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    Default Retipping Denon DL-103

    I remember there was quite a lot of discussion about where to send Denon DL-103 for retipping, but searching the forum I couldn't find any definitive conclusion. Does anyone has a list of recommendations?

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magiccarpetride View Post
    I remember there was quite a lot of discussion about where to send Denon DL-103 for retipping, but searching the forum I couldn't find any definitive conclusion. Does anyone has a list of recommendations?

    Thanks.
    There are few companies thatís can do a re tip but not too successfully.

    Why donít you look for a DL103 Pro .... it will amaze you

    I have this Cartridge, itís astonishing.


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    I've got a Denon 103M for sale that needs new cantilever + tip, you can have it dirt cheap.
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    You could try

    https://hearkenaudio.ca

    or

    Charisma Audio, (905) 470-0825,

    otherwise contact Soundsmith in the US, or Expert Stylus Co in the UK.
    Barry

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    expert stylus

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    Expert Stylus - white sapphire cantilever and paratrace tip transforms the 103
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    Denon 103SA in my stable with Expert Stylus Paratrace....

    The SA is about as good as it gets in the 103 compendium and it was okay but still not exactly going to get much air time against what I had available....

    Final shot was a Paratrace stylus and without going into detail I can happily say it can now get itself plenty of air time...

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    i loved my 103sa and always wondered what it would sound like with a decent tip on it.
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    Well I've had quite a few 103's in various incarnations and always sold them on eventually regardless of the hype of being a giant killer....

    The stock SA is good but was still no slayer of 'some' high end transducers until the Paratrace got into the groove....

    It could be the best of the breed and I am probably not going to find out otherwise anyway as my holy grail 103 search is done and dusted....
    EMT 930ST
    Garrard 301/3009 MK1
    Nagra BPS
    Garrard MRM 101
    Hashimoto HM-3
    Ortofon Spu Synergy/Cadenza Bronze (Paratrace)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller View Post
    Denon 103SA in my stable with Expert Stylus Paratrace....

    The SA is about as good as it gets in the 103 compendium and it was okay but still not exactly going to get much air time against what I had available....

    Final shot was a Paratrace stylus and without going into detail I can happily say it can now get itself plenty of air time...

    Where did you get the Ortofon G-type headshell with the Neumann 'diamond' contact arrangement, to use on your EMT 929 arm? How do you correct for the different stylus-to-bayonet flange distance?
    Barry

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