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 Post subject: Hello from San Juan, PR
PostPosted: 29 May 2016, 11:19 
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I was looking into the Sota Moonbeam in the web when I found Gofar99's post on his Moonbeam turntable... read some of the other posts and threads and hera I am. I have both diy and bought equipment -modified of course- I listen to most music and my primary source is cd with 47 Laboratory transport and dac. Looking or considering getting a tt after 15 yeajrs since I sold my Sondek....good site! Manuel


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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2016, 09:47 
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HI Manuel and welcome to the forum.

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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2016, 10:34 
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Hi, Welcome to the forum. The Sota is a pretty good turntable. Well made and durable. Simple to use. The newer version is better. The weak link IMO in the first ones is the Rega 100 arm. The 100 is OK as a budget arm but was not up to the level of performance I wanted. The new Moonbeams use an upgraded arm that ought to be more satisfactory. I ended up replacing mine with a Jelco 370H. (BTW they use the 9.5 inch mounting center as do Rega and Origin Live arms, the OL is a good choice too, but a bit pricey) The Jelco 370H is relatively easy to get and not too costly ($300US) and is a major improvement in both sound and ease of use. I suspect that within the Sota line the Comet would be a better buy (better arm, also a Rega). The Comet would be about the same cost as the Moonbeam with Jelco arm. The rest of the turntables are nearly identical. I used a Dynavector 10X5 on the Sota for a long time (it got ruined at an audio show) and really thought it was an excellent match with the original arm. I highly recommend it. The AT F-7 and Ortofon OM20 are good matches as well. I would not use any Grado cartridges as they will pick up motor hum (mine did).

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Thanks for your welcome comments and the comments on the SOTA Moonbeam...... I'll keep you posted.


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