Originally Posted by Delirious Lab
Just traded in the entry-level kit for an Ariston RD-11S. Grace 747 tonearm, Shure M91ED cart.
Beautiful it ain't.
Just joking - RD-11S was a designed by Hamisch Robertson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linn_Products - there is very little difference from the early Linn Sondek LP12 - square section belt/motor pulley being the most notable. It has classic, timelessly good appearence.
Grace G 747 ( a detacheable headshell version of more known/popular G 707 ) is, if and when working properly ( bearing adjustment(s)) , still a formidable tonearm. Despite being low mass, it can accomodate all but lowest compliance MCs - but its real forte is with high/highish/medium compliance MMs. It can be further improved by counterweight - but that is something to consider at a later stage.
Shure 91, although nothing to write home about, is a decent performer at least.
I guess this TT in its present form has all but removed issues with high pitched female voices in your operas .
I am still using main bearing and platter from the RD-11S - since late 70s. It is a durable piece of kit - take good care of it - and enjoy .