I heard my first Garrott Brothers cartridge last week at my cousin's place. Mounted on an entry-level Clearaudio turntable, this modestly-priced little wonder (the K2, available from the Needle Doctor for a scant $255 ) took my breath away. It offered everything one doesn't normally expect from inexpensive MMs: lovely tonality, transparency, superb coherence, and the biggest surprise of all, oodles of air and ambiance.
No, this wasn't a great $2000 MC, but for the price I walked away wondering how Garrott Brothers (in name only, may the twins RIP) can offer so much music for so little. I'm going to buy one and mount it to my Rega 25 with the 600 tonearm.
Does anyone know why Raskins only imports the entry level models? I would love to hear the much-heralded Optim FGS (formerly available from the Doc for about $1000).
How sad that the Garrott Brothers, who died in 1991 as part of a tragic suicide pact, never got to witness analog's re-emergence. I think they would have been pleased.