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The Goldring 2500 matches Rega arms well, as does the DL110 and any number of Grados. There's also the AT95E at around the 20€ mark from william thakker.
You can get a new Rega P2-24 for £299 from Moorgate Acoustics on ebay or from their shop. Discontinued, so prices have dropped.
Last edited by Phillybuster; 25-02-2012 at 07:31 AM.
My favorite cart on the P3 was the Goldring 2500.
I prefered it to the GR-1042 and Dynavector DV10x5.
On a P3-24 with the outboard PSU it's a rig you could easily live with for a relatively modest investment.
There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.
I have a P3 (2000 version) with Goldring 1012 and am very satisfied with it. I previously used a Rega Super Elys. I much prefer the Goldring.
There's little to go wrong with Rega TTs and as has been mentioned earlier, there are loads available on the 2nd hand market.
Dynavector DV10x5 woerks brilliantly on my P3-24. However at the Bristol show yesterday I heard two RP3s, including one with Elys which sounded superb !
Tel, many thanks for your comments and recommendation. My Exotik doesn't have the optional phono stage and I use an external one. Your comment made me think and I checked and found out that my phono stage has the option to switch between MM and MC. Dohhhhhh........
It may also be worth adding the Audio Technica AT F3 mk.iii to the list, I can attest that it works well on a Planar 3, I set one up for my mate Jen on hers , it replaced a Sumiko Blue point Special evo. & she loves it to bits (runs it through my old project tubebox S.E.) & much prefers it to the Sumiko. It responds well to close & careful set up & on the P3 v.t.a is v. close to being right,maybe slightly tail down, with the felt platter mat on & no spacers, whereas the Sumiko was considerably taller & required the mat removing to even get close to correct v.t.a.
I also have one myself & currently on my technoarm/Gyro & really like it , esp. considering its price. whilst its bettered usefully by the oc9, between it & the rondo red its much closer & on balance I prefer the F3. I also have Goldring 1022gx/1042 as yardsticks having owned both, & both these were easily bettered by the F3 in my own system.
Re. my preference of it over the rondo red, the red is perhaps more correct sounding,the f3 more exciting & has more detail/immediacy/presence. I guess it may depend too on how able your phono stage is to exploit this cart (matching well etc.) & other speaker/system matching issues. For example if your system is a little ragged in the upper registers or the treble a little too "zingy" already then this cart may not suit. However I can definitely report that this cart definitely responds more than some to a little careful v.t.a. "tweakery" it definitely seems to prefer slightly "negative"(tail down) & in fact last time I set it up I tried it tail up & it sounded really horrible & obviously wrong , being rather searing & offensive.
I bought three last year (2 for my mate) for £160 ea. from Ian Harrison & currently they are £ 175/£190 from hi-fi shops, but likely still cheaper from I.H. Considering the replacement styli costs for the Goldring carts I believe the F3 to be v.g.f.m..
Gyro, Jelly750d, Oyaide MJ-12, AT33EV/OC9ml ii/F3iii, Rondo Red carts, Icon audio PS 1.2 phono, C.A. Stream Magic 6, Oppo BDP,(Synology DS715/Acer timeline X lappy. Alva Nanoface) M.F. A1fbp/Schiit Lyr2 pre's, XTZ ap100 power, XTZ99.36 speaks, x-can v8, AKG Q701
I recommend you push the boat out and get a really nice MM. You won't regret it in the long run.
I have a Goldring 2500 on my P3 24. Its sounds really sweet.
After all the wide variety of the different recommendations here and delving into google for reviews of what would get me going for a start I have ordered a Audio Technica AT 440 MLa which is highly regarded. Let's see how I get on once it is up and running. I can always change if it doesn't come up to expectations. Thank you all for your kind input.
Well I finally have the cartridge set up and playing and I am a happy bunny. It is really revealing a lot of previously unheard details in the music, sounds great with different kinds of music and the soundstage is marvellous in width and depth. I think it must be one of my best hifi buys!
The Goldring 1012GX is very good in the Rega arm, we'll be running one at the Scalford show this Sunday.
EDIT : just read the last post, 440's are nice too