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I've just been given this turntable, and think I should replace the cartridge. It has a Technics 2700 in place, but I believe it would have had a lot of DJ use in it's prior life.

Should I replace with something like the Ortofon OM5E, or would the arm prefer a slightly heavier cartridge like the 2m Red?

Is online the only place to buy cartridges? Do any HiFi retailers keep any stock?

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I've just been given this turntable, and think I should replace the cartridge. It has a Technics 2700 in place, but I believe it would have had a lot of DJ use in it's prior life.

Should I replace with something like the Ortofon OM5E, or would the arm prefer a slightly heavier cartridge like the 2m Red?

Is online the only place to buy cartridges? Do any HiFi retailers keep any stock?

If it's been a DJ rig and you care about your vinyl i'd advise getting a new cart. As for what to get, really don't know for that TT. Maybe have a look over at Vinyl Engine, think they have a cart/arm data base. Also the guys over on StereoNet might be able to help.

Yeah some hifi shops do stock carts, but often not a huge variety that i've seen. If not in a hurry, do check out William Thakker on ebay. Shipping was around a week for mine, and he does have the best prices i've seen.

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Thanks for the feedback. Now I just need to get a replacement belt, and sort out some looseness of the headshell to the arm. Well, I did get the TT for free.

Just to keep the topic going, any thoughts on the Audio Technica AT95E versus an Ortofon 2M Red. I'm thinking I'll get the Ortofon. Any opinions?

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Thanks for the feedback. Now I just need to get a replacement belt, and sort out some looseness of the headshell to the arm. Well, I did get the TT for free.

Just to keep the topic going, any thoughts on the Audio Technica AT95E versus an Ortofon 2M Red. I'm thinking I'll get the Ortofon. Any opinions?

The 2m red is really good bang for buck, and a perfect cart for someone just starting out. But it's also something you'll want to upgrade down the track if you get serious about vinyl.

I see you've posted on SNA. Might be worth posting a wanted to buy thread over there as I'm sure you could pick up a good second hand cart at a good price if only testing the vinyl water....

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The 2m red is really good bang for buck, and a perfect cart for someone just starting out. But it's also something you'll want to upgrade down the track if you get serious about vinyl.

I see you've posted on SNA. Might be worth posting a wanted to buy thread over there as I'm sure you could pick up a good second hand cart at a good price if only testing the vinyl water....

Have done that, thanks.

If anyone here has an unused cartridge, Audio Technica AT95E or Ortofon OM5E or 2M Red (must be someone who has upgraded to Blue?) and would like to offload to a good home (yeah, I know, only a Technics ttable, but it's a start), please PM me. Looking to pay about half retail price.

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