“ Professional DJ cartridge. „
I had a pair of Stanton Trackmasters on a set of Numark TTX turntables and they worked amazingly having upgraded from the Numark Groovetool budget cart/stylus it was like a new set of decks! They only set me back around £80 plus postage if I can remember right.. The first thing I noticed was how much control I had over the deck itself, the needle used to jump a lot before and I couldn't really rewind a record whilst it was playing because it would just skate off the vinyl, as soon as the trackmaster's were on I could pull back that legendary track as much as I wanted without the worry of messing the lot up! Also the sound was significantly improved after changing, there was much more bass response, a lot less crackling and interference and perfect quality on vocals etc. I had recorded a CD with the Groovetool's and then with the Trackmaster's and there was noticeable difference so I would recommend these to anyone who's looking for a professional and modern approach to the oldskool way of DJ'ing! They come in a dark blue and silver and also black and have "stanton" written on the arm and "Trackmaster II" down the side, both colours are attractive and value for money at only £40 each! They were also very easy to install, just simply remove your old ones, push in and screw. Done!
I recently ventured into the world of 'professional' cartridges by moving from the Stanton 500ALII to the Trackmaster. With a price difference of around £70 a pair, I was justifiably sceptical although after a few weeks I am beginning to fully appreciate the difference. The immediate noticeable benefit is the sound difference. Being a disciple of the quality hi-fi culture, I was satisfied with the improved, louder, crisper tones that the cartridge supplied. However, my main concern was the practical side of the Trackmaster. As far as turntables are concerned I am mainly interested in the destructive art of scratching. I had previously had problems with the 500 series with regards to jumping and becoming worn very quickly but these problems seem to have been reduced with the Trackmaster. As long as the weight etc. is set up properly, the Trackmaster holds the groove very well even through many back rotations. I must confess that I haven't had to use the Trackmaster in any professional situation and I haven't used it very much for beat-matching nor have used any other similar standard model to compare it with but even so I appreciate the enhanced performance very much. The other added benefits are the snazzy design and the easy change needle connection.