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Thread: Cartridge Repairs, Retipping and Replacement Styli Suppliers. A list!

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    After a lot of happy listening my Tonar hyperelliptical G900 stylus wore out, so I sent it to Expert Stylus for retipping with their Paratrace line contact (120). The sound is now even better still and, I suspect, fully the equal of a good original G900IGC. For anyone with an old G900IGC (or other G900 series cartridge) in the drawer and a suitably lightweight pickup arm I'd recommend this as a seriously good option.

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    This is a very useful thread. My Grado Reference Series Platinum 1 cartridge is poorly - occasionally, one channel increases noticeably in volume, suggesting that the cartridge needs a retip, or possibly that the cantilever is moving. Who would you recommend in the UK to inspect & repair this cartridge? Or would it be better to replace, either with a new Grado, or a high output MC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liberdade View Post
    This is a very useful thread. My Grado Reference Series Platinum 1 cartridge is poorly - occasionally, one channel increases noticeably in volume, suggesting that the cartridge needs a retip, or possibly that the cantilever is moving. Who would you recommend in the UK to inspect & repair this cartridge? Or would it be better to replace, either with a new Grado, or a high output MC?
    I would send it to Expert Stylus Company for their advice, but if you don't want to do that you can either contact Grado themselves, or contact a Grado dealer in the UK.

    ESCo:
    Address: Harriotts La, Ashtead KT21 2QB
    Phone: 01372 276604

    Grado:
    https://gradolabs.com/cartridges

    Grado dealers in the UK:
    https://shop.mantra-audio.co.uk/acat...artridges.html
    https://www.hifigear.co.uk/brand/grado/cartridges.html
    http://www.britishaudio.co.uk/grado.html
    https://www.audioaffair.co.uk/hifi/t...s/browse/grado
    Barry

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    My Trust is with Holistic Audio.
    I am more than impressed with their guidance offered, and as a result of taking their advice, I am totally satisfied with the comparative performances on offer, when A/B compared to the Cartridge that My one was produced to be a mimic variant of, if that is the correct description.
    A very rare unique built Cartridge, that was Limited Production, now has a Mimic Cartridge, built from a much easier to obtain Kb model, that is almost disguised as its much more exotic sibling.
    I would not hesitate to drop Kilian Bakker at HA a mail and get a assessment of the Grado.

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    Has any one used Northwest Audio - Carnforth, Lancashire?

    I have an Ortofon MC20 Supreme that has sagging suspension, not quite bottomed out, but only useable on dead flat records.
    Nice cartridge, I would like to keep it, so looking for a new suspension and re-tip.

    What am I likely to pay for this kind of work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnG View Post
    My Trust is with Holistic Audio.
    I am more than impressed with their guidance offered, and as a result of taking their advice, I am totally satisfied with the comparative performances on offer, when A/B compared to the Cartridge that My one was produced to be a mimic variant of, if that is the correct description.
    A very rare unique built Cartridge, that was Limited Production, now has a Mimic Cartridge, built from a much easier to obtain Kb model, that is almost disguised as its much more exotic sibling.
    I would not hesitate to drop Kilian Bakker at HA a mail and get a assessment of the Grado.
    +1 Superb work, Kilian Bakker is a top guy to deal with, his work is top draw IME.
    My System:
    Amplification - Sansui AU-alpha 707 DR
    Turntable - Technics SP10 MK2-Technics EPA-250 Tonearm-Yannis Tome 423.5Plus tonearm cable-Eichmann KLEI Absolute Harmony plugs.
    Ortofon Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge-Fritz Gyger S re-tip. Panzerholz plinth.

    CDP - Pioneer PD-91
    Speakers - Spendor D7 on Soundcare SuperSpikes
    QED Silver Spiral speaker cable-airloc banana plugs
    Mains - Ultra Pure silver plated un-switched socket-Missing link EPS 500 silver plated plugs-Hi-Fi Tuning gold plated silver ceramic 13 amp fuses

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    Holistic Audio, are they in the Netherlands?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qwin View Post
    Holistic Audio, are they in the Netherlands?
    Yep, service is excellent !
    My System:
    Amplification - Sansui AU-alpha 707 DR
    Turntable - Technics SP10 MK2-Technics EPA-250 Tonearm-Yannis Tome 423.5Plus tonearm cable-Eichmann KLEI Absolute Harmony plugs.
    Ortofon Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge-Fritz Gyger S re-tip. Panzerholz plinth.

    CDP - Pioneer PD-91
    Speakers - Spendor D7 on Soundcare SuperSpikes
    QED Silver Spiral speaker cable-airloc banana plugs
    Mains - Ultra Pure silver plated un-switched socket-Missing link EPS 500 silver plated plugs-Hi-Fi Tuning gold plated silver ceramic 13 amp fuses

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