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    Hi, anyone tried getting their carts re-tipped by Soundsmith? What were your experiences compared to the original? Thanks

  • #2
    I have not personally but know some who have and were very pleased with the end result. The only nit I've ever seen or heard of is sometimes, depending on their volume, the wait can be somewhat lengthy. But I'm not sure I've ever encountered a dissatisfied Soundsmith customer. Not saying they don't exist, I've just never come across one. But Peter is one of the nicest people I've ever met in audio.
    Speakers: Horning Eufrodite Ellipse III on Stillpoints Ultra 5S feet
    Speakers: REL Acoustics G1 Mark II Subs (pair)
    Tube Amplifier: New Audio Frontiers Ultimate 211 Special Edition Monoblocks
    SS Amplifier: Plinius SA-Reference
    Preamp: TW Acustic RPA-100 Line Stage
    Phono Stage: TW Acustic RPS-100
    Turntable - TW Acustic Raven AC w/ Black Knight Anniversary Upgrades
    Tonearm: Kuzma 4-Point 14" with Air Tight Opus-1 Cartridge (w/ EM/IA 1:20 Silver Wire SUT)
    Tonearm: TW 10.5" with Miyajima Zero Mono
    Vinyl Care: Furutech DF-2 LP Flattener - Degritter Ultrasonic & VPI Cyclone RCM
    Tape: Tascam 42B-NB (Refurb by Soren Wittrup)
    Tape Stage: Doshi V.3 Tape Stage
    CD/SACD: Playback Designs MP-5
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    DAC: Lampizator Golden Gate2

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    Wire: Custom Furutech PC's + Audience Front Row IC's & Speaker Cables
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    • #3
      He's re-tipped a couple of Denon's for me. No complaints. All went well both times. 6-week turn-around was typical at the time I had the work done.
      -Steve
      webmaster at The Analog Dept.
      system list:Classe' CAP 151 integrated, Carver TX-11b Tuner, NHT 2.9 Speakers, Thorens TD124 ( plus other Thorens models), Otari MX-5050 BII-2 R2R, Jolida JD100 cd player, ML-9600 digital recorder

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      • #4
        just be aware that they often change out the cantilever to one of different design so you really get a different cart back
        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 (Mono) , 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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        • user510
          user510 commented
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          You get a choice of cantilever types. Tubular aluminum and saphire/ruby. 3 different stylus choices along the price structure.

      • #5
        Can't speak for price or lead time but the sound is fantastic! We have had some carts re-tipped by Peter with great success

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        • #6
          Peter rebuilt two cartridges for me and the results were superb. I highly recommend Soundsmith's cartridge rebuilding services.
          Analog: Holbo Turntable, VdH Crimson Strad XGW; Forsell Air Reference, Transfiguration Proteus; Rega RP-8, VAS Nova Mono
          Digital: Mac mini 6,2 with YFS PS-12M LPS; Exogal Comet Plus, Exogal Ion PowerDAC
          Electronics: Aurorasound Vida, Channel D Lino C; Merrill Cara, Gryphon M-100 Mkii (pair)
          Cables: Morrow, Gryphon interconnects; YFS USB cable; Morrow, XLO, Channel D phono cables; Morrow, Gryphon, Goertz speaker cables

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          • bonzo75
            bonzo75 commented
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            Thanks Jonathan, which carts? And which cantilever and stylus did you get?

        • #7
          The first was a Clearaudio Accurate that got a ruby cantilever and a nude contact line stylus. The second was a Symphonic Line RG-8 (basically an OEM VdH Grasshopper III). That was rebuilt with a boron cantilever and a nude contact line stylus. It now sounds better than when I first acquired it.
          Analog: Holbo Turntable, VdH Crimson Strad XGW; Forsell Air Reference, Transfiguration Proteus; Rega RP-8, VAS Nova Mono
          Digital: Mac mini 6,2 with YFS PS-12M LPS; Exogal Comet Plus, Exogal Ion PowerDAC
          Electronics: Aurorasound Vida, Channel D Lino C; Merrill Cara, Gryphon M-100 Mkii (pair)
          Cables: Morrow, Gryphon interconnects; YFS USB cable; Morrow, XLO, Channel D phono cables; Morrow, Gryphon, Goertz speaker cables

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          • bonzo75
            bonzo75 commented
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            Do you have experience with other Symphonic Line stuff? Their Kraft power amp is one of my favorites SS amps, probably the best amp if you wanted to drive something like Apogees, B&W, etc

          • jonathanb
            jonathanb commented
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            No, just the cartridge.

