Lowther TP1 speakers have many flaws, one of them isn't dynamics. They are 'nimble' and not shy of attack. For fun I thought I'd have a listen with a couple of Decca cartridges that came in this week. To assist with impatience and in the spirit of AA, blue tack and coins were used to balance the business end. (The SME 3012 series 1 is certainly not a good pairing for these carts). The super gold (VDH tip) came with a x4 pin connector which is very handy in comparison with the three pin 'piggy back a cart tag' ball aches of the standard gold x3 pin affairs. I thought it might be interesting to listen to the carts through the Lowthers and jot a few notes:
Recording - Fleetwood Mac Rumors 45 RPM Audiofool. Track: Dreams
Drums: I have never placed my nose to the skin of a snare drum whilst it is struck but I rather imagine it sounds like this. unusually punchy
Bass: Lowthers have shit bass even in the 14 foot of horn on the TP1's. There was bass, it sounded like a bass - it was very fast but famished = lacking guts.
Symbol crash: Immediate to the point of premature.
Vocals: Very defined, nice imaging if you like that sort of illusion. The harmonies were quite eerie I thought I could smell Stevie Nicks breath I winced twice.
Why only x1 track? This combination is exhausting but curious. I'm not in any hurry to repeat the experiment I feel mildly bruised. A nap I think.