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  • #16
    My Denon 103 in a chunk of aluminum - the Micromagic Virus

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    • #17
      Another Denon 103 in a chunk of metal - not sure what metal this one was.....

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      • #18
        Something more interesting than a Denon 103 in a chunk of something - a Kiseki Lapis Lazuli with the diamond cantilever.

        You must be figuring that I like gemstone cantilevers by now.......


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        • #19
          I've been using this one for a while now..... a Roberto Torlai Pick-up Service Modified Dynavector.

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          • Metamatic
            Metamatic commented
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            Hi Gary. what did Roberto do in the mod - besides painting the front blue.

          • garylkoh
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            The major change was the configuration of the suspension system so that the coils were aligned to the axis of rotation of the cantilever. This results in quite a startling change to the soundstage and imaging. The coils were also replaced with a single-layer coil using square-profile wire. The resulting output (0.12mV) won't be for the faint-hearted.

        • #20
          RIght now, the king of my hill is the Transfiguration Proteus. There's nothing "magical" about the ruby ball that's sitting on the headshell. The Roksan Artemiz arm I'm using has a bit too low of an effective mass - and I like to tune that to the compliance of the cartridge, so I use various balls of different weight (but the same size) to adjust the effective mass. The Proteus is a very light cartridge compared to all of the others.

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          • Asamel
            Asamel commented
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            Gary do you ever use a rim clamp? I just got this cart and using the clamp scares me.

          • garylkoh
            garylkoh commented
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            On the VPI Vanquish, I use the rim clamp to add to the rotational momentum of the platter, but only rarely use it on the LP itself. Most of the LPs I play are sufficiently flat.....

          • Asamel
            Asamel commented
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            What torque setting do you reccomend?

        • #21
          Ortofon SPU. Can't remember if its the Royal GM or the Classic E. edit - Classic GM E.

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          • JCOConnell
            JCOConnell commented
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            Is there any way to adjust the overhang on the cart or is it just standardized in the spec for it?

          • Metamatic
            Metamatic commented
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            No. The SPU cartridges have no adjustment. Most S tonearms that can handle the very heavy SPU seem to play the SPU fine. Not really sure if Ortofon tone9 for example do a better job.

        • #22
          denon 103 in a hunk of wood - ESC ruby cantilever and stylus


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          • kensell21
            kensell21 commented
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            I have one with the similar changes. Mines a standby cart

        • #23
          Audio Technica - AT-25. superb performer


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          • JCOConnell
            JCOConnell commented
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            does that cart have adjustable overhang?

          • Metamatic
            Metamatic commented
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            Yes, you will see at the back of the headshell, a 50 and some lines. You adjust to the correct overhang there, then tighten the small set screw under the bottom of the headshell.

        • #24
          Lyra Delos - best value MC you can buy - imo


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          • Metamatic
            Metamatic commented
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            Not sure. retail is 2k. I got mine a couple of years ago. Looks like it has gone up by $300 or so.

          • Sgood@verizon.net
            [email protected] commented
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            I’d be interested in any comparisons of the Delos to the Clearaudio concerto/v2 and Koetsu Black goldmine.

          • kensell21
            kensell21 commented
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            I had one for quite sometime. Didn’t think I’d be replacing it until a Kleos can up that I couldn’t resist

        • #25
          the legendary TECHNICS EPC-P100C-MK4. up there with the best cartridges ever made.





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          • Guest's Avatar
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            With specs written on the cartridge - interesting.

            Nice collection!

        • #26
          Linn Troika with ESC retip


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          • Joe Pittman
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            I loved that cartridge back in the day. Sorry I ever sold it...

        • #27
          Dynavector XV-1s - great all rounder.


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          • #28
            Lyra Titan on Audiomods arm and Hanss T-60 table. One of my set-up tricks is to use a laser level for the VTA reference.
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            • Guest's Avatar
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              Thanks Joe. Tip of the Day! Which laser level do you use?

            • Joe Pittman
              Joe Pittman commented
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              CST/berger Lasermark. It's also handy for setting up my large Genesis G2.2jr loudspeakers.

          • #29
            Lyra Parnassus on Naim ARO arm and Linn LP12 table. One of my favorite cartridges of all time. There was something special and magical about the platinum/iron magnet.

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            • #30
              Another modified Denon 103R in a chunk of aluminum mounted to an Odyssey arm and Roksan table.

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              • Rob
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                The Odyssey arm is a rare bird. I recently got to see one up close, NOS still in its wooden box, blingy too w/18k gold plate. The owner swears its one of the all-time greats and he's been around the analog block more than a few times.

              • MylesBAstor
                MylesBAstor commented
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                Is Odyssey still being made?

              • Joe Pittman
                Joe Pittman commented
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                The last time I was in contact with John Gordon he wasn't producing arms anymore but was supporting existing owners with parts if he had any in stock. I thought he said he may do more in the future however. If you would like to know more, send him an email: [email protected]. Or send snail mail to John Gordon, 24 Marmora Road, London, SE22 0RX
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