In nearly all systems it's the phono preamp that provides RIAA EQ, not the cartridge.
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I see no indication that the Zephyr was not designed with the standard RIAA equalization curve in mind. What you have heard most likely is due to confusion with the Soundsmith Strain gauge cartridge that requires a dedicated phono stage due to its non-standard response curve. The Zephyr is a moving iron design that was designed specifically to match with VPI arms and the reviews I see were based on standard phono stages with no mention of anything with an unusual RIAA.
Try Andy at Needle Clinic for the repair of your Glider, very reasonable prices and quick turn around time. Ive used him several times and heave never been disappointed.
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Thanks all for your responses.
Talked with Peter Ledermann of Soundsmith today and I was very impressed. Told me my Glider may not be repairable. So I've decided to replace it with a Zephyr mkII. A lot of great cartridges out there, but the price is certainly right and Classic/Zephyr owners appear to be very happy.