Originally Posted by lazytiki
I have an old Technics SL-1500 laying around and I was thinking about replacing the cartridge and putting it back in commission. Is this an O.K. table? My budget for the cartridge is around $100. With the new cartridge will I get a good sound out of this turntable or should I be looking at getting something new?
It's a very good turntable and can be upgraded much like the SL1200.
The best cartridge match would be a Denon like the DL-110 which should be available for around your budget price. This is a high output moving coil so should work with just about any phonostage, assuming you have one of those already right? a vintage reciever kicking around somewhere maybe?
Longterm you can upgrade the tonearm by removing the current arm and mount and fitting a new one like those supplied here soundsupports
A popular choice would be to a upgrade to Rega RB250 which will cost around 300USD.
It's also worth checking out the upgrades for the SL1200 at Kabusa as most of them should work on the SL1500. The outbard electronic PSU is meant to be a good upgrade and they also supply the Isonoe Audio Isolation System
feet which replace the stock ones.
The Sound Dead Steel
platter mat is another good upgrade to the standard rubber one.
The most important thing to bear in mind straight away though is that the Technics needs a solid platform to sit on in order to work properly. So unless you have concrete or stone floors then it's probably going to be better off on it's own wall mounted shelf like the ones made by Target or Apollo.
A fully upgraded Technics will be the equal of any modern turntable well into the thousands of dollars price bracket.