High compliance cartridge on a Technics SL-1200 turntable, a possibility?

A mother of all turntables, revered Technics SL-1200 has been designed with the low compliance cartridge in mind. What does it mean? There is a ratio between the mass of a tonearm and the “springness” of a stylus (compliance) to stick to in order to avoid the unwanted resonance. There are many types of tonearms, some being heavier than the others. Earlier (1970’s) turntables , like the ones made by JVC, SEC, Technics and many others often had heavier S-shaped tonearms that were well matched with low compliance carts of the era. Later on the trend changed and tonearm became lighter and carts more compliant. There is a general consensus that lighter (less than 10 grams) tonearms are better match for higher compliance carts than heavier ones.

Technics Sl-1200 tonearm mass (without headshell) is 12g. Plus there is a heavy Technics headshell. It is possible to change the headshell with the superlight plastic one, this is exactly what I have done. My aim was to try a beautiful Ortofon VMS20 ED MkII that really sings with my Dual CS-505. The cartridge is high compliance, is very sensitive and have a tracking force of only 1 gram. I have decided to lower the vibrations coming through the platter by putting the felt slipmat under the original Technics rubber mat and that combination worked very well. It took a while to fiddle with the tonearm to precisely balance it and change the height of a tonearm given the Ortofon cart is very low sitting unlike the tall DJ carts Technics designed for. But the result is simply WOW. And old SL1-1200 Mk II proved to be a real thing. Ortofon sings even better than ever before. No bad resonances anywhere near. No need to dance next to the turntable though, as low tracking force and sensitivity is certainly the factor to consider, but the answer to the question whether Technics SL-1200 can be paired with the high compliance cart is a definite YES!

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