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I had a Denon MC cartridge retipped by the Needle Clinic in Washington. Andy is a stand up guy and returned my cartridge with new cantilever and stylus tip for 200.00. It was exactly 8 days time from me sending the cartridge to him from the other side of the US to when I received it back. He emailed me when cartridge was complete and I paid him via PayPal.. He was less expensive and took much less time to repair than Soundsmith. Andy will get all my business from now on.
Dear nandric, thank you for the information. After my recent and long foray into MM land I would like to revisit the land of the MC. I have, among others, a Monster Sigma Genesis 2000 which is in need of a new tip; no other problems that I am aware of. This was was a favorite and which I preferred even over my VanDen Huls. I will contact “Expert Stylus” for advise. Regards.
Dear @frogman : For stylus tip only Needleclinic is what you need. Your ZYX relatives si a good design. I owned the Genesis 1000 and the 2000 and for me the 1000 is a little better.
Better than VDH?, well that depends of the VDH model. If you own the Colibri I think that the Monster can't outperforms it but.......
Regrads and enjoy the MUSIC NOT DISTORTIONS,
Thanks for the suggestion, Raul. Do you have a reason(s) for recommending Needle Clinic over Expert Stylus for a new tip? Btw, I don’t agree re the two Monsters. I too owned both and find the 2000 to be considerably more refined and better in just about every parameter that matters to me. Yes, better than the VDH’s that I have owned: MC1S, Frog, Grasshopper. Regards.
Dear @frogman , my advice was not accidental. First gluing an
new stylus in the ''old'' cantilever is much more difficult than gluing
the cantilever/stylus combo in the so called ''joint pipe''. Second not
every repair service offers this possibility. I moved to ''Expertstylus''
because my friend Axel was not (anymore) willing to do ''only
stylus'' exchange. The engineer by Expertstylus who does this work
has 40 years of experience. Besides they produce their own styli
with ''Paratrace'' ( variation of micro ridge) as their best. 180 GBP
all included was my price.
Dear @frogman : Unfortunatelly I owned first the 2000 with a different system than when I owned the 1000 so maybe you are rigth and yes are better than the Fog that I owned at the same time than both but not at the Colibri level.
About the retipper all what you need is a line contact ( different names but at the end almost the same shapes. ) stylus tip and Andy can do for you fast, good and at low price.
If you want the best retipper then you can go to Northwest in Europe and obviously for a high price.
I don't see any real " trouble " that Andy makes that job.
Regards and enjoy the MUSIC not DISTORTIONS,