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Cart for VPI Traveler

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Kray, Jan 6, 2022.

  1. Kray

    Kray Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Sarasota
    I got a great deal on a VPI Traveler v2 from a friend of mine, and wondering what cart I should look at under my scenario.

    I'm 80% digital, so vinyl is not my first choice, but do enjoy it when I have the time to sit down, etc. I recently purchased a Darlington MM-6 to use with the VPI.

    With that in mind what would be a good general cart under $500 used? Some options I've read about 2m Blue, Nag MP200, Grado Black. I know most of these are a synergy thing so hoping those with experience close to my setup have some suggestions. TIA
     
  2. jlykos

    jlykos Forum Resident

    Location:
    Parts Unknown
    I don’t know how much they cost used, but I had a Soundsmith Carmen with my Traveler and it was the perfect combination. I can’t recommend it more with that turntable.
     
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  3. harby

    harby Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portland, OR, USA
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  4. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk

    Location:
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Or the SoundSmith Otello:
    Soundsmith - Otello ES High Output MI Phono Cartridge
     
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  5. brubacca

    brubacca Forum Resident

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I had a Hana EL on mine. If that is a MM Phono pre, try the Hana EH.

    I hated the 2m Blue. Sounded sterile to me.
     
  6. Davey

    Davey NP: Lost Girls ~ Menneskekollektivet

    Location:
    SF Bay Area, USA
    Yea, what he says, that's the easiest. If you decide on AT, go on over to the goknight site and order either the AT-VM540ML or VM740ML, 10% discount, free shipping, and no sales tax. Can't go very wrong, MM-6 has 100pF input capacitor (which could also be removed, but OK as is), just use low capacitance interconnects to keep the capacitance low for the flattest response.

    But if you can swing it, the Nag MP-200 does have a pretty big following here, will give you maybe a bit warmer sound, touch rolled off. Not quite the tracker that the AT is, but if you are a more casual listener, may be just the ticket. Not nearly the value as the AT these days at double the cost, but may be worth it.
     
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  7. Kray

    Kray Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Sarasota
    Thanks for all the recommendations

    How do you get the 10% off at goknight?
     
  8. Davey

    Davey NP: Lost Girls ~ Menneskekollektivet

    Location:
    SF Bay Area, USA
    The code pops up all over the place on the site. It is currently HAPPYNEWYEAR.
     
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  9. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago metro, USA
    i had a traveler 2 also and the tonearm is quite good, used an Audio Technica ART9 if you ever want to try a moving coil cartridge.
    VPI used to demo them with Ortofon 2M Red, a good economical pairing.
     
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  10. Kray

    Kray Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Sarasota
    Thanks! I guess I waited too long... it was in stock earlier, went to checkout and now it's out of stock :mad:
     
  11. Davey

    Davey NP: Lost Girls ~ Menneskekollektivet

    Location:
    SF Bay Area, USA
    Yea, I don't think they get a very big supply, people around here jump on them whenever there is a mention of discount, gotta be quick, I shoulda sent you a PM first :)

    But if you aren't in a big hurry, just sign up for notification when they are back in stock. They always have a 10% discount going, they just rotate the codes.
     
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  12. Batman21

    Batman21 If you don’t run you rust

    Location:
    DC
    Another endorsement for this cart. Switched to it around thanksgiving from 2M blue and really digging it.
     
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  13. Kray

    Kray Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Sarasota
    yeah I just signed up for alert on both 540 and 740. See which one I get first. My preamp is being built so still a week out at least.
     
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  14. Kray

    Kray Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Sarasota
    Just an update.... still waiting for preamp, but I went to order an "open box" 740ML from HifiHeaven... placed the order didn't hear anything for a day so called them. They usually always answer the phone... so I asked he said, unfortunately it sold before my order, he said he can send a new one for only 10% more, once back in stock, about 2weeks. told him I'll look elsewhere since I'd like it faster than that.

    He then asked me what about a 750SH? said sure but didn't want to spend that much. He said I'll send this one out today for same 10% above the original 740ML open box price. So TL;DR got the 750SH for $320 shipped :righton:
     
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  15. Davey

    Davey NP: Lost Girls ~ Menneskekollektivet

    Location:
    SF Bay Area, USA
    Nicely done, just make sure you inspect it closely before mounting, I don't think their quality control is quite what it used to be with the high demand lately and people are fairly often seeing skewed cantilevers.
     
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  16. Kray

    Kray Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Sarasota
    Thanks for the tip.. will definitely give it a once over
     
  17. Hi, What you need to take into account is the the Tone Arm is a Low Eff Mass arm at 10- 6 grams. This means you need a high compliance cart to go with it. So the Hana mentioned although a great cart would not be a good match, however something like the Art 9 or & would be, if you could afford it. However you would need a head amp or SUT. Of the MM carts the Ortofon Bronze or Black is about the best available, but there are many, many better MC carts out there than the Black. Another way is to get a V15 V & put a new Jilco stylus on it.

    Cheers
     
  18. mcbrion

    mcbrion Forum Resident

    Location:
    Connecticut
    The late Harry Weisfeld liked Dynavectors quite a bit on his turntables. A (used) DV20-X2 mc might cause you to listen to vinyl a bit more.
     
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  19. Davey

    Davey NP: Lost Girls ~ Menneskekollektivet

    Location:
    SF Bay Area, USA
    That's the second time you've tried to kill off HW around here, but to paraphrase Mark Twain, I think the reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated.
     
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  20. mcbrion

    mcbrion Forum Resident

    Location:
    Connecticut
    sorry, I keep saying Harry when I mean (the late) Jonathan. Thanks for jogging my memory.
     
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