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    van den Hul releases new ‘Stradivarius’ edition of Crimson phono cartridge (and the name’s no coincidence…)

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    Like the violins, violas and cellos crafted by the Stradivari family during the 17th and 18th centuries, almost all of van den Hul’s phono cartridges are personally hand built and tuned by Dutch master cartridge designer Mr A.J. van den Hul himself. But has van den Hul now cracked one of the key secrets of the famous Stradivari sound? The new ‘Stradivarius’ edition of his Crimson phono cartridge would suggest so…



    The van den Hul Crimson moving coil phono cartridge is already a high performer, with its cross-grained koa wood body and 24-carat gold coils. Further key design elements include a samarium-cobalt magnet, boron cantilever and a proprietary van den Hul stylus.



    In this unique new edition, the Crimson’s koa wood body is coated with a special ‘Stradivarius Formula’ lacquer. While the details of the formula’s composition remain a closely guarded secret, it is said to be akin to that used on Antonio Stradivari’s iconic violins, hence the cartridge’s name.



    And, like the notorious violins, the creation of each Crimson Stradivarius is a real labour of love. van den Hul applies three separate coatings of the special lacquer which, since each layer takes a full two months to completely harden, means that every cartridge undergoes six months of work before ‘construction proper’ can even begin.



    “The specific advantage,” explains van den Hul, “is that the harder outer coating destroys the standing waves inside the softer body.” At the same time, van den Hul has made a number of further enhancements to the cartridge’s design which collectively yield a higher output,extended channel separation, superb tracking ability and greater dynamic expression.



    The result is a skillful balance of the real and the ideal. The Crimson Stradivarius combines surgical attention to detail with an emotionally captivating musicality. Voices and instruments are arrestingly lifelike, offering up a natural, even tonality in a wide and deep soundstage, against an inky black background.



    Each Crimson Stradivarius is hand-built to order by A.J. van den Hul himself and can be customized according to the buyer’s specific tastes and system set-up. So if your tonearmrequires a particular compliance, if your musical preferences lean towards a longer or shorter stylus length, or if you want an output impedance that best matches your phono stage - no problem. What’s more, van den Hul offers a 200-hour service check-up free of charge to the original owner.



    The Crimson Stradivarius is available in a natural light or dark wood colour as well as in the original crimson. On special request, the option of a polycarbonate body is also available.



    Technical specification
    Output 0.95 mV
    Stylus shape VDH-1
    Frequency range 5-55,000 Hz
    Tracking force 1.35-1.5 g
    Static compliance 35 Micron/mN
    Crosstalk Better than 0.3 dB
    Channel separation > 30 dB
    Optimum load 25-500 Ohms
    Weight: 8.75 g
    Warranty One year parts and labour (200-hour refresh available to original owner)

    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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  • #2
    Pricing? Nice write-up, though.
    Lyra Kleos SL, Dynavector XX-2MKII, VPI JMW 10.5i, VPI Aries, VPI SDS, ModWright PH-150 Reference Phono, Sony HAP-Z1ES server, McIntosh MR80, McIntosh C2300, McIntosh MC352, Vandersteen 5A, PS Audio P10, Bright Star Audio Rack of Gibraltar. Cables: Shunyata Cobra Ztron IC, PS Audio Statement AC, Synergistic Research AC, Harmonic Tech Silver Phono, Cable Research Labs Silver IC, Audioquest Gibraltar bi-wire.

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    • #3
      $5K - one I would love to audition...
      Primary 2 channel stuff: Atma-Sphere MP-1 Mk 3.3, Pass Labs X600.5 amps, Aerial SW 12 subs, True Sound Works Ultimate Apogee Divas, Dunlavy SC4s, VPI HRX Reference w Avenger mag drive and Reference footers, Gimbal Fatboy, Yamaha GT2000 for Mono, Miyajima Kansui, Miyajima ZERO, Fidelity Research MC-201 & 202, VPI ADS, Vendetta Research SCP-1, Audio Note UK- 3.1X II balanced DAC, Meridian Sooloos, Western Electric Speaker wire, mostly diy balanced interconnects, Furutech Power Cords

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      • #4
        André is reviewing it along with the new top-of-the-line Signature vdh MC cartridge. I'm sure we will all be interested to read his report!
        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
        ________________________________________

        -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
        -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
        -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          Sorry Ked. TOL?

        • bonzo75
          bonzo75 commented
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          Top of the line

        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          Ahhhh. AJ's all out cartridge is the new Colibri Signature Stradivarius that André is currently reviewing and I will have a review sample of in about a month. It will list last I heard for 11k in the US. I am not up on all the details yet.

      • #5
        Top of the line Colibri Signature is a little out of my league. With CJ phono and no step up, Crimson Stradivarius looks very interesting. Between this cartridge, Grado & Soundsmith, nice options with cartridges with outputs in the .9 to 1.1 Mv range.
        CJ Gat, Lamm ML1.1, CJ Tea1 S3 phono, TW Acoustics Raven AC, Tri-Planer MK Vll SE, Vdh Crimson Stradivarius, Exemplar Modded 205(Tube Output & separate power supply), Rockport Avior ll Speakers, Shunyata Everest, Triton V3, Shunyata Sigma Power Cables, Sigma SC's & Python Zitron IC's. Audio Desk Pro LP Cleaner, Stillpoints & Stillpoints Aperture Panels.

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        • #6
          To ME...the reasons for its performance as depicted here, sounds like ad copy. I'm not bad mouthing the cartridge, and it may well perform wonderfully, but..... I'm a violinist and am acquainted with the Strad sound.... Actually, there is no Strad sound. Some of them sound wonderful, some not nearly so. I remember a while ago, the NJ Symphony purchased a bunch of them for their 1st chairs and some others to play - neither I, nor anyone else I've talked to could hear a difference with the symphony's sound. I attended a lecture recently where Rachel Barton Pines played and discussed various instruments - Strads, del Jesus, brand new locally made instruments, etc. Much of this stuff is just stuff.

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          • #7
            Originally posted by Hawk View Post
            Top of the line Colibri Signature is a little out of my league. With CJ phono and no step up, Crimson Stradivarius looks very interesting. Between this cartridge, Grado & Soundsmith, nice options with cartridges with outputs in the .9 to 1.1 Mv range.
            IIRC, AJ can upon request tune the cartridge's output for the phono section.
            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
            ________________________________________

            -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
            -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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            • Hawk
              Hawk commented
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              Nice feature & customer service!
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