseduction.net/ca...odel301II.html

    These are also highly regarded: https://www.analogueseduction.net/ca...cartridge.html

    Or a Jico [they don't just do stylus replacements]: https://www.lpgear.com/category/JICOCARTRIDGE.html

    I like 'leftfield' choices

    Marco.
    It does not have to be, as I could keep my Music Maker Classic. I am just tempted by a decent LOMC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Vinyl Adventure View Post
    The Hana ML takes some beating at the 1k price point.
    How does this compare to the Hana SL?
    The ML is better than the Benz SL at this price point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    It does not have to be, as I could keep my Music Maker Classic. I am just tempted by a decent LOMC.
    No worries. You've certainly got plenty of options!

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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    Phasemation's new PP-200 will be a contender in this price bracket, and I expect it to be available soon. Phasemation cartridges are beautifully built, have lower surface noise than most MC cartridges, and quite literally track like trains.

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    https://www.phasemation.com/product/pp-200.html


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