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Old 13th February 2008, 09:13 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone taken the body of a Denon DL103?

As per the thread title, has anyone done this, and did they take any photographs? Or, to put it another way, what ought I to know before I buy one brand new and open it up?

Why do I want to do this? Generally, naked moving coil cartridges sound better. More "open" if you like...
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Old 13th February 2008, 09:29 PM   #2
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Not yet, but I'm going to. I just have to make a brass plate so I can mount the darn thing. Have you seen the Thomas Schick video on removing the plastic body?

The other option is to remove the plastic body and mount the 103 in a wooden body, ebony seems to be popular. There is a gentleman in Europe that makes wooden bodies for the 103/103R.

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Thank you. That's even more than I dared hope for. Looks easy enough. It's a shame the base the magnet structure is on isn't capable of being fitted directly to an arm, but I could always make up a threaded plate to glue onto the back of the cartridge.
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Zu also take the bodies off and replace with another.

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A fella is offering a service over on lenco lovers. He will strip your 103 bare and mount it on a bit of alu with 2.5mm tapped holes for easy mounting. He's looking for 50. Neat looking job.

Now of course you can do this yourself - there are pics of the completed job on lenco lovers.


FWIW, I have been pretty unimpressed with the sound of a standard 103 so it would indeed be interesting to try this out. Likewise it would be good to try this on a DL110 or 160.

Let us know how you get on, with photos if you have time!


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http://www.audioasylum.com/cgi/t.mpl?f=vinyl&m=704961
http://www.thomas-schick.com/Denon103.htm

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Thank you. That's even more than I dared hope for. Looks easy enough. It's a shame the base the magnet structure is on isn't capable of being fitted directly to an arm, but I could always make up a threaded plate to glue onto the back of the cartridge.

My pleasure. Thomas does make it look easy, but then I get the feeling he's done a few.

Here is another link with additional info on mods for the 103.

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Hi, here some mod.

maybe you can have a rough idea.Is in Italian but you can try with a babel fisn or similar translation...

sadly it's not possible to insert an hyperlink so you have to do the follow:

go to www.audiocostruzioni.it


look at the sidebar on the left, inside the pale green space click on "giradischi" (aka:turntable)

click on the center image: Tweaking etc...

scroll the page. for sure you'll recognize a naked DL 103.

click and read.(well, maybe you have to translate first).


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sadly it's not possible to insert an hyperlink so you have to do the follow:
http://www.audiocostruzioni.com/a_d/...tina-denon.htm

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Thanks everybody. Looks like it's time to give the credit card some exercise...
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