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    today I received a new Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement cartridge. I've had my much loved Ortofon MC Anna for 4 years now and decided to see what might either (1) show me a different musical viewpoint, or (2) take things to another level of musical bliss, or (3) a little or a lot of both.

    tonight I did a 95% set up on it and I've been listening for 90 minutes. so far I've heard nothing to conflict with the considerable positive vibe I've heard and read about it .
    Last edited by Mike Lavigne; 10-15-2016, 08:34 AM.
    https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/615

  • #2
    Hi Mike, I am seriously considering upgrading my beloved Transfiguration Orpheus with a GF Statement, I am most anxious to receive your updates, especially as it compares to your Anna reference cartridge. Thanks!

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    • #3
      High output indeed has its own charms. GFS for me is a departure from the old CA sound and a departure for the better. I started with a Sigma Hammerhead and two V1 variants. IMO they hit the mark with the GFS. Congratulations Mike. It's a bit finicky especially with a unipivot arm but once the Azimuth is dialed in, no etch. Its bombast is a good contrast to the Anna's finesse, not that the GFS doesn't have that. Presentations I think are different enough to easily warrant owning both. I predict it will stay in your rotation for a long time.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JackD201 View Post
        High output indeed has its own charms. GFS for me is a departure from the old CA sound and a departure for the better. I started with a Sigma Hammerhead and two V1 variants. IMO they hit the mark with the GFS. Congratulations Mike. It's a bit finicky especially with a unipivot arm but once the Azimuth is dialed in, no etch. Its bombast is a good contrast to the Anna's finesse, not that the GFS doesn't have that. Presentations I think are different enough to easily warrant owning both. I predict it will stay in your rotation for a long time.
        thanks Jack. no conclusions.......about 5 hours so far. but 'mega-energy' for sure, the music just leaps from the grooves. glad my dart phono is so flexible. owned a CA Insider Gold back in the late 90's for a year.....this one is much more than that.
        https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/615

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        • #5
          what arm do you use it with?
          Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
            what arm do you use it with?
            I use 2 separate 12" Durand Telos tonearms; one is the stock Telos with the composite arm wand, the other is the Telos Sapphire.

            currently the Goldfinger Statement is on the stock Telos and my Ortofon MC Anna is on the Telos Sapphire.

            my darTZeel NHB-18NS battey powered preamp has 2 identical phono stages. each of the arms is plugged into one of those.
            https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/615

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            • #7
              I only asked because its gonna take one hell of a tonearm to be able to extract every last drop of sound from the GFS
              Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
                I only asked because its gonna take one hell of a tonearm to be able to extract every last drop of sound from the GFS
                I think Mike's arms are more than up to the task. And system.
                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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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
                  today I received a new Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement cartridge. I've had my much loved Ortofon MC Anna for 4 years now and decided to see what might either (1) show me a different musical viewpoint, or (2) take things to another level of musical bliss, or (3) a little or a lot of both.

                  tonight I did a 95% set up on it and I've been listening for 90 minutes. so far I've heard nothing to conflict with the considerable positive vibe I've heard and read about it .
                  Congratulations on the new acquisition. The CA GF is in my book one of the top two cartridges out there. From what I hear the GFS is very different from the earlier Goldies. The GFS sounded amazing in the Magico room at RMAF in the BB arm on the Kronos. Plus you never have to apologize for output.

                  Only think that ever off putted me about it was it's tracking force. I'll be very interested in your reaction to the GF's midrange!
                  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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
                    today I received a new Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement cartridge. I've had my much loved Ortofon MC Anna for 4 years now and decided to see what might either (1) show me a different musical viewpoint, or (2) take things to another level of musical bliss, or (3) a little or a lot of both.

                    tonight I did a 95% set up on it and I've been listening for 90 minutes. so far I've heard nothing to conflict with the considerable positive vibe I've heard and read about it .
                    I've had one of these Goldfinger Statements around here for years. They can be impressive performers when setup is honed. If it works for you, you will enjoy the cartridge.

                    As we communicated, careful setup isn't lost on this one.

                    Hope you are enjoying the cartridge. I've rotated into my system on a regular basis from time to time.

                    Dre
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                    • #11
                      Hi Mike, sitting here on the edge of my chair waiting to receive further updates on the GF Statement. How many hours and are you still pleased with what your hearing? Any areas that stand out or perhaps concern you compared to your Anna? Thanks

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                      • 1morerecord2clean
                        1morerecord2clean commented
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                        Take it easy Badboss. You'll have yours and you will forget the past.😎

                      • MylesBAstor
                        MylesBAstor commented
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                        Ditto.

                    • #12
                      Badboss429,

                      at about 65-70 hours so far. moved it to the Telos Sapphire from the Standard Telos at about 50 hours.

                      I'm in new territory and have to say that the GF Statement is stellar. I'm hearing detail resolved beyond previous experience. the focus and ease is something to behold. these issues are beyond my Anna.

                      I've had a number of visitors and none have left less than taken with the GFS.

                      I'm told that the bass and body does not fully come in until around 100 hours, so that is likely in a week or so. right now I prefer it's overall bass performance to the Anna in articulation and texture but the Anna has a bit more overall bass energy. or another way to put it would be that the Anna rounds things more and so it has that fullness compared to more information. but also the GF Statement's bass has varied during break-in so we have to wait for the final picture. and since things are changing getting VTA and VTF exactly right is a moving target. right now I'm tracking 2.88 grams and the rear very slightly down.

                      what is interesting is the varied feedback from GFS users as far as where they view the GFS. I suspect that it's more than just a matter of set-up. I think that not every arm is up to dealing with the 16 grams of weight of the GFS and also not every phono is ideal for .6mv of output. I'm guessing my extremely robustly built and heavy base Durand Telos Sapphire and dart phono with a 57db output choice allows for the GFS to really strut it's stuff without limitations. understand that this cartridge is designed and built to be optimized for the big bad Clearaudio linear tracking arm.....so it likely is more challenging than most to mate with the right arm.
                      https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/615

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                      • #13
                        Very nice photos.

                        Hope you'll report again after the 100+ hour mark.

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                        • #14
                          Mike, great to receive the updated details, it doesn't appear that the Anna will be returning anytime soon. Based on your past and present experience with many state of the art phono cartridges, would you say that the GF Statement is the best you've heard in your system? I also just purchased the Statement which will be installed on the Walker Black Diamond, from what I understand from Lloyd Walker, these two are a marriage made in heaven.

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by Dre_J View Post

                            I've had one of these Goldfinger Statements around here for years. They can be impressive performers when setup is honed. If it works for you, you will enjoy the cartridge.

                            As we communicated, careful setup isn't lost on this one.

                            Hope you are enjoying the cartridge. I've rotated into my system on a regular basis from time to time.

                            Dre
                            Wow I was just researching the Statement and it's been out for three years? Where have I been?
                            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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                            • Dre_J
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                              First question: even longer than that
                              Second Question: What Jack Said.
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