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    Great cartridges, I had the Jubilee from this series, I think the B equates to the Cadenza Blue which is the nicest I've heard of the Cadenza series that followed it.

    Ortofon have a few available in their 'treasure trove' of refurbished trade-ins - slightly too high compliance for my setup but ideal for many https://www.ortofon.com/mc-kontrapun...d-p-668-n-3450
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N + Shure M3D Jico stylus; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0 retipped by Ana Mighty Sound bamboo cantilever, Spirit '78' 3.0 conical from Ana, also vintage GE VRII, Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Duncan 'Tuberhunter' 200w class D; preamp - Pass DCB1; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage SPU-GE; SUTs - Ortofon 2-15k & Bob's Devices; Phono Stage: Schiit Mani; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    Great cartridges, I had the Jubilee from this series, I think the B equates to the Cadenza Blue which is the nicest I've heard of the Cadenza series that followed it.

    Ortofon have a few available in their 'treasure trove' of refurbished trade-ins - slightly too high compliance for my setup but ideal for many https://www.ortofon.com/mc-kontrapun...d-p-668-n-3450
    Thanks for the info Tom. I agree, very good cartridge.

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    Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves) > Slagle AVC Passive Preamp > Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves) > Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable > Pioneer CS-77A Speakers > SPOTFIRE Cables Throughout

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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    Great cartridges, I had the Jubilee from this series, I think the B equates to the Cadenza Blue which is the nicest I've heard of the Cadenza series that followed it.

    Ortofon have a few available in their 'treasure trove' of refurbished trade-ins - slightly too high compliance for my setup but ideal for many https://www.ortofon.com/mc-kontrapun...d-p-668-n-3450
    I was somewhat surprised but delighted to find out that the Kontrapunkt B does in fact work very well at the end of my FR-64S, defying the mathematics which indicates a combined resonant frequency that would typically be considered to be too low. But, it works!

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    Looks nice Oli. Quite a classic. How does it sound in your system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Looks nice Oli. Quite a classic. How does it sound in your system?
    It sounds completely revealing and provides the wide soundstage i like. Big praise but only matched by the Ortofon Vienna. I'm sure the Vienna has a bit more bite but overall it's a great cartridge and could easily live with it forever. It delivers the natural resonance of strings in a way I've not heard since the Vienna. The Kontrapunt and Vienna are the best carts I've ever heard. Vienna 1st, Kontrapunt 2nd by a gnats knacker.

    I'd love it to Boogie, just a tad more but that's being hyper critical.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    It sounds completely revealing and provides the wide soundstage i like. Big praise but only matched by the Ortofon Vienna. I'm sure the Vienna has a bit more bite but overall it's a great cartridge and could easily live with it forever. It delivers the natural resonance of strings in a way I've not heard since the Vienna. The Kontrapunt and Vienna are the best carts I've ever heard. Vienna 1st, Kontrapunt 2nd by a gnats knacker.

    I'd love it to Boogie, just a tad more but that's being hyper critical.


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    Sounds like a keeper. What is the stylus profile on the Kontrapunt B?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Sounds like a keeper. What is the stylus profile on the Kontrapunt B?
    FG80 it does a great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    What do you use now?

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    I recently bought a secondhand MC Jubilee because Iíve always fancied one, and itís superb. However, Iíve actually been using a Clearaudio MC Essence since the summer when I reviewed it, and this has proved a real eye-opener. Iíve always rated Clearaudioís cartridges but this is a real giant killer.
    Adam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beobloke View Post
    I recently bought a secondhand MC Jubilee because Iíve always fancied one, and itís superb. However, Iíve actually been using a Clearaudio MC Essence since the summer when I reviewed it, and this has proved a real eye-opener. Iíve always rated Clearaudioís cartridges but this is a real giant killer.
    Oooh. I hadn't considered a Clear audio.

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    I don't know why, but whenever Clearaudio cartridges are mentioned. Brinkmann spring to mind. Daft I guess!

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