Kiseki Purpleheart


I currently have an Ortofon Cadenza Bronze. I'm thinking about a switch to the Kiseki Purpleheart.
In this price range-3K..what other carts should I consider?
Associated gear- Pass XP-17- Pass Int-60- Martin Logan Montis-VPI Prime Signature
I want to stay with a Low Output/MC...but would consider a Moving Iron.
Any thoughts or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
krelldog
I've used the Kiseki Blue on my VPI. Nice cart. Questionable durability though- I went through 2 of them. 1st one the stylus fell off. 2nd -left channel problem not covered by warranty.

SS Voice ES is worth investigation. I used the entry level Otello  for a short while, and was surprised with its pleasant sound.
Presently using an Audio Technica ART9, which I used before with good results..
I have the Kiseki Blue NS, it's my best cartridge.  Great tracking, no noticeable distortion, solid bass, clear but not "bright" treble. 

Disturbing to hear about those quality issues.  I've had mine since March with no issues. 
I owned a Kiseki Purpleheart, it's a great cartridge.  I agree with Big_greg that is tracks well has solid bass and not bright in highs.
You ask about alternatives, two others are MuTech Hayabusa and Air Tight PC7.  The MuTech is $4500.00 retail but I recently sold one for less than $3K.
The Air Tight PC7 is only $2500.00 retail and excellent.  
I have the VPI Prime and have used both a regular Soundsmith Zephyr And SS Zephyr MIMC Star, both track and sound great in my system. For a while you could get great deals on both before the latest models came out. Not sure if still the case. I think the regular Zephyr was made for unipivot arms. The SS website worth reading if considering these. I had both retipped by SS before the warranty ran out. Had no problems at all before or after retip. Just wanted to extend life and have one as a backup without buying completely new carts. Hope this helps. 
"Disturbing to hear about those quality issues."

big_greg-

I typically have good luck with gear. Likely, no real concern in your case.
The KB does have subtle refinement compared the the ART9 overall-particularly the mids/highs.  It should, being 2X the cost!

I've heard the KPH in a few systems. Very nice.


Dear @krelldog: Ortofon is very good cartridge design/manufacturer and this one of its great top cartridges and is new at good price:

https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lis9j28h-ortofon-mc-a95-moving-coil-cartridge-never-used-cartridges

and the one you ask for:

https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lis9j105-kiseki-purple-heart-n-s-brand-new-cartridges


and this is very good offer too and very good quaklity performer too:

https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lis9fa15-zyx-universe-ii-cartridges


Regards and enjoy the MUSIC NOT DISTORTIONS,
R.
I owned a Purple Heart for about two years and thought it was very nice.
I switched it out for a Lyra Kleos and am much happier with the Lyra.  Granted, the Kleos is a jump in price but not by leaps and bounds.  

Dear @snackeyp  : You are rigth, the Kleos is truly exeptional cartridge and I know because I own it and forgot to give it as alternative.

@krelldog here the Kleos:

https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lis9j0g4-lyra-kleos-cartridges

R.
soundsmith paua mk ii here on my PS 

amazing