Originally Posted by Skylab
You'd have to spend a LOT to get better than the Glider L2. I have the next step up in the Benz line, the Wood L2, and it's a little better, at 50% more in price. Starting with the ACE, I think Benz cartridges are very hard to beat.
And while I don't know much about that arm, it sure LOOKS cool
Nice vinyl rig. I love vinyl.
Thanks for your impressions - I haven't tried other carts in my rig yet, but considering the sound I'm hearing now, it's just impossible to imagine anything
sounding more that marginally better compared to the Glider. Never encounter any tracking problems, either. It's truly amazing.
To be honest though, being a perpetual tweaker/upgrader - I would've already upgraded to the Wood L2 by now if not for the fact that my tonearm's effective mass is so heavy (about 22 grams). Going by the online calculators, it seems that the lower mass Glider is actually more ideal in this setup, at least with regards to the resonant frequency.
Still, someday I might ask my dealer's opinion on changing to the wood cart. He set the table all up for me, and it's clear he's quite an expert. You know you're dealing with someone competent when he reminisces about setting up those vintage Fidelity Research arms, back when they were new in the 80's
btw, those FR arms were made in the 80's and supposedly valued by certain collectors (for sound quality and collectibility)...I think the one I've got would usually go for 700-800 on the used market, in good condition. They tend to be higher in mass than modern arms. I feel the same way about the arm as I do the Glider cart - haven't used anything else, but the thing just oozes quality in build and sound. You know, just from the feel and look of it, that it's something really special (IMO)