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waynejb
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New Cartridge Recommendations?

I have a 1980s vintage Kenwood KD-650 turntable with an AT-ML-150 cartridge. I've started recording all of my albums onto my PC with a PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter. Some of the albums date back to the 1950s, with many from the 60s and 70s. I clean them all with a Nitty-Gritty cleaner and I think I've got the cartridge set up pretty well as far as overhang, alignment, tracking force and so on. I'm no expert, but I took my best shot! Most albums sound pretty good re: clicks and pops, and many of those clean up nicely with VinylStudio. Some of them seem to have a lot of surface noise or "crackle" though. I'm wondering if a better cartridge might read deeper into the groove, ignoring the surface gunk. I can't find any information about the mass of the tonearm (not that I would know what to do with the information if I could find it), which I understand is important when trying to choose a new cartridge.

Soooo... recommendations?

Many thanks in advance,

Wayne

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Cartridge

The cartridge you have is a very good cartridge, which apparently sells for around $350, and it may be hard to beat without spending a lot of money. How old is it?

The Benz Micro Gold is what I have, and it is excellent; it sells for around $600.

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Cartridge

It's probably 10 or so years old. Someone recommended that I just replace the stylus for $279?
https://www.needledoctor.com/Audio-Technica-VMN50SH-Replacement-Stylus
Would something like the $650 Dynavector 10x5 that Art Dudley raved about be 1) a good match for my tonearm, and 2) substantially better sounding?

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Cavitation

Have you tried cleaning your albums ultrasonically (i.e. cavitation method) and, then using a preservative (e.g. Last)? I'm assuming here that you do all the usual stuff (i.e. cleaning your stylus before every play & at the end of every listening session; using a good quality record brush before & after every play; using good quality anti-static record sleeves; etc.). The other thing you could try is buying a new cartridge and having it set-up by a pro. Good luck!

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