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I bent the cantilever in the same manor on a Shelter 901 while cleaning my table and like you straightened it and moved on, seemed to work as new but the thought of am I getting everything soon caused me to send it in and had it rebuilt by Soundsmith which turned out was a better cart overall after the rebuild.
The cantilever does not have a crimp in it. I looked at the whole assembly through one of those high power coin loops, way more than the typical 10x and I saw no visible traces of the bend or me bending it back.
But after I thought about it awhile and I ended up buying another 103r. I figured I would leave the new body alone and just use it as is and with my fixed on put it in the wood body in my extra head shell - if it works, great, I can do some comparisons.