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Old 10th August 2018, 06:12 PM   #71
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Hi Gigi, I just suggested those cartridges as good value for money. My Lenco build will be a bit more unusual, and I will hopefully post about that on LH come the time.

Sadly the demise of the medium budget turntable means reasonably priced new cartridges are now few and far between. Re-tipping, and buying exotic styli for older cartridges seems to be the way forward.
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Old 6th October 2018, 06:14 AM   #72
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Hi Guys, a while since I have been here, but I can now add another cartridge to the list.
Just managed to buy one from F/Bay for $230. That is a Ortofon MC25FL, it is an incredible cartridge & I would rate it easily as good as my Dynavector XX1.
Not the E, it has to be the FL, rare as hen's teeth, I have been hunting for one of these for over 4 years!!
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Old 6th October 2018, 06:44 AM   #73
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Hi Guys, a while since I have been here, but I can now add another cartridge to the list.
Just managed to buy one from F/Bay for $230. That is a Ortofon MC25FL, it is an incredible cartridge & I would rate it easily as good as my Dynavector XX1.
Not the E, it has to be the FL, rare as hen's teeth, I have been hunting for one of these for over 4 years!!
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Old 6th October 2018, 08:16 AM   #74
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I went down a similar avenue a few years ago, looking for a high end T/T. I decided to buy a Linn LP12 and then slowly restore it into the 10K+ unit that you can buy today. I just spread the costs as parts became available. The original LP12 was only about 200 but had no tone arm and was in a poor but restorable condition.

I spent a few weeks sorting out the plinth which cost no more that a tin of wood stain and a bit of effort. The hinges were bust but they are only 6 each. The cover was scratched but I found a second hand one for 40. I replaced the bearing for about 100 and the suspension for about 20. I then had a running T/T. I was lucky to find a second hand Ittok 2 tone arm for 500.

A bit later I bought a re-tipped Linn Arkiv MC cart. for about 600. Eventually I bought a Vanhalla PSU again for about 60 and a V PII upper deck for about 100. Spreading the cost I got a 16K turntable as and when I had a few pennies to spare. I run mine with a Pass Pearl 2 - I love it.

The beauty of the LP12 is that all the parts are still made and are easily obtainable both upgrades and originals.
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Old 6th October 2018, 12:01 PM   #75
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Nice Linn LP12 KatieadDad, what about the sound of re-tipped Linn Arkiv vs original? I have one without the diamond but the rest of cart is OK. I run my LP12 with Shure V15 III Ekos & Lingo with Salas Valve Itch MM.
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Old 6th October 2018, 05:04 PM   #76
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I've not listened to a brand new one so I don't know. It is certainly very nice to listen to so I've got no doubts about the quality of the workmanship.
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Old 6th October 2018, 05:29 PM   #77
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Who re-tipped the stylus Expert Stylus?
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Old 7th October 2018, 05:18 AM   #78
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Hi Guy's The subject is a $1,000 ref turntable system, keep it on track please. A ref class $230 cart is valid for the subject, but a $600 one is not.

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Old 7th October 2018, 07:25 AM   #79
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The point I was trying to make is that if you wait for a real bargain one will eventually come along. You are unlikely to buy an already finished project for a bargain.

Decide what you are aiming for and then buy it piecemeal. By the time that bargain comes along you may have a bit more cash on hand.

It is quite common to find MC cartridges that require re-tipping. Yes, the cost of re-tipping is high but the finished result is a top-end cartridge for a fraction of the cost of a new one.
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Hi, Sorry I missed your point in the original post, Yes you are right, if you are on a tight budget (most of us are) then patience is the way to go as bargain will come along. I do not agree that re-tipping is that expensive. My re-tipper ADvinyl2000 charges 100 Euro for a Hyper fine line & new cantilever. Also there's a guy in the US on F/bay who is does a similar service at a similar price. Yes the big boys of the trade do cost more, so I do not use them.
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