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Trashed cartridge. Options?

Discussion in 'audio' started by Mr Magoo, Oct 24, 2021.

  1. I have just trashed the stylus on my cartridge. My Dynavector 17D3 and about 75% through its lifespan.I can’t fund a replacement (£1200?) for some time, so have to consider cheaper options. I have £300-£400
    Option 1. Get the cart rebuilt by Goldring. Minimum charge £300.
    Option 2. Replace with a cheaper MC cart and buy a new Dynavector later
    Option 3. Replace with a decent MM Cart and buy a new Dynavector later
    Option 4. Buy a used MC cartridge

  2. Darren

    Darren All Business

    Poor you Peter.
    But..... Obviously..... The rebuild.
    You won't be satisfied with a cheaper cartridge and a second hand cartridge carries a fair bit of risk. Maybe £300 for the rebuild and £100 for a MM to keep you going while the DV is away?
  3. Salamander

    Salamander pfm Member

    I'm with Darren, a cheap cartridge to keep you going, why not put up a wanted ad, and get the DV rebuiilt. Sorry you trashed it, but look on the bright side, you'd had 75% of it's usage ;)
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  4. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    Sorry to hear of your accident, are you sure Goldring can replace a Diamond cantilever? I wouldn't have thought so, anything else and it won't be the same.

    Buy something affordable that suits your tonearm and will work with your phonostage to keep you ticking over until you've the funds to get the Dynavector rebuilt/exchanged, but I'd do it as soon as possible, they're not going to get any cheaper, and give John Burns at Pear Audio a call he will be able to give you an accurate exchange price.
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  5. Euan

    Euan pfm Member

    Aren't you insured?
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  6. myles

    myles Intentionally left blank

    That's a sickener. I've just fitted a Hana ML and was extremely careful but it doesn't take much to end its life early. I'd speak to the usual suspects re. repair personally.
    As an aside I may have solutions for options 2 and 3; I'll message you.
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  7. Mongeddavid

    Mongeddavid pfm Member

    Dynavector Karat 23RS on ebay for 330 as i recall having had both in the dim and distant past i actually enjoyed the 23 more at least in the context of my system at the time.
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  8. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Absolutely. Under the audio-visual section of your contents policy there should be adequate cover for accidental damage, regardless of accidental cover on the rest of your contents. Well worth investigating, and I doubt that a claim at this level will prompt higher premiums in future; even so, prob. worth it.
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  9. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    Can Goldring really rebuild a DV17? - definitely check as I highly doubt it given the unusual design.
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  10. Eyebroughty

    Eyebroughty JohnC

    Interesting comments on Pear Audios FAQ about replacement or after market repairs to cartridges.
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  11. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    I would seriously doubt it, where as they may be fine for replacing the stylus on an aluminium cantilever a Ruby or diamond cantilever may be a whole different ball game.
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  12. divedeepdog

    divedeepdog pfm Member

    That series of DV is quite unique with very short gemstone cantilever, I’d save it for exchange rather than my usual recommendation of Goldring ( they did my Koetsu)

    Last time I checked DV rebuild XX and above, but having a ‘standard’ cantilever they’re a good candidate for Goldring too.
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  13. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim 38yrs a Naim owner

    I'm with claiming on the house insurance

    It's what it's there for!!
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  14. Thank you all for your thoughts. I have to admit that claiming on the house/contents insurance had never even occurred to me. I simply pay the premium each month and that’s about it. It seems the last time we made a claim was about 20 years ago.
    I have already messaged Goldring, so I suspect the comments regarding the diamond cantilever will result in that particular option closing. I’ll await their response.
    Myles - have written.
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  15. I’ve checked the Pear Audio website and have noted the comments under FAQ. Shame the rebuilds start just above my cart in the Dyna hierarchy. Thanks John for the pointer.

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  16. Retro

    Retro pfm Member

    Hi Peter,

    You don't mention how you managed to trash it, but sorry to hear you have nonetheless.
    Something to bear in mind is that many home insurance policies have a clause that will not allow accidental damage claims to things like cartridges, if it happened whilst you were cleaning them.

    I had a mishap with a Troika some years ago. During the very few moments that we left him alone, a young child of a friend of mine whipped the felt mat off the deck and caught the cantilever on the way out. My friend (not an audiophile) said, can you still get them down at the newsagents on a little card? There are only about 50p aren't they? When I told him how much it was likely to cost, he really didn't believe me for quite some time.
    Fortunately, I had a new for old policy and a note from my dealer explaining the current model in the Linn range and the price. The insurance paid up, thankfully.
    Good luck.
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  17. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim 38yrs a Naim owner

    I heard Linn bought them all put in Troika's?:rolleyes:
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  18. ossy

    ossy pfm Member

    I trashed a dv10x5 and claimed on my home insurance. Made no difference to the premiums.
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  19. Retro

    Retro pfm Member

    Yes, then downgraded them so you couldn't flip them over and use the other side.;)
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  20. MANDY

    MANDY pfm Member

    Have it sorted by expert stylus company , they repaired a linn Krystall I had which was damaged , they replaced the cantilever and tip for I think it was £310 and it came back like new and sounded as it did when I purchased it , I would definitely use them again , fortunately I moved away from linn saving me much money on upgrades and I have a much better sound and put some cash back in my pocket . Yes the Lp12 looked great but It was a delusion that it was better than others out there that are cheaper , I had an awakening thankfully .
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