I was recently very pleasantly surprised by a Mission 774, which 'sounded' great to me on an original 1979 spec LP12 which didn't even have a Nirvana kit fitted - absolutely no boom or bass hangover, which shocked me more than a little. The fact that this dog's dinner of an arm was singing so sweetly with good bearings and working cueing device etc. after forty years was another happy surprise
I really like the Mission 774 arm. Its a steal if you find a nice one.
No F#ck all about arms and or cartridges I would rather spend my money on a top class digital front end speakers and amplification for far less money than it takes fiddling with a bloody record player.
The difference between a decent deck like a rega planar 2 or 3 with the rb 250/rb 300 stock arm and a decent MM cartridge, and some highly priced deck cartridge and arm, is a great and sobering introduction to the world of diminishing returns.
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Handbook & original Product Lit.. Never ever said anything about a 3009, cos it was not
Thats been added by the mag.. Those boxes must be later cos when i first bought mine in the early 80's it said nothing what so ever about it being a Mk.3 3009 nor did any of the litrature i had sent by SME at the time. Thats all im saying. Even that CA 1 carry arm box my original never said 3009 it just did not.
Nice slimey of engine having a stab without Bigman getting on to him.