Soundsmith still does retipping. But they are often quite backed up. 8-12 weeks turnaround time or so...
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To start a Soundsmith new repair just click on the new repair tab. Its all online and works quite well. I have used them twice before. If you haven't done so you will need to register. Cheers
Thanks guys - I greatly appreciate your input!
Chong's retipping service seems like a viable option. Call me old fashioned; but I talking to someone before I pay money and ship an expensive cart.
I'll let you guys know how much this ends up costing and the quality of the work, in case you're interested...
Dear Maddman79: +++++ " The tip on my beloved Zyx Universe has broken off. " +++++
why?: " my beloved ", I assume that you really like the Universe quality performance level, that you like what you hear throught it.
There are several rettiping sources as the ones posted here and all them works fine but if " that beloved " is what you like then IMHO you must go directly to ZYX for the rettiping subject.
Through all those fix sources the Universe quality performance level will change for sure and not necessary for the better but only different. When your Universe return from the retipping you will receive a different cartridge. If this is what you want then go a head.
Now, the ZYX main alternative is that your Universe stay as a Universe and not only that: normally the cartridge manufacturers when in the retipping they send you a totally new cartridge with all the up dates they made it in the design and that several times they don't advertazing, so you will have a top today up-dated Universe. In the otehr side there are some cartridge parts that are made it exclusively for the manufacturer and no one have access to those parts.
One thing is to retip a low price LOMC cartridge or a MM/MI one and other thing is to retip a 5K+ cartridge.
Regrads and enjoy the music,
I went ahead and had Andy Chong (www.phonocartridgeretipping.com) retip my Zyx Universe. I've been listening to my restored cartridge all weekend. He really did a top-flight job.
Communications with Andy were excellent. He was highly-responsive and conscientious. His service was also super fast. I mailed it out on 5/21, and I had my retipped cart back in my hands on 6/7. Start to finish, the entire process was about two weeks, including shipping.
I'd happily recommend Andy's retipping service :)