...so I called Andy Chong at phonocartridgeretipping.com. My specific issue with the Dynavector is that the cantilever is collapsed and the stylus is missing (under the microscope you can see that a tiny portion of the flat facet hat holds the stylus is broken off). For the Dynavector, Andy says that DV's thick, faceted cantilever is so exceptional that, rather than replacing it with a new cylindrical cantilever+stylus, it's better to retain the stock cantilever and retip it, which in this case necessitates fusing a v. short length of aluminum over the end of the existing cantilever, into which a new stylus can be inserted. I'm not sure about that, because even if the stock cantilever is better, you now have two pieces instead of one. Nevertheless, I've decided to send the Ruby (and my friend's decided to send his Ortofon) to Andy instead of Soundsmith because: (1) I need a replacement cartridge, and don't want to wait 3-4 months; and (2) Andy gave me a fixed price, which includes replacing the elastomer suspension, and is comparable to Soundsmith's for the cantilever+stylus alone, while Soundsmith's pricing is open-ended until you pay the $75 eval. fee. And I don't want to get into big bucks for the Ruby cartridge. Also, with Andy you can get him on the phone directly, which I really like. One possible plus of Soundsmith, though, may be that their line contact stylus could be better than the hyperelliptical that Andy will be using.