No problem I can sell for £70 or £80 no problem as well. Yes, indeed are very good speakers with a superb sound for this budget speakers.
I'm located in South East London Lewisham area
Within reason, I think a 'modest' cartridge with an excellent stylus like the Jico SAS will beat a 'better' cartridge but with an ordinary stylus. The 103 has a spherical stylus, perfect for blunderbus arms and Neanderthal DJs, but not fit for anything more refined.
So, I would expect your P77 SAS to be rather better, as the P77 wasn't at all a bad cartridge even in standard form.
I don't think that the 103 being an MC has much bearing, as the sound comes from the stylus, cantilever and generator, and only the latter is good on the 103.
An AT-LP120 with some active speakers would get my vote. The deck can be picked up for £230 or so, couple it with some decent computer speakers and you won't be far over budget, and it won't do any damage to the records. Forget the portable decks, they are all rubbish.
I recently replaced the tonearm on my 1210 MK2 but am having difficulty figuring out the correct position for the base. I replaced the entire assembly, including the black aluminium base that fits into the main turntable chassis. When the base rests in its circular hole, there's a small amount of play and it can be moved to either side, and also twisted slightly.
When I installed it first time around, the cartridge aligned to a template created using Conrad Hoffman's arc template generator in conjunction with the Technics arm data. However, the cartridge was not straight in the headshell as I assume it should be, as my alignment is essentially designed to replicate the Technics factory alignment and thus has the same offset angle and overhang. Can anyone advise as to how to correctly position the Technics arm base?
This is the one, you still need a power amp but I was thinking this and some active speakers would be a simple system. Still not going to be that cheap though.
Who did Hewitt record Scarlatti with? Will that be Hyperion? I will be quite keen to explore.
Strangely, I have not owned any Schiff's recordings although I have admired him. I have heard him play Goldberg's Variation and perhaps that was my favourite Goldberg. Very unique technique though with so little arm and wrist movement.
Wonderful review and thanks for the write up. A very lovely system you have got.
I have found Grandinote's concept very interesting but I haven't been able to hear one for myself unfortunately. Judging by what you have written, I trust that it must be a smashing amp and one would spend love to listen to them for hours.