If you go to the UHF magazine site ( www.uhfmag.com ) and click on the "contact us" link, you'll be able to ask the editors about the FR cartridges. I know they have some experience with them.
Best of luck !
Best of luck !
Which FR1 is it? If it is a Mk2, Mk3 or MK3f it is definitely worth rebuilding by either VDH or Allaerts if he is still doing rebuilding (firstname.lastname@example.org to check on rebuild schedule.) If it is an original (not a mark) I would post it on eBAY for an Asian collector.
The FR12 is definitely a sleeper and I would rank it in the Ittok category or better. It was designed for the LP12 and is a dynamic-design arm like the best Linns, etc.
Ikeda is the designer of these gems and I was not aware he was involved with Shelter...Ikeda's current cartridges are like moving coil Deccas!
If you send me your fax number I will fax you the Listener article. My own opinion of the FR1 3 series is that it a bit soft in the bass and less detailed than today's best cartridges but it has enough magic to deserve the best rebuild. These rebuilders will correct the shortcomings if you request it. IMHO you will then have world class cartridge at a fraction of today's prices. I am not familiar with other rebuilders but they may do a good job too.
Twl, thanks for the info. I guess the Shelters are a contemporary alternative to the Koetsus just like the Fidelity Research of yore....certainly the descriptions I have heard of their sound and cost-effectiveness would lead me to believe this.
Patrick, I don't think I have an online version but I will look again. I dread using she who must be obeyed's scanner....