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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:54 pm 
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Hi all,

As the title states, I would like to consult with the many knowledgeables folks here on possible tonearm choices for my Garrard 301 rebuild. To put into perspective, I want to aim for a high end low output moving coil cartridge and want to know what tonearms would be most suitable for my application. I may post pics later of the massive solid wood plinth which I believe can house longer tonearms as well. Anyhow, these are questions:

1) Any 9” tonearm recommendations under $2000?
Is the Infinity Black Widow a suitable choice or are there any low mass high compliance cartridge recommendations to match? How about the Oracle Prelude arm taken from an Alexandria?

2) 10”-12” tonearm recommendations under $3000?
Is the Pro Ject 10cc a suitable choice on the Garrard? My dealer has one but I’ve never read of anyone using Pro Ject tonearms on a Garrard 301.

3) If none of the choices above are recommended, what are current users of Garrard 301’s using of one has a low outpute moving coil cartridge? I keep reading about Fidelity Research, Ortofon RMG, Rega RB300/Origin Live, Kuzma, plus some other high end stuff.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:08 pm 
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Please PM me regarding tonearms


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:21 pm 
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for n.1....sme 3009 but also the 309 may be good but probably $$$
for n.2.... no, to the Project arm but again the sme 3012 or sme 312 if budget allowes...

I like the old Ortofon tonearms the best (RMG, RMA or RF) or vey good was FR 64s on it too....other used also Rega with modern cartridges.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:49 pm 
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3. I like the EMT 997 with TSD15 on my 301. I'll post a picture if I can find it.

I'll also add:
1. Ortofn RMG 212 or SMG 212
2. Ortofon RMG 309, SME 3012

I used them all mainly with Ortofon SPU and Denon 103R and I like them all.

Here is a picture of mine:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:52 pm 
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libor wrote:
for n.1....sme 3009 but also the 309 may be good but probably $$$
for n.2.... no, to the Project arm but again the sme 3012 or sme 312 if budget allowes...

I like the old Ortofon tonearms the best (RMG, RMA or RF) or vey good was FR 64s on it too....other used also Rega with modern cartridges.



Agreed with both. Add the Linn ittok for the 9" arm. And perhaps the Ekos but that may be over budget


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:33 pm 
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Depends what sort of cartridges you want to use. The Ortofon arms are heavy and ideal for the Ortofon SPU's. If you go with a light 70's arm like the Infinity, it puts you into compliant MM's like the Shures and Supexes were in the day.

If it were me I'd go medium-heavy on a 301. A used FR/Ikeda, Graham, or maybe the newer Jelco or Abis if you don't want second hand.


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I would suggest a Jelco 750 or if you can find one, a Fidelity Research FR64S or even an FR12 -not easy to find. Otherwise, a SME 5000 would be another that comes to mind.


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it's critical to match the tonearm with the cartridge, regardless of the table. the table type, belt, idler, direct, has little to no bearing on the arm/cart.
you have to decide on a budget for arm/cart combination.
the plinth may limit the length of the arm. if it's not designed to take a 12" arm, then you're limited to 9 or 10 inch arms. however, the kuzma arms would be an option. with the VTA tower, a 12" arm mounts on a 10" platform.

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