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    Default Cartridge Renewal part 2

    Having now sold my Koetsu Rosewood and hopefully my MC3000MK2 will sell soon too. Admittedly the first three in the list would stretch my budget and I am not sure if I will get a significant improvement to justify the extra £700 to £1000 in cost ?

    So what do I replace the Koetsu Rosewood with ?

    Shortlist so far from recommendations is:

    Koetsu Rosewood Signature
    Hana Umami Red
    Benz Micro LP-S
    Koetsu Rosewood
    Jasmine Audio Tiger
    Hana Umami Blue

    Any more suggestions welcome.









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    Whilst I confess I don't have any experience of any of the recommended cartridges in your short list, I would probably go for the Benz; based solely on the fact that Van den Hul used Benz cartridges for subsequent modification after his spell with modifying EMT designs.

    (I also have to confess I'm suspicious of any cartridges that have 'pretty' bodies.)
    Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    (I also have to confess I'm suspicious of any cartridges that have 'pretty' bodies.)
    And 'sleeved' cantilever construction as per Hana is something I wonder about. Interfaces can cause modes.
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    Default Cartridge Renewal Part 2

    Thanks for the replies, someone has also suggested:


    Gold Note Machiavelli


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    EMT HSD 006

    Dynavector te kaitora rua

    I have heard these two cartridges and they were very good indeed. Also heard that Gold Note Machiavelli - very nice indeed.
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    If in budget you really should consider one of these, not dissimilar to a Micro Benz, very clear and clean sound, not quite as much high end detail as an LP-S, but then it's more that double the price. I nearly settled on one or the PP-500.



    and the dealer may have one for you to try out.
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    Having a 1980's Kiseki Blue Gold Spot (retipped with a micro ridge stylus) I aspire to one day have a Kiseki Purple Heart https://www.cheshireaudio.co.uk/acat...Heart-124.html - the wife keeps telling me to carry on dreaming :-(

    Maybe that would be of interest to you - or, possibly, the Kiseki Black Heart if feeling very rich https://www.cheshireaudio.co.uk/acat...Heart-126.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    EMT HSD 006

    Dynavector te kaitora rua

    I have heard these two cartridges and they were very good indeed. Also heard that Gold Note Machiavelli - very nice indeed.
    No objection to those two, though the latter is probably more expensive than what I think Mark want to spend.

    Barry (who has been using EMT cartridges on and off for the last 40-odd years.)
    Barry

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