I also have a Dyna 23 Ruby, but mine is NOS, with less than 10 hours on it and the suspension is fine. Nothing for $350 today will touch it. But of course I can't ensure you a retip will sound like yours did when new, or like my virtually new one, it probably depends on who does the retip. A friend just had a 23R retipped and swears by it. I don't know if I'm allowed to pass on the information here, nor if you want it.
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jnorris, replace it. The little wires inside that connect the coils to the pins are subject to fatigue and work hardening from years of vibration. They will eventually fail and then the cartridge is done. I would not spend money on a 40 year old cartridge for this reason. Have fun getting a new one! the Audio Technica AT ART9 and the Ortofon Quintet Black S are both great cartridges and great values. Both will work very well in your arm.
You can wait for a nice deal on ebay, i bought my rare DV 23RS MR (with Micro Ridge stylus) NOS from USA for about $450-500 one year ago. This is very close to what some people change just for a drop of glue and a new stylus tip. So i think you can buy a whole cartridge, even unused in the box.
Some other cartridges can be found too, but for $350 it will be hard to find anything close to DV23 Ruby, those new MM are not that good.
In my opinion it is much better to pay more for original cartridge than to mess up with retip.
@mijostyn653: Those cartridges are way out of my price range. I mentioned comparably priced to $350.
@roberjerman: I was planning on using Soundsmith's service. They show a Ruby Cantilever / Nude Contact Line Diamond for $350. I don't know anyone that does a diamond with a blob of glue.
@chakster It may be just me, but I don't trust ebay. Too many counterfeits/scams/ripoffs.
@viridian I'd have to check on the cantilever length. I'm assuming, perhaps naively, that what goes in matches what comes out.
And thank you all for your responses!
It may be just me, but I don’t trust ebay. Too many counterfeits/scams/ripoffs.
Well, it’s absolutely impossible to rip you off on ebay when you pay with paypal, buyer always protected and full refund always guaranteed by paypal buyer’s protection.
There are no conterfit of old Dynavector cartridges, but i suppose you know what is Dynavector and you can recognize it, i had 4 different models, two NOS from ebay. I have returned one cartridge for full refund when i realized the cantilever is a bit off-centered, return shipping has been covered by paypal, so no loss at all.
If you prefer to buy cartridges from audiophiles on audiogon it is not a problem, but not as secure as on ebay with paypal.
I know, although I have no idea why. Might be due to the account being hacked a while ago, although that’s just a guess.
Whatever the cause, I fell for an Ortofon Cadenza Bronze last year. A good, but not too good, price, a seller with a fair amount of feedback and a PayPal option. Waited for the cartridge to arrive for a bit longer than usual, during which the seller kept up comms for a good while, and then his account was suddently locked due to having also scammed someone else.
Complaint sent to PayPal with reference to the closed account here and voilà, a refund arrived 3 days later. Quite impressive really and much smoother than expected.