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Rebuilding options: Cantilever, and Stylus shapes

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Aluminum Alloy Cantilever; Nude Hyper- Elliptical Diamond

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  Our entry level, lowest cost repair; suggested as a possible upgrade for lower performance cartridges. We employ an assembly comprising an ultra-light weight "Nude Hyper Elliptical" diamond for low moving mass, and an aluminum alloy cantilever. This represents what is found in fairly high quality cartridges, and is often better than what is currently supplied as original equipment with low cost new cartridges. Sometimes, this rebuild will allow the use of lower tracking force than previously possible.This assembly may not fit in some cartridge rebuild situations. If so, we will advise an alternate suggestion.
  • $200 minimum + shipping/insurance

Sapphire with laser drilled mounted low Mass Contact line stylus

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  GREAT OPTION ! This rebuild features a laser drilled Sapphire cantilever with low mass through mounted Contact Line stylus - super performance option at a reasonable cost. The Contact Line Diamond has three times the contact area in the vertical direction of the groove wall compared to an elliptical shaped diamond. This lowers the force per unit area on both the diamond and the record groove, resulting in lower record and diamond wear and improved.high frequency performance - especially at the end of the record. This upgrade can be done to almost any cartridge and stylus assembly and can sometimes allow a reduction in a tracking force. The Sapphire cantilever can be an excellent replacement for most cartridges, and is basically the same material as Ruby. Sapphire has been used as the original cantilever material in some of the finest cartridges made. If you select and desire this level of rebuild, we will automatically proceed with this assembly unless we find a technical reason that it cannot be installed.
  • $299 minimum + shipping/insurance

Ruby Cantilever / Nude Contact Line Diamond

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  This quality rebuild will realize an upgrade for almost all cartridges and styli assemblies. With exacting care to angular positioning, we install a Ruby Single Crystal cantilever which holds a Nude "Contact Line" diamond, one of the most sophisticated stylus/cantilever assemblies ever made. This combination creates an ultra low mass system, capable of the finest reproduction from your cherished vinyl. The Contact Line Diamond has three times the contact area in the vertical direction of the groove wall compared to an elliptical shaped diamond. This lowers the force per unit area on both the diamond and the record groove, resulting in lower record and diamond wear. This upgrade can be done to almost any cartridge and stylus assembly and can sometimes allow a reduction in a tracking force. The Single Crystal Ruby cantilever can be an excellent replacement for most cartridges, and is original cantilever material in some of the finest cartridges made. If you select and desire this level of rebuild, we will automatically proceed with this assembly unless we find a technical reason that it cannot be installed.
  • $350 minimum + shipping/insurance

Ruby Cantilever / Optimized Contour Nude Contact Line Diamond

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  For those who demand the best, this is one of our our top-shelf capability upgrades for upgrading almost any cartridge or styli assembly. We install a Ruby Single Crystal cantilever which holds a Nude Optimized Contour Contact Line Diamond. This diamond shape closely resembles the actual cutting stylus that is used to create the master record, resulting in a near perfect tracing of the record groove walls. The Contact Line Diamond has three times the contact area in the vertical direction of the groove wall lowering the force per unit area on both the diamond and the record groove, and resulting in lower record and diamond wear. This combination creates an ultra low mass system, capable of the finest reproduction from your cherished vinyl. This upgrade can be done to almost any cartridge and stylus assembly, and again, often allows reduction of tracking force. If you desire this Optimized Contour contact line diamond level of rebuild, we will automatically proceed with the superior Ruby assembly unless we find a technical reason why it cannot be installed.
  • $399 minimum + shipping/insurance

Boron Cantilever with Nude Contact Line

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  Our new Boron cantilever and ultra low mass Contact Line stylus is an excellent replacement for those who desire to have the Boron material used. Our new Boron cantilever which holds a Nude "Contact Line" diamond of a low mass design. This combination of Boron cantilever and low mass stylus creates an ultra low mass system, capable of the finest reproduction from your cherished vinyl. The Contact Line Diamond has three times the contact area in the vertical direction of the groove wall compared to an elliptical shaped diamond. This lowers the force per unit area on both the diamond and the record groove, resulting in lower record and diamond wear. This upgrade can be done to almost any cartridge and stylus assembly. The Boron cantilever material is original cantilever material in many designs. If you select and desire this level of rebuild, we will automatically proceed with this assembly unless we find a technical reason that it cannot be installed.
  • $450 minimum + shipping/insurance

If Boron Cantilever is intact, diamond worn: Retip ONLY with Optimized Contour

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  • $450 minimum + shipping/insurance

If Boron Cantilever is intact, diamond worn: Retip ONLY with Contact Line

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  • $350 minimum + shipping/insurance

Evaluation of cartridge for repair
  (fixed cost but can be applied to repair)
  • $75 minimum + shipping/insurance

The costs for rebuilding
Soundsmith B&O & original B&O
models are as follows: 

For Soundsmith B&O & Original B&O cartridges use prices below

Use "OTHER" option as rebuild option on the RA form!

Soundsmith B&O
Models

rebuild
price

notes  

Original B&O
Models

rebuild price
(if condition permits rebuild)
notes
SMMC4 $125     MMC5
MMC4
NO REBUILD  
SMMC3 $175     MMC3 NO FULL REBUILD  
SMMC2 $350     MMC2 $295 (If stylus intact and not worn)
Otherwise full rebuild is $599
SMMC1 $450     MMC1 $295 (If  stylus intact and not worn)
Otherwise full rebuild is $799
SMMC20E $150     MMC20E
MMC20S
MMC3000
$250  
SMMC20EN $250     MMC20EN
MMC4000
$350  
SMMC20CL $450     MMC20CL
MMC 6000
$599  
SMMC20CL+ $550     MMC20CL
MMC6000
$799 (we will upgrade to the CL+)

B&O SP series cartridges – we do not manufacture new models, but can rebuild yours. You may choose your quality level of rebuild:

  • $150 for Aluminum w/Bonded Elliptical stylus
  • $250 for Aluminum w/Nude Elliptical stylus
  • $350 for Sapphire with Contact Line stylus.

The costs for rebuilding
Soundsmith Cartridge
models are as follows: 

For Soundsmith Cartridges use below chart

Use "OTHER" option as rebuild option on the RA form!

Soundsmith
Models

rebuild
price

notes
Otello $100  
Carmen $200  
Boheme $300  
Zephyr
(original)
$250  
Zephyr II
Zephyr III
$299  
Aida
Norman
$350  
Voice
Sotto Voce
$450  
Paua
Nautilus
$550  
Sussurro
Mezzo
$650  
Hyperion
Helios
$850 (if out of warranty ie physical damage)

 

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The Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC ($1499.95) is a new cartridge that uses much of the technology of the Soundsmith Sussurro ($4799.95),

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