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I currently am using Technics SL-2000 with Ortofon OM10 cart/stylus combo, Rek-o-Kut mkIII phono pre-amp, Pioneer Elite SC-75 receiver, with PSB Century 300i speakers. I'm very happy with the sound.

However, is it advisable for me to "upgrade" to Rega RP-1 with Ortofon OM5? Or should I go to Marantz TT-15s before I can really hear the sound upgrade?

Thank you very much beforehand.

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A second hand non DJ'd SL1200 would be an upgrade. Regas are way over rated.
But if you're happy, why change?
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Regas are way over rated.




...please explain
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Regas are way over rated.

...please explain

I have one, and for all the world it looks to me like a circa 1960s AR turntable with a glass platter. The tone arm from another manufacturer is far better than the AR arm.

it is an OK TT, but nothing to write home about. Of course what can you do with something that is condemned to spin mere vinyl for the rest of its life? ;-)
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...please explain
I've had 2. They're just not that good especially for the money they charge. I agree with Arny's synopsis.
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So in your opinion I should stay with my SL2000 instead of going with RP1 (I can get a refurbished one for $300).

As for the TT15s, it doesn't dazzle me (it's not worth the $1700 price, IMHO)

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Best bet call Jay at Audio Revelations, let him know your budget and he'll get your sorted. Great deals on refurbished Sota tables.
http://www.audiorevelation.com/cre/category.php?cPath=31
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So in your opinion I should stay with my SL2000 instead of going with RP1
I wouldn't bother.
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Thank you!

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However, is it advisable for me to "upgrade" to Rega RP-1 with Ortofon OM5? Or should I go to Marantz TT-15s before I can really hear the sound upgrade?
The last thing you need is to upgrade your turntable. Upgrade the cartridge, if you want to spend some dough. Or send the table to www.kabusa.com and have Kevin add a fluid damper for the tonearm.

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How about upgrading my ortofon OM10 to OM40?

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You can swap in the 20, 30, or 40 stylus into your current OM10 cartridge body. The 20 is supposed to be a nice improvement over the 10, with the 30 and 40 being better yet. But I have not personally compared them. I do wonder whether your SL-2000's tonearm might be too low-compliance (too heavy) to work well with the higherr-compliance 20/30/40 stylii.
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I do wonder whether your SL-2000's tonearm might be too low-compliance (too heavy) to work well with the higherr-compliance 20/30/40 stylii.
Relevant specs:
SL1200 arm wt.: 12g
OM40 wt.: 5g
OM40 compliance: 25 uM/uN

Resonant freq.: 7.7 Hz

A shade lower than ideal, but should work fine.

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Relevant specs:
SL1200 arm wt.: 12g
OM40 wt.: 5g
OM40 compliance: 25 uM/uN

Resonant freq.: 7.7 Hz

A shade lower than ideal, but should work fine.
The SL2000 has an entirely different tonearm than the SL1200.
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The SL2000 has an entirely different tonearm than the SL1200.
Oops. Brain freeze.

I can't find an effective mass for the 2000 arm. If it's substantially heavier, that would be a problem. The fact that he's currently running it with an OM10, however, suggests that it would not be.

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The SL2000 has an entirely different tonearm than the SL1200.
Oops. Brain freeze.

I can't find an effective mass for the 2000 arm. If it's substantially heavier, that would be a problem. The fact that he's currently running it with an OM10, however, suggests that it would not be.

The SL2000 users manual seems to be no help.

If you have both tonearms on hand and can remove the counterweights, comparing their weights can get you into the ballpark.
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I don't have the experience that some of these guys have with other TT's, but I can tell you my experience with my RP-1. I love it. It is quiet, It spins at a consistent 33 1/3 rpm's so I hear little to no wow or flutter. The tone are is one of their own design and uses a proprietary composite material. I think it's a fantastic TT. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
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