Michell Orb SE should i bite?

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  1. ald0s

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    I have a deal on a michell orbe + techno arm + shelter 501 cart. Around 1800USD. I was trying to stay under 1000 but should I just buy it and eat ramen for a year? Is it a forever table?
     
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    Fantastic table and cartridge actually. Forget the Ramen and eat air if you have to. Not sure how many hours on the Shelter 501 or if its an MK 1 or MK 2. But you can't go wrong with that setup.

    If you need a cartridge, you can get a cheap, but high performance Shure M97xe, while you save up for an even better cart down the line.

    If I may ask, what are you using right now for a source? Also, have you had any turntable experience at all before?
     
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    Currently using a Gungnir Multibit. No turntable experience and was looking sub 600 but this came up locally and to be honest if it'll save me upgrading down the line I can afford it. I've heard a project xpression10 before is this a whole other level?

    Will be driving a bottlehead eros phono > bottlehead stereomour II > frugal horn XL with alpair 10 paper drivers.
     
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    You will, in all likelihood never really care to upgrade the turntable (unless you succumb to the deeper recesses of the vinyl rabbit hole).
    This table is a superb British table and has a full bodied, coherent and very beautiful sound! A little less in the PRaT section, but more towards a weighty sound again. It is a well damped turntable. Definitely my preference for a table. You can get all the zippiness you want with different Moving Coil cartridges out there.

    That is a very very nice setup you have. You will likely be in heaven with THAT turntable, especially coming from something like a Gungnir Multibit (which is in no way, shape or form ANYWHERE in the same universe sonically, let alone same league).

    The Shelter 501 is a fantastic cartridge...you will be way ahead of the game with that cartridge on THAT turntable.
     

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