Not really new stuff is much better.
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"When you want to keep them, send some to a retipper. The results are stunning and some of the old "new" ones will put modern, overpriced carts to shame. When you can hear differences of course."
+1 I have quite a few of the older carts that have been retipped that perform as well if not better than a lot of the new models..
Dear rparker: """ Is there any market for used (some working, some not) classic phono cartridges? """
of course it's, you don't have to look elsewhere but here at Audiogon:
or you can go too at ebay and other net sites.
Regards and enjoy the music,
You've got several interesting cartridges there. Yes, some of them are competitive with some of the upper end cartridges (in terms of cost) that are available currently. In the end, it's a matter of taste. On the other hand, you've already absorbed the cost of what you've got; why not save spending yet more money on new cartridge(s) that may only be about as good?
Recently sold a Micro Acoustics 630 for about $300 to a European (German) buyer. Stylus/tip was in good shape, but the rubber dampers (who knows)? These used a beryllium stylus and pure gold wiring.
Looked into re-tipping but very few if any re-tippers would tackle the job. Replacing the dampers was the main sticking point.