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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 27,376
    dudeman said:
    mickeyrat said:
    New Stylus installed and the 1228 is running just fine. will do a service on it after a bit but think I'm gonna get the 1257 straight before I do the 1228. then on to the 1229Q.

    Very cool! How does it sound?

    with no work other than stylus it sounds fantastic. left channel randomly projects a muted sound occasionally? and takes a second to get to speed. cue needs adjusted to soften its drop.

    so happy I grabbed this. Craigslist find from a pawn shop. all spindle accessories are present. 
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  • dudemandudeman Posts: 2,712
    mickeyrat said:
    dudeman said:
    mickeyrat said:
    New Stylus installed and the 1228 is running just fine. will do a service on it after a bit but think I'm gonna get the 1257 straight before I do the 1228. then on to the 1229Q.

    Very cool! How does it sound?

    with no work other than stylus it sounds fantastic. left channel randomly projects a muted sound occasionally? and takes a second to get to speed. cue needs adjusted to soften its drop.

    so happy I grabbed this. Craigslist find from a pawn shop. all spindle accessories are present. 
    That's fantastic! Those little issues should be pretty easy to sort out. 

    Enjoy that thing!
    If hope can grow from dirt like me, it can be done. - EV
  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 27,376
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    Not today Sir, Probably not tomorrow.............................................. bayfront arena st. pete '94
    you're finally here and I'm a mess................................................... nationwide arena columbus '10
    memories like fingerprints are slowly raising.................................... first niagara center buffalo '13
    another man ..... moved by sleight of hand...................................... joe louis arena detroit '14
  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 27,376
    Gentlemen,

    what cart/stylus combos are you running and your various tables?

    just picked up an OE sled for the 1228 comete with changer dial. so 1/2 inch cart mount etc...

    also have a TK 120 TK 14 Sled coming with an OE Shure M75D and NG71 Stylus.
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    Not today Sir, Probably not tomorrow.............................................. bayfront arena st. pete '94
    you're finally here and I'm a mess................................................... nationwide arena columbus '10
    memories like fingerprints are slowly raising.................................... first niagara center buffalo '13
    another man ..... moved by sleight of hand...................................... joe louis arena detroit '14
  • dudemandudeman Posts: 2,712
    mickeyrat said:
    Gentlemen,

    what cart/stylus combos are you running and your various tables?

    just picked up an OE sled for the 1228 comete with changer dial. so 1/2 inch cart mount etc...

    also have a TK 120 TK 14 Sled coming with an OE Shure M75D and NG71 Stylus.
    I have a few that I switch between on my Dual 1019.

    Pickering XV-15, Audio-Technica 4414 and an Ortofon FF-15 XE Mark II are the three that sound the best to me. (I have a collection of vintage carts and styli.) The Ortofon and A-T both have elliptical stylus and I have a conical on the Pickering. The conical gets used for older records that aren't in the best shape since it is so forgiving of pops and cracks. Not the most detailed for high quality pressings, though. 

    The other two are pretty well matched performance-wise with the A-T being a little more open and airy and the Ortofon being a little warmer and darker. 

    Which record or pressing kind of determines which sled gets mounted.
    If hope can grow from dirt like me, it can be done. - EV
  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 27,376
    dudeman said:
    mickeyrat said:
    Gentlemen,

    what cart/stylus combos are you running and your various tables?

    just picked up an OE sled for the 1228 comete with changer dial. so 1/2 inch cart mount etc...

    also have a TK 120 TK 14 Sled coming with an OE Shure M75D and NG71 Stylus.
    I have a few that I switch between on my Dual 1019.

    Pickering XV-15, Audio-Technica 4414 and an Ortofon FF-15 XE Mark II are the three that sound the best to me. (I have a collection of vintage carts and styli.) The Ortofon and A-T both have elliptical stylus and I have a conical on the Pickering. The conical gets used for older records that aren't in the best shape since it is so forgiving of pops and cracks. Not the most detailed for high quality pressings, though. 

    The other two are pretty well matched performance-wise with the A-T being a little more open and airy and the Ortofon being a little warmer and darker. 

