Hi Buconero117; I paid more for the Grado Reference Master and we prefer the Maestro Wood, even though the Maestro was more "Bugetable." I believe the real audio rip-offs are cables/interconnects; such high prices for fancy plastic braiding.
Also, if new Audio gear were made with V-Caps and Audience High Definition caps, and enough demand was made for Blackgates, the price for such components would be affordable for them to be installed in the gear. Perhaps even Blackgate caps could be back on the market. Then you'd have real high end performance and a more reasonable price.
Hi Rauliruegas; We agree, the Maestro Wood is hard to beat.
Hi Travbrow; I agree about older models; we once had a wonderful Monster Omega MC until my dealer did a poor packing job and it was broken in transit from Oracle in Quebec.
Hi Transnova; We clearly agree about the Maestro Wood. We loved the Virtuoso Wood, but my jaw dropped when we got the Maestro Wood.
Although it is a real dream cartridge, I guess I won't be so Green with envy over the Van den Hul Frog.
Thanks all for the input and please see my other threads and you might gain some insights into why my wife and I are a bit fussy when it comes to our mutual over 30 year-old hobby. Music is Life and so is Hockey.