        • #8
          I've had two done. Dynavector XV-1S and Benz LPS. Both times tip only, no cantilever. To me sound was same. Turnaround time 12 weeks or less both times. Well worth the time and money!
          SOURCE: VINYL - EAT C-Sharp with, EAT LPS power supply, My Sonic Lab Signature Gold
          DIGITAL - Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC. Roon Nucleus w/EAT Lps power supply. Auralic Aires G1
          PHONOSTAGE: AudioNet PAM G2 with AudioNet EPX power supply.
          PREAMP: Audionet PRE G2.
          AMPLIFIER: Audionet MAX monoblocks.
          SPEAKERS: YG Acoustics Anat III Signatures (upgraded to Sonja 1.2) JL Audio F112 V2 (x2)
          CABLES: Kubala-Sosna, Kubala Sosna Xpander.....Audio Desk Systeme RCM, Adona Rack, GIK & Acoustimac room treatment, Isoacoustics

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          • #9
            ..and such a nice guy. I called re: fuzzy sound. He advised just a thorough cleaning, and walked me through it myself.

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            • #10
              Peter has retipped cartridges for me several times. You can rest assured that the quality of the work is unquestionable. I have had retip work done by VdH and SoundSmith. The SoundSmith work was every bit as good as the work I had done by VdH. That says something.
              Life is analog...digital is just samples thereof
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              Analog: Walnut VPI Prime TT, HRX Pulley + 3 Belt Drive + ADS, Dual Pivot Assy, Tru Lift, HW-40 Feet
              Analog 2: Ortofon Windfeld Ti + Bob's Devices VPI Sky 30 Stepup + Liberty Audio B2B-1, Stereo Squares Dust Cover, Wayne's Audio Peripheral Ring
              Analog Care: VPI MW-1, Kirmuss KA-RC-1, Record Doctor V, Hunt EDA VI Brush, AQ Brush, Discwasher Record Care Kit
              Digital: TASCAM UH-7000 USB Interface, Pioneer Elite DV-47Ai Universal Disc Player, NAD C448 Internet Radio/Streamer
              Digital 2: Digital Audio Workstation (Toshiba P75-A7200 w/MS Windows 10, 24GB RAM, 1.5 TB Crucial MX300 SSD Internal Storage, Intel i7-4700MQ Processor)

              Amp: Rogue RP-9 Line Preamp, Schiit Loki Tone Ctrls, Parasound A21 Power Amp
              Speakers: Magnepan MMC2, REL T9/i Subwoofer
              Headphones: Stax SR L700 MkII + Woo Audio GES, Focal Clear + Schiit Lyr 2, Stax Lambda Pro + SRM1 Mk II
              Wires: Kimber Hero ICs, Kimber 8TC Speaker Cables, AQ Leopard Phono IC, Pangea Silver USB Cables, StraightWire Expressivo ICs
              Power: Furman Elite 15 PFi

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              • bonzo75
                bonzo75 commented
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                Thanks, which carts?

              • EdAInWestOC
                EdAInWestOC commented
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                All of the work was done on Denon cartridges.

                He replaced the stock cantilever/stylus on a DL-103R with a boron cantilever and line contact stylus. He also has done work on a DL-103D for me. He initially retipped the 103D and replaced a boron cantilever and VdH type 1 stylus with a ruby cantilever and optimized line contact stylus. Later he did work on the same 103D and replaced the cantilever and stylus with another ruby cantilever/optimized line contact stylus plus he repaired the suspension. When he performed the suspension work he asked permission to try something new on the cartridge. I'm not exactly sure what he did but the results were excellent.

                Peter has retipped so many types of cartridges that you can forget your worries. If your cartridge can be retipped, Peter can do the job as well as anyone.

            • #11
              I've had positive results from Peter's re-tipping several times. Plus he's a prince of a person! Be prepared for a long wait. It takes time and effort to retype or rebuild a cartridge and there's always a waiting list.

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