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Philmcl
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Where to go from Pro-ject debut III (MMF-5?)

I've owned a Project Debut III for about a year and a half now, and I am looking into upgrading. I about 8 months ago I replaced the crummy stock ortofon cart with a clearaudio aurum classic, which was a great improvement. However, I think it's time to move up.

Currently, the turntable that has caught my eye is the Music Hall mmf-5, roughly $600. It's beautiful and quite feature-rich for the price range. One of my concerns is that the tonearm is the same between the two of them, and I wonder how different they would be. What do people think of this item one, on its own, and two, as a pick from the horde of turntables in my budget range, $500-$750?

As a sub question, how does the goldring 1012gx that comes stock on the MMF-5 compare to the clearaudio aurum classic?

Thank you all very much, this is my first post on these forums and I look forward to talking to you all.

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Re: Where to go from Pro-ject debut III (MMF-5?)

Before you sh!tcanned your Ortofon OM5E, you could have replaced the stylus with the OM10, 20, 30 or 40 for a much improved sound. The cartridge wasn't crummy, the stylus was.

I'd look at a Rega P2 ($525) with an Audio-Technica AT-OC9 MLII ($280 or $220 off list price at LPGear right now) for $805 total. You'ld be way ahead of a Music Hall MMF-5 with a Goldring G1012.

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Re: Where to go from Pro-ject debut III (MMF-5?)

I second the Rega recommendation, but suggest maybe starting out with a Bias2 or Elys2 cartridge for guaranteed compatibility and ease of use.

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Re: Where to go from Pro-ject debut III (MMF-5?)

Erik_B is quite right. I got a little excited thinking of the possiblilities. A Rega P2 with a Rega Elys Mk2 MM for $750 would also be way ahead of a Music Hall MMF-5 with a Goldring G1012 and compatibility/ease of use would be assured. No MC phono stage would be required as would be necessary with the Audio-Technica AT-OC9 MLII. Thanks for bringing me back to earth.

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