Why not just re-tip the Stradivari? Wouldn't that be least expensive and get you back to the sound you were really beginning to enjoy?
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Clearaudio is not a customer oriented brand, as they do not do trade ins at reasonable prices. Repair? Forget it as it is not cost effective for them. Hey, we live in a replace universe. Dare to be sensible. Buy a Shure 97 and see if the sound pleases you. At $50, it is a bargain and just may be worthwhile shortcut for now. Oh, by the way I have had a Clearaudio Victory H and I've compared the sound to the Shure. Close to equal, and $2000 less.
Perhaps they do do retips/exchange.
The way I read it, you can trade in your Stradivari for another... Re-Tip/Exchange:
As far as clearaudio not being a custiomer oriented brand, that's ridiculous. They stock parts for every turntable/arm they have ever manufactured. Many of their tables allow for upgrades when they come out.
Talked with my dealer this morning and he told me that Clearaudio would give me 55% of the retail towards the purchase of a Stradivari V2 or anything else above that in the lineup! For me that s a nice deal since I purchased the original Stradivari at the end of the run at a discounted price. Might be an opportunity to move up to the de Vinci V2 at a price that doesn't sting quite so bad.
Happen to me 3 times. dynavector xv-1s twice and clearaudio goldfinger once. Between I tried other carts but was not happy. After the goldfinger broke I went with Benz Micro LPS. Could not be happier. No worries and great sound. Never going back to that sticking out there type of cantilever again. Too many other things to do with my money.
Stringreen wrote: "Soundsmith will do a great job, but the cartridge you get back is not going to be the same. If you like your cartridge as well as you say you do, have Clearaudio repair it."
I have wondered for some time why so many cartridges for sale on Audiogon are listed as "just retipped by Soundsmith."
Genuinely, the last thing I want to do is talk down someone who provides audiophiles with a valuable service, which Soundsmith definitely does. Having said that, can any of you comment on the sound characteristics of a re-tip, how it sounds different from the original, other than the obvious observation that the materials are not as originally designed, engineered and produced? Is one retip best suited to a particular cartridge, or type of cartridge?
I ask because I have a Dynavector 20XL on which I bent and twisted the cantilever. If I want to use this cartridge, am I better off sending it to Dynavector or Soundsmith?
If I'm putting anyone in an awkward position with this question, I apologize in advance. My question stems from the inevitable ignorance of being new to the pursuit of high end vinyl.
Thanks very much,
I truly hate when that happens! A true bummer!
Phono cantilevers are quite delicate and accidents happen. One of the true downsides.
Best to keep a spare of everything around so that when something nasty like that happens, the music can keep playing until replaced, repaired, whatever.
I think my kids and even my dog all know to stay clear of daddy's stereo gear...or else.
I think my wife even knows not to even think about cleaning my phono stuff, which goes against all her basic instincts.
Cats can be tougher as many well know (please, this is NOT an invite for more always poorly accepted cat jokes by the way).