Maybe as one of those different flavors. I use medium output MC directlySeriously Lagonda. It seems like one additional madness in this already mad hobby is to have concurrent different flavours to call on, for different moods or types of music. Hence the guys running multiple tts, multiple arms on single tts, and thus multiple carts (and maybe phonos).
Straingauge is never going to fit into that ethos.
It’s an easy choice, the tangential arm is set for thin albums and is very dynamic with deep bass to die for and a slightly beautifying cartridge. My go to for rockHey L, that's like having chocolate brownie AND cheesecake.
I would struggle to choose.
Sounds like you did try all kinds before getting your SG. What phono whereL, I've run a few interesting carts in my time. Roksan Shiraz, Zu Denon 103R (subsequently ESCO modded), Transfiguration Super Supreme and Orpheus, Lyra Skala and Parnassus.
I loved the Zu Denon for it's honest presentation and speed, the Transfigurations for their neutrality and transparency, and the Parnassus for it's warmth, tone and texture.
The Shiraz and Skala were too tipped up and fwd for my tastes.
The Straingauge, esp w upgraded psu, seems to be a really nice balance of what I loved in these other carts, just somewhat less warm than the Parnassus.
My system was a lot less full during the period I was running the Parnassus (SS amps and slightly skeletal sounding spkrs w hard to drive ribbon tweeters and OB mids), so things balanced out.
Chances are the Parnassus now might be too full for my current system (tubes, dense full range spkrs).
Initially Roksan phono in 1998, then Clearaudio. I really started making progress in mid 90s w Tom Evans Groove, upgrading to Groove Plus and SRX in time. I was seriously considering going Transfiguration Proteus cart and Tom Evans MasterGroove, but then saw the Dagogo review for the Straingauge, and the promise of saving money on redundant phono and cheaper stylus upgrades appealed. Then I heard it...Sounds like you did try all kinds before getting your SG. What phono where
you using ? I’m surprised how big an improvement the Io Eclipse was in my
I’m using a Maplenoll arm built for the Ariadne Signature TT, it is a highWhat's yr tangential? I swear by my Terminator air LT. Tricked out tt and arm, superlative cart, isolated from the floor by 180kg of slate plinth/Stacore/stand, I'm getting a great sound from my flatly mixed Rush and deep, ambient sounding 60s Miles Davis.
I do have a big admiration for the 12" SAEC 506 that I heard last year. I really love that arm.
Just re-read this post. My experience 2.5 years on has done a 180, and like Kodomo, it is exemplary top to bottom, no hint of veils or mutedness in the treble.I have at last setup my soundsmith strain gauge system with sg6 on a Kuzma 4 point/Stabi M last weekend. I am just into 20 hours mark yet and generally loving everything I hear. There is a rise in the top end response. This is not a treble distortion and actually the sibilance and similar issues are much less pronounced than my mc carts.
So, my experience is opposite of Marc, it is very interesting to hear that in his system the cymbals are veiled/muted, they are a little hyped if not anything else. The bass is very tuneful, I am surprised by the layers of bass and definition of it. The cart definitely has the toe tapping effect which is very welcome. It is very responsive and attacks and decays are perfectly in time. The midrange is beautiful but not forward like classic mc carts. As a horn/set lover, midrange seemed a little shy and a little behind the lows and highs. There was also a sheen, an euphonic kind of veil on top of midrange the moment it started playing, but this has been diminishing little by little and Peter says this goes away after 50 hours. Maybe the midrange will become more level then.
Next step would be to get the Peter Downs psu that Marc loves, but I want to spend a good 200-300hours first with the cartridge and then decide. The psu costs close to 60% of the cost of the sg system, so it is not just a little tweak to consider.
Sure Gian, it’s my cart of choice, now on its second top spec factory upgrade, and second major energiser psu upgrade.
There are some things about my current analog install in the new room re the Straingauge that I’d love some insights on from a current owner. Just waiting for said person to respond.
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