I was quite surprise to read:
At Transfiguration Retipping one for an Orpheus is no longer possible!Could you please provide some details?
This is the statement by the German distributor of Transfiguration, and a trader in Singapore. The Orpheus is no longer manufactured the last 6 months. There are (allegedly) get no more spare parts at Transfiguration.
An exchange for a new I would not do. I want
only a new diamond of the original Ogura is as close as possible. Expert Stylus and Soundsmith does not answer, either.
Greetings ... Gerhard
Gerhard, I think you may have received 'incorrect' information from your 'distributor' (I am being polite ;~)
If you will click on the link below, you will see that Elusive Disk (and many other retailers) provide re-tipping directly from the factory (a re-tip through Elusive Disk costs $2600)
My experience is similar to Gerhad's.A while ago the cleaning lady's cloth snagged the cantilever of my Orpheus. Thanks to some good Japanese friends I sent the Orpheus to the Transfiguration factory in Japan. They,however, politely declined to do a retip/repair etc citing the non availability of parts on a small scale etc
I am happy with the replacement cart, a Lyra Titan i, but I reckon the Orpheus was a better cart in the context of my system/musical preferences.
A successor to the Orpheus is on the anvil and I was advised that an accomodation price may be possible in this situation.
All the best
There are not so many choices when an original rebuilt is no longer possible. But it is no reason to get sad. You will save a lot of money because for all original retips you have to pay Importer and Dealer profit and all they do is writing a new address and buying a few stamps.
I once had a Soundsmith retip (with cantilever) and the work was sonically first rate. Manufacturers don't buy the best available diamonds, a good Retip can be a upgrade based on that.
Thanks for the information received so far! I will now leave me time and compare everything.
The Transfiguration is really bad. He should have died. Whether it is the owner or a technician, I do not know. Hopefully it will continue with Tranfiguration!
Expert Stylus but has now responded:
"We manufacture a range of diamonds and for top end cartridges re-tip using our >Paratrace< profile diamond ensuring maximum retrieval of information from groove modulations. "
"Please note, we are currently unable to accept any new orders or repair work until the beginning of March. Assuming you are prepared to wait, then please confirm and you will be advised of a computerised booking date when to forward your cartridge."
I'm still waiting on some answers and I will decide then what I do.
Greetings from Germany, Gerhard
Dear Gerhard, Axel whom I already mentioned can provide:
shiabta, nude line, hyper elliptical and Gyger II.
He has more then 30 years of experience and already delivered
some astonishing achievements by repair of carts which anyone else refused to even consider. I hope that some of the styli mentioned are a good replacement for the Ogura PA. BTW on his site Axel added: other styli on request.