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Old 2nd May 2012, 12:50 PM   #1
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Question Cartridge Modifications

Has anyone ever modified the external body of a cartridge to improve the sound?
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Old 2nd May 2012, 02:04 PM   #2
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Has anyone ever modified the external body of a cartridge to improve the sound?
Oh Yeah, I've put different bodies on my Denon 103D and my Denon 103r. Just beautiful. I will not spent another dollar on a cartridge. I've owned Rega, Grado Sonata and Platinum, ortofon, Stanton. there is only one upgrade that I will do and that's a nude contact line diamond as soon as my current stylus needs replacement and I can't wait! e Contact Line Diamond
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I've done things like glued (dab of superglue) the stylus assembly to cartridge body, tried similar with blu-tak. Tried stiffening the mounting points, and damping the body with all sorts of things. (Old Radio Shack/Shure cartridges mostly) Denuded an Early Sumiko BP (P mount type) which worked pretty well but was nerve racking, installed it on an aluminum mount (not diy)..

Mounting DL-103/R in a metal or wood body is a huge improvement over the stock plastic body. Had a ZU Denon DL-103 for a year or so before I sold it along that was a clear improvement over the plastic bodied DL-103 in direct comparison.

Currently have an SPU GM/E II and a DL-103D. (on different tables/arms) The 103 seems like a candidate for a rehousing.
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Old 3rd May 2012, 04:08 AM   #4
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I have replaced the plastic body on my DL-103 with an aluminium one to good effect, the cart is now with Soundsmith getting a ruby cantilever and fineline stylus.
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Old 5th May 2012, 05:22 AM   #5
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Batty, Please can you let us know what the re=tip sound like, I've got a decapited 103 and was thinking of doing to same, but am not sure.
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Old 5th May 2012, 05:42 AM   #6
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tabarddn, I have the ruby upgraded Dl103 and the improvement is well worth the cost, if the stylus is already decapitated it is a no brainer.
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