    Which record or pressing kind of determines which sled gets mounted.
    are you rebalancing the tonearm each switch or pretty well matched between them?

    _____________________________________SIGNATURE________________________________________________

    Not today Sir, Probably not tomorrow.............................................. bayfront arena st. pete '94
    you're finally here and I'm a mess................................................... nationwide arena columbus '10
    memories like fingerprints are slowly raising.................................... first niagara center buffalo '13
    another man ..... moved by sleight of hand...................................... joe louis arena detroit '14
  • dudemandudeman Posts: 2,712
    mickeyrat said:
    dudeman said:
    mickeyrat said:
    Gentlemen,

    what cart/stylus combos are you running and your various tables?

    just picked up an OE sled for the 1228 comete with changer dial. so 1/2 inch cart mount etc...

    also have a TK 120 TK 14 Sled coming with an OE Shure M75D and NG71 Stylus.
    I have a few that I switch between on my Dual 1019.

    Pickering XV-15, Audio-Technica 4414 and an Ortofon FF-15 XE Mark II are the three that sound the best to me. (I have a collection of vintage carts and styli.) The Ortofon and A-T both have elliptical stylus and I have a conical on the Pickering. The conical gets used for older records that aren't in the best shape since it is so forgiving of pops and cracks. Not the most detailed for high quality pressings, though. 

    The other two are pretty well matched performance-wise with the A-T being a little more open and airy and the Ortofon being a little warmer and darker. 

    Which record or pressing kind of determines which sled gets mounted.
    are you rebalancing the tonearm each switch or pretty well matched between them?

    I balance it every time I change it. I'll usually keep the same one on for days or weeks at a time and it only takes about 45 seconds to swap cartridge sleds and balance the tonearm. 
    If hope can grow from dirt like me, it can be done. - EV
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 38,643
    edited May 2022
    mickeyrat said:
    Gentlemen,

    what cart/stylus combos are you running and your various tables?

    just picked up an OE sled for the 1228 comete with changer dial. so 1/2 inch cart mount etc...

    also have a TK 120 TK 14 Sled coming with an OE Shure M75D and NG71 Stylus.

    Ortofon Red on my Project Carbon Debut

    Guy I ran into in a thrift store a few years ago gave me this long spiel about what a piece of crap my cart is. He said if I'm not spending at least a grand or more on a cart I'm wasting my time.  Funny guy.  I tried to explain that I base my stereo set up on two things:  1) what fits my budget and 2) at what point can I be satisfied with what I'm playing LPs on to my satisfaction and how can I get there.  It took awhile, but I'm there with this system:

    Project Carbon Debut with Red Ortofon and cork mat
    Marantz PM 5005 tuner amp
    Marantz CD 5005 CD player
    TAi100 Polk Audio bookshelf speakers on frameworks pads

    I cobbled together this setup from stuff I had up in the rafters for my wife:
    An older Goldring TT (not sure what cart, but it's decent)
    My old 70's Marantz tuner amp
    Another pair of Polk Audio bookshelf speakers

    16 AWG 5 Monster cable spool for both setups.

    I actually think her set up sounds a tad bit better (possibly due to the bigger room it's in), but she seldom uses it and I do now and then so I can't complain! 
    "I believe in the mystery, and I don't want to take it any further than that. Maybe what I mean by that is love."
    -John Densmore











  • Cropduster-80Cropduster-80 Posts: 2,034
    edited May 2022
    Aluminium sub platter upgrade… worth it?

    I’ve got an acrylic platter already which is pretty heavy. The subplatter is a light plastic but the aluminium one supposedly adds mass. 

    Has anyone done it and if so is it a noticeable improvement?
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 26,544
    brianlux said:
    mickeyrat said:
    Gentlemen,

    what cart/stylus combos are you running and your various tables?

    just picked up an OE sled for the 1228 comete with changer dial. so 1/2 inch cart mount etc...

    also have a TK 120 TK 14 Sled coming with an OE Shure M75D and NG71 Stylus.

