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Ortofon VMS30 MkII - MC or MM?

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by the_sanguine, Jul 3, 2004.

  1. the_sanguine

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    Can somebody please tell me if this cartridge is MC or MM? Also, haveing just bought a Regar Planner 3 with it fitted, I don't know it's history. Should I think about replacing it? If so, what with?
     
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    A quick search reveals some scanty info. Its MM, goes well with RB250/300 arms and the Germans seem to like them. Best advice, take the cart to a dealer or get a magnyfying glass to check if its worn out.Then make sure your arm is Ok and you have set up VTA, tracking force, anti skate and that the stylus is set up with a protractor. If its OK, stick an album on and have a listen...............do you like what your hearing ? Yes, then keep it. No,then buy something else. Spares stylus are still available from Ortofon.

    Carts are the icing on the cake of a turntable, not the cake itself. The most important part of any TT is the TT itself, make sure the bearings are smooth, the belt is not slipping and any suspension system is functioning without binding. Then it needs placing on a level and I do mean level (get a circular bubble level from Farnell at about £2), vibration free surface (wall shelves are ideal, Rega do a fantastic one and they often appear on Ebay, but are only about £60 new).

    Next up is the tone arm and its interaction with the Deck. Regas are very good mechanically, but its worth checking the bearings (no play and smooth operation). The securing nut to the plinth is better if its only hand tight, make sure the wiring isnt binding anywhere.

    If all is well then we come to cart set up. You will need a protractor (usually a cheap cardboard thing that fits over the centre spindle to align the cart properly. Next up is a cheap stylus balance (search the web. Ortofon do a cheap one and it arrives with some carts as a freebee). To set up the stylus tracking force its best (on Rega RB300s ) to set the tracking force adjuster to maximum and use the counterweight on the tone arm to set the correct force. (this is not mentioned in the instructions, but is the poven method).

    Finally theres the job of making sure the cart is perpendicular to the record and that just leaves VTA (we wont get into this here, theres lots on the web) but in a nut shell, if the cart sounds too bright and lacks bass then the arm needs to be lowered at the pivot end, if its too bassy and lacks detail then it needs raising.

    Hope Im not teaching you too suck eggs, but many people by a TT because they expect it to trounce a CD players performance, but never set it up correctly. TTs are not like CDPs they need care and attention (one reason why CDs took over), just plonking one down on top of the nearest hifi rack wont do.
     

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