Originally Posted by Jhono1
I highly suggest the stanton str8-150s. Besides the fact they have straight tone arms
I would not get anything with a straight tonearm, and especially if it's not interchangeable! (I can swap between straight and S-shape on my TTX's, which I've had for 6 years, after having 1210's for like 4 years, but I'm going to switch back to regular 1210's once I get the chance)
Altho' it *might* be easier to scratch with a straight tonearm, it's not good for your grooves and sound, and especially DONT use elliptic needles with a straight tonearm. The needle will lay in a wrong angle and shave the grooves. This is not with tables with the right kind of straight tonearm which has and angled mounting that's correctly mathematically applied to lay straight in the groove. This is about DJ tables with just a straight arm and you just pop in a regular cartridge. And by the way, the tonearms on those DJ-turntables are often not very good at all. Very heavy loose "caveman designed" tonearms.
With a correct S-shaped tonearm and a correctly mounted cartridge the needle lay almost right in the groove on most of the record. On a straight tonearm the needle lays right in the groove 1 time somewhere on the record, and terrible on the rest of the record.
What's important is that the setup is good. If you have a rock solid table to have your decks on (I mean really sturdy), and make sure the spindle holes in the record is not loose, and have the needles set up correct, then an S-shaped arm should be NO problem for heavy scratching. Unless you have terrible technique, but then you should practice your hand movements!
I'm listening to a lot of records on my decks, and scratch a lot too, so I'm gonna go back to 1210's any time soon.