    Ortofon Red on my Project Carbon Debut

    Guy I ran into in a thrift store a few years ago gave me this long spiel about what a piece of crap my cart is. He said if I'm not spending at least a grand or more on a cart I'm wasting my time.  Funny guy.  I tried to explain that I base my stereo set up on two things:  1) what fits my budget and 2) at what point can I be satisfied with what I'm playing LPs on to my satisfaction and how can I get there.  It took awhile, but I'm there with this system:

    Project Carbon Debut with Red Ortofon and cork mat
    Marantz PM 5005 tuner amp
    Marantz CD 5005 CD player
    TAi100 Polk Audio bookshelf speakers on frameworks pads

    I cobbled together this setup from stuff I had up in the rafters for my wife:
    An older Goldring TT (not sure what cart, but it's decent)
    My old 70's Marantz tuner amp
    Another pair of Polk Audio bookshelf speakers

    16 AWG 5 Monster cable spool for both setups.

    I actually think her set up sounds a tad bit better (possibly due to the bigger room it's in), but she seldom uses it and I do now and then so I can't complain! 
    Stupid comment from him.  Sure a thousand dollar cart is good, but you need a 4k TT and 3K speakers, 5k in integrated/pre/pro, etc. to recognize the improvement. Nothing wrong with an Ort Red for your Debut, which is an excellent TT.  Now you would probably notice an improvement if you went blue and you should consider that when your Red is cooked.  But he's talking nonsense.  
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 26,544
    Aluminium sub platter upgrade… worth it?

    I’ve got an acrylic platter already which is pretty heavy. The subplatter is a light plastic but the aluminium one supposedly adds mass. 

    Has anyone done it and if so is it a noticeable improvement?
    What TT are you using and how much is the sub?
  • Cropduster-80Cropduster-80 Posts: 2,034
    mrussel1 said:
    Aluminium sub platter upgrade… worth it?

    I’ve got an acrylic platter already which is pretty heavy. The subplatter is a light plastic but the aluminium one supposedly adds mass. 

    Has anyone done it and if so is it a noticeable improvement?
    What TT are you using and how much is the sub?
    Pro ject x2

    aluminum is like 170 vs the light plastic one that came with it.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 38,643
    mrussel1 said:
    brianlux said:
    mickeyrat said:
    Gentlemen,

    what cart/stylus combos are you running and your various tables?

    just picked up an OE sled for the 1228 comete with changer dial. so 1/2 inch cart mount etc...

    also have a TK 120 TK 14 Sled coming with an OE Shure M75D and NG71 Stylus.

    Ortofon Red on my Project Carbon Debut

    Guy I ran into in a thrift store a few years ago gave me this long spiel about what a piece of crap my cart is. He said if I'm not spending at least a grand or more on a cart I'm wasting my time.  Funny guy.  I tried to explain that I base my stereo set up on two things:  1) what fits my budget and 2) at what point can I be satisfied with what I'm playing LPs on to my satisfaction and how can I get there.  It took awhile, but I'm there with this system:

    Project Carbon Debut with Red Ortofon and cork mat
    Marantz PM 5005 tuner amp
    Marantz CD 5005 CD player
    TAi100 Polk Audio bookshelf speakers on frameworks pads

    I cobbled together this setup from stuff I had up in the rafters for my wife:
    An older Goldring TT (not sure what cart, but it's decent)
    My old 70's Marantz tuner amp
    Another pair of Polk Audio bookshelf speakers

    16 AWG 5 Monster cable spool for both setups.

    I actually think her set up sounds a tad bit better (possibly due to the bigger room it's in), but she seldom uses it and I do now and then so I can't complain! 
    Stupid comment from him.  Sure a thousand dollar cart is good, but you need a 4k TT and 3K speakers, 5k in integrated/pre/pro, etc. to recognize the improvement. Nothing wrong with an Ort Red for your Debut, which is an excellent TT.  Now you would probably notice an improvement if you went blue and you should consider that when your Red is cooked.  But he's talking nonsense.  

