@attymmbb. 'I'am just doing the math'' (01-11-18). I think
simple algebra will do. However there are 'unclear variables''.
What does ''refurbishing'' or '' rebuild'' mean?
While the stylus ''state'' causes the most wary the stylus exchange
is the least problematic ''rebuild kind'' among the possible kinds.
I.e. cantilever or suspension (ex)change are more problematic
according to J. Carr. In the sense of preserving the original
sound that is. The usual ''retip'' consist in gluing the cantilever/
stylus combo in he so called ''joint pipe''. Boron+ whatever exotic
stylus cost about 500 euro. Stylus only in the original cantilever
cost about 180 GBP by Expert stylus (UK). ''Refurbishing'' or
''rebuild'' by the manufacturer cost about 3/4 of the retail price.
But one need to remember the ''distribution of income'' among
the ''social classes''. The importer get about 30%, the seller get
also 30% so , according to simple algebra, the producer get also
about 30%. My Koetsu Rosewood Signature was refurbished
by Koetsu for 2200 euro. Those who recommend ''refurbishing''
by the manufacturer have no idea what they are talking about.
Assuming boron cantilever + Shibata or micro ridge one can
assume that retippers as well the cart producers get those from
the same supplier. So the chance to get the same boron cantilever
is pretty probable while the choice of the retipper become very
important. Depending from his experience and skills the result
will be as such. BTW ''refurbishing'' by the manufacturer means
an new generator. Those are produced as separat parts and
installed in different bodies . Koetsu's Urushi's are the best
illustration. Because the manufacturer don't produce their own
cantilevers and styli they don't do retips. Besides they would
need to hire an specialist for this kind of job while producing
and selling carts is not a ''big business''.