Fidelity Research FR-7 Repair


I have a FR-7 cartridge that got wacked in a move and looks bent. I was looking to send it in for repair. I see Soundsmith and cartridge_retipping-5 on ebay. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on this. 

I thought about buying a replacement (FR-7 or FR-7f) on ebay but considering the age of these cartridges thought I might be opening myself up to being in the same position I am now. Figured repair would be cheaper. 

I'm using on an FR-64 tonearm and a Brooks Berdan modded Oracle turntable with a Cotter SUT. In the time this has been down I've tried other cartridges but nothing has the magic of the FR cartridge.  Thanks in advance for any insights.
letch
So dear chakster, You can sell your Feickert and buy one plastic
caliper which you can use for all your carts/headshell combinaions.
The only thing you need to separte are your tonearms and headshlls
which you use with them.

Bad idea. I have about 10 different tonearms and about 20+ different cartridges. Feickert NG is precise tool for every turntable, cartridge and tonearm. I prefer to use universal devices and actually i paid fair price for my Dr. Feickert (well worth the investment). As i said earlier i use all geometries/alignments according to tonearm manufacturers specs (Baerwald for many tonearms and Stevenson for some of them). 

I have no idea what is "plastic caliper" ?

I have Technics overhang gauges (about 10 of them at least) as a cartridge/headshell holders (here is my cartridge with it), but for my technics turntables and technics tonearms this gauge is fine for quick adjustment. The reason is that technics tonearm on SL1210mkII (and modern SL1200G series) is not exactly Stevenson (and for this reason i use manufacturer's device, that plastic overhang gauge), but i can re-aligh with Feickert to Stevenson, Baerwald, Lofgren. 

  

 I'm not getting the Feickert because my buddy has a protractor. My plan is to install the FR-7 and hope it lasts forever.


Then all you need is correct Pivot to Spindle distance according to the FR template. 

Try google for ''plastic caliper''. Those are even cheaper than
I thougth. 
Dear chakster, the sense of caliper is to use it as ''marked
distance'' of the stylus in its headschell . This assumes many
cartridges and headshells so by changing carts and headshells
one need not to use his tractor but the caliper instead. Much
faster and much less boring then aiming the stylus on the tractor
lines or points. You can then keep pre-adjusted headshells for
respective tonearms ''ready to use''. I have 20 pre-adjsusted
headshells for my FR-64 S. So I can change those carts in 5
 minutes time
So my cartridge is back. But I'm packing up to leave town for two weeks. Guess it will have to wait. By the way, have you guys seen this protractor:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fidelity-Research-FR-64-FR-64S-FR-64FX-Tonearm-Cartridge-Alignment-Protractor/112951972531?hash=item1a4c7652b3:g:JlIAAOSwO8pb~XTF