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  1. #1
    Join Date: Apr 2017

    Location: Bristol

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    I'm Tony.

    Default Cartridge advice

    I'm looking to buy a new cartridge for my VPI Scout as my current Ortofon's cantilever on inspection seems a little twisted, yet still sounds fine. Its about 13 yrs old.

    As I spin mostly vintage 70's Jamaican Vinyl, most of it mint but some suffering from poor pressing I need a needle that wont emphasis surface noise too much.

    The 25FL was good in this respect, so I'm thinking of trading in for a Quintet Bronze.

    Now I know for the same money I could get an M2 Black which comes highly recommended but I'm concerned that it may be unforgiving?

    I'll get 95 back on the trade in with the M25FL but as far as I know this only applies if buying another MC and not an MM.

    Any thoughts?
    VPI Scout 1.1, Ortofon Quintet Bronze, Trigon Vanguard I, SB Touch, Beresford Caiman SEG, Mundorfed Yaquin MC13S and Totem Arro.

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    Join Date: Dec 2016

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    I'm Graham.

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    http://www.airaudio.co.uk/media/down...2_Feb_2016.pdf not familiar with modern Ortofon's but I would seriously consider one of these in that price range.
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  3. #3
    Join Date: Oct 2016

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    I'm Mel.

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    The amount you get back against another Ortofon mc is limited to a maximum % of the new cart value and is not a fixed amount.

    I find the 2m black fine on old vinyl and not prone to magnifying surface noise. I also like the Quintet blue if you want to stick with mc and use the exchange deal. Try Ian Harrison HiFi first for a price

  4. #4
    Join Date: Apr 2017

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    Has anyone heard the Quintet Bronze.

    I'm wondering if it is similar to the MC25FL as it uses the same tip?
    VPI Scout 1.1, Ortofon Quintet Bronze, Trigon Vanguard I, SB Touch, Beresford Caiman SEG, Mundorfed Yaquin MC13S and Totem Arro.

  5. #5
    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    I'm Grant.

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    very good cart.
    Regards,
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    Join Date: Mar 2014

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    I'm Mike.

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    25fl for sale on here if you just want a direct replacement

  7. #7
    Join Date: Jan 2013

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    I'm Ken.

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    Rondo Bronze?

    Very good with surface noise, read the Stereophile review: https://www.stereophile.com/content/...rtridge-page-2

    Still available at Thakker:
    https://www.thakker.eu/de/tonabnehme...nehmer/a-5107/

    Though getting pricey.
    Ken

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