    Thumbs up, bud!
    "I believe in the mystery, and I don't want to take it any further than that. Maybe what I mean by that is love."
    -John Densmore











  • HesCalledDyerHesCalledDyer MarylandPosts: 16,218
    brianlux said:
    mrussel1 said:
    brianlux said:
    mickeyrat said:
    Gentlemen,

    what cart/stylus combos are you running and your various tables?

    just picked up an OE sled for the 1228 comete with changer dial. so 1/2 inch cart mount etc...

    also have a TK 120 TK 14 Sled coming with an OE Shure M75D and NG71 Stylus.

    Ortofon Red on my Project Carbon Debut

    Guy I ran into in a thrift store a few years ago gave me this long spiel about what a piece of crap my cart is. He said if I'm not spending at least a grand or more on a cart I'm wasting my time.  Funny guy.  I tried to explain that I base my stereo set up on two things:  1) what fits my budget and 2) at what point can I be satisfied with what I'm playing LPs on to my satisfaction and how can I get there.  It took awhile, but I'm there with this system:

    Project Carbon Debut with Red Ortofon and cork mat
    Marantz PM 5005 tuner amp
    Marantz CD 5005 CD player
    TAi100 Polk Audio bookshelf speakers on frameworks pads

    I cobbled together this setup from stuff I had up in the rafters for my wife:
    An older Goldring TT (not sure what cart, but it's decent)
    My old 70's Marantz tuner amp
    Another pair of Polk Audio bookshelf speakers

    16 AWG 5 Monster cable spool for both setups.

    I actually think her set up sounds a tad bit better (possibly due to the bigger room it's in), but she seldom uses it and I do now and then so I can't complain! 
    Stupid comment from him.  Sure a thousand dollar cart is good, but you need a 4k TT and 3K speakers, 5k in integrated/pre/pro, etc. to recognize the improvement. Nothing wrong with an Ort Red for your Debut, which is an excellent TT.  Now you would probably notice an improvement if you went blue and you should consider that when your Red is cooked.  But he's talking nonsense.  

    Thumbs up, bud!
    And the nice thing is you can just buy the blue stylus as it and the red use the same cartridge.
  • Glorified KCGlorified KC KCMO NativePosts: 2,160
    I'm budgeting $200 for a new turnable.  Does anyone have a suggestion or two?
    I wish I was a sacrifice, but somehow still lived on.
  • LB260405LB260405 Posts: 49
    Do you have an existing phono preamp or an integrated amplifier with a built-in phono preamp?

    If not, the Fluance RT-80 is a good starter turntable with a built-in phono preamp ($200).
    https://www.fluance.com/rt80-high-fidelity-vinyl-turntable-record-player-with-premium-cartridge-diamond-needle

    If so, the U-Turn Orbit Basic is a great option, as well ($200).
    https://uturnaudio.com/products/orbit-basic-turntable

    If you can save for a bit longer and bump your budget to $300, the Fluance RT-82 may serve you better. It is built with better parts than the RT-80, and can be upgraded very easily (platter, cartridge, etc.). This one will need a phono preamp.
    https://www.fluance.com/rt82w-reference-high-fidelity-vinyl-turntable-natural-walnut

    Check out this video about Fluance. It's very thorough, and may help push you in the right direction.
    https://youtu.be/owDQrelTR_A

  • Glorified KCGlorified KC KCMO NativePosts: 2,160
    LB260405 said:
    Do you have an existing phono preamp or an integrated amplifier with a built-in phono preamp?

    If not, the Fluance RT-80 is a good starter turntable with a built-in phono preamp ($200).
    https://www.fluance.com/rt80-high-fidelity-vinyl-turntable-record-player-with-premium-cartridge-diamond-needle

    If so, the U-Turn Orbit Basic is a great option, as well ($200).
    https://uturnaudio.com/products/orbit-basic-turntable

    If you can save for a bit longer and bump your budget to $300, the Fluance RT-82 may serve you better. It is built with better parts than the RT-80, and can be upgraded very easily (platter, cartridge, etc.). This one will need a phono preamp.
    https://www.fluance.com/rt82w-reference-high-fidelity-vinyl-turntable-natural-walnut

    Check out this video about Fluance. It's very thorough, and may help push you in the right direction.
    https://youtu.be/owDQrelTR_A


    I went with the RT-80!  Thank you for the suggestions!


    I wish I was a sacrifice, but somehow still lived on.
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