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Technics SL-B202 with Marantz “head” and Shure (?) M75MG stylus - bad for vinyl?

pd44

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Hi,

We bought a secondhand turntable as described above.

I’m wondering if the combination is bad for my records? Quite tinny treble that even hurts my ears quite often.

Afraid I don’t know much about turntables, but remember that most of my records used to sound nicer than this.
 

Gray

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Technics, Marantz and Shure have never been bad for vinyl.
I hope you didn't play any precious vinyl without thoroughly checking*that stylus though :unsure:
(*Nothing less than a microscope for me).
 
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Al ears

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By Marantz 'head', do you mean the phono stage of an integrated amplifier? What model?

How much would you be prepared to spend on a new cartridge?
I think he might mean headshell not phono stage
The Shure cartridge is ancient and probably knackered. When are people going to learn vinyl on the cheap is going to be full of issues.
 
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pd44

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Sorry for the delay; I shall clarify.

I did mean cartridge head (or headshell?), not phono stage.

I previously had a Technics direct drive from '86, can't remember which, but it got stolen; it had a much lighter & smaller tonearm.

Anyway, I read this article about setting up a tonearm - https://blog.discogs.com/en/how-to-setup-your-turntable/ - and on our turntable the tracking force was set way too high.

I've adjusted it and ordered a replacement stylus here - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Diamond-Sapphire-Stylus-for-Cell-Shure-M75MG-Type-2-Type-II/383753071843?_trkparms=aid=1110002&algo=SPLICE.SOI&ao=1&asc=20200722115301&meid=f9364a1d2370444d84ecb27d5a59fd03&pid=100044&rk=1&rkt=12&sd=293714707431&itm=383753071843&pmt=0&noa=1&pg=2508447&algv=SellersOtherItemsV2&_trksid=p2508447.c100044.m43681

Should be good? I'm not going to play any records until the new stylus comes.
 
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Gray

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Sorry for the delay; I shall clarify.

I did mean cartridge head (or headshell?), not phono stage.

I previously had a Technics direct drive from '86, can't remember which, but it got stolen; it had a much lighter & smaller tonearm.

Anyway, I read this article about setting up a tonearm - https://blog.discogs.com/en/how-to-setup-your-turntable/ - and on our turntable the tracking force was set way too high.

I've adjusted it and ordered a replacement stylus here - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Diamond-Sapphire-Stylus-for-Cell-Shure-M75MG-Type-2-Type-II/383753071843?_trkparms=aid=1110002&algo=SPLICE.SOI&ao=1&asc=20200722115301&meid=f9364a1d2370444d84ecb27d5a59fd03&pid=100044&rk=1&rkt=12&sd=293714707431&itm=383753071843&pmt=0&noa=1&pg=2508447&algv=SellersOtherItemsV2&_trksid=p2508447.c100044.m43681

Should be good? I'm not going to play any records until the new stylus comes.
Nice and your detachable headshell will make fitting the new stylus that bit easier.
Sorry to hear about your stolen TT, we can only hope the stealer(s) experience a horrendous life event of some sort.
 
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