I just happened to read your comments on the MoFi MasterTracker cartridge from back in 2019 from your review of the Dr. Feikert Analogue Volare turntable. I have been considering the purchase of a new turntable, and the Volare and the MoFi UltraDeck are both on my short list. The MoFi seems to me the best bargain, as it comes with a factory-installed 10″ tonearm and either the UltraTracker or MasterTracker cart. My phono stage is a Gryphon PS2-S that came installed with the Diablo 300 integrated amp. This is obviously not close to the Constellation phono stage you were using, but it does get good marks in reviews and from the dealers.
I really had the Volare at the top of my list, but when I started looking into MoFi—and given the sizable price difference with the UltraDeck (about $1000)—it seemed like a very nice rig at the $3000 price. I also have ideas on a future cart upgrade to an MC from brands such as Koetso, Kiseki, or Hana, to name a few.
My hope is that you can comment on whether the UltraDeck and MasterTracker make for a good package, or whether you might have other thoughts I could consider at the $3000 price point.
Thanks for any advice, and best to you.
While the Dr. Feikert Analogue Volare is indeed a bunch more money than the MoFi, it’s also a bunch more turntable. If you’re looking for a midway point in your turntable life, then the MoFi would be great, but if it’s an endgame you’re working toward, the Volare is far and away a better unit.
I’m not sure if that’s what you want to hear, given that you’re leaning toward the MoFi, but I think it needs to be said. I’d rather skimp on the cartridge, which is a wear item anyway, and throw extra into the ’table.
That said, the MoFi ’table looks very good, and would undoubtedly be a great-sounding unit. Please let me know what you decide.