That sounds like it’s going to hurt. Luckily, the repair seems reasonable.I just broke my Colibri GC. While I was cleaning the dust of the table, my daughter’s dog barked loud enough to make me jump and touch the cantilever hard enough for twisting it badly.
If this costly and marvelous cart had a protection, it wouldn’t have happened.
It is now at VDH’ factory for a repair. The good news is it will cost about 450 € where another cart repair could cost half price of the cart and AJ will make the 200 hours check in the same time. The cart is 137 hours of use.
The bad news is I will have to pay 450€ and not sure it can’t happen again.
I’m thinking about selling it back when repaired. Not decided yet.
Koetsu does not charge 60% of the SRP for a rebuild. I just shipped a broken Urushi which has an SRP of $6500 for a rebuild price of $1800. The labor used in a rebuilt is actually twice (the effort and time) than making a new cartridge because they have to strip out the broken cartridge completely, clean the dirt, put the broken parts in again, realign the whole thing, and put in the body. That is the same procedure that Stig Bjorge of Lyra does, as he was an ardent 'student' of the late Sugano San. This 'style' is one of perfection. That they do not just retip a stylus since obviously only the stylus is gone. What if they just do that, and upon playing one finds some more flaws in the sound because there might be some other factors or elements inside that are flawed? Then the owner has to return the retipped item again and the cycle can happen once again.Before I buy VgH Colibri GC, I already had 2 valuable carts (Ortofon MC Anna and SPU Century). When I read the Colibri threads, except the sound quality that looked to be in the beyond quality top carts, I also read the retip cost was priced in real price.
That’s why I decided me to try one. I’m sick of paying 60% of the new cart´s price every 1000 or 1500 or 2000 hours of use.
I can understand that in the original selling price their is more than the parts and assembly. The R&D, time for the tries, errors, testing different materials and combinations, packaging, distribution, and the sonic result vs the other brands etc have to be part of the selling price.
Ok I understand that.
But I can’t understand to charge 60% of thIs price in a retip, even if you name it a rebuild or an exchange.
VDH doesn’t do that. Another fantastic cartridge master (Tedeska, check it in the net builds one of the very best mono cart, and stereo too), also refuse to charge 60% of the original price for a retip.
I never thought that, and never said that. I am not familiar with these 2 companies or how they repair their cartridges, and it is not just about justifying the costs of Koetsu and Lyra and I had pointed out for sure, Koetsu at least does not charge 60% of the SRP for a rebuild. If some companies charge $300 for a retip, it is their prerogative. If the work makes owner happy, then that's good for him.So you think AJ Van den Hul and Tedeska, and a few others make it bad just because they are not expensive enough to look serious ? I don’t.
They're both wonderful. The Blue Lace Diamond was literally "100% perfect sound" from hour #1 and has never let up (500 hours in). The Coralstone Diamond was not as "on it" from hour #1, and for the first 40 hours it took a very notable backseat to the Blue Lace, lacking that last 10%-20% "spark of life" of the Blue Lace's beautifully rendered sonic images. However I've been running the Coralstone lately, giving the Blue Lace a break, and it's definitely developed in a positive way. I haven't checked back yet to see if I'd consider it even between them, now. The sonic flavor difference is subtle, with the Coralstone having a little more warmth in mids (as others have described), and the Blue Lace being very dynamic and alive sounding.Hi I m looking at Koetsu Blue Lace Diamond or Coralstone Diamond . Any idea the difference between these catridges ? Noticed more people are using coralstone
~27% of SRP for a full genuine Koetsu rebuild is an exceptional deal, and makes Koetsu cartridges an excellent investment IMO! Unfortunately some distributors/dealers will take much more margin (around 50% SRP) for the privilege of routing a 200 grams package -- I suppose they are much more interested in selling another new cartridge! But certainly, at around 27% SRP, there is no excuse for not going with Koetsu and using a 3rd party retipper.I had given the rebuilding style of Koetsu some thought. The rebuilding cost is 27% of SRP, for the Urushi. Suppose a broken unit was sent to Koetsu, missing just a stylus tip upon visual inspection. The ordinary user will think that it's just a simple stick in job, maybe $300 tops and a 4 minute job under a microscope. And suppose there are 10 such pending cases (some worse, missing cantilever that was yanked by an exuberant cleaning lady) from around the world sent to Japan. How would Koetsu know the real conditions of the innards? By guessing that some units might have wood or metal corrosion due to a flood? Or that there was physical and mechanical trauma that happened inside the motor assembly? Or guessing the years of use by each customer, hence the wear and tear inside, which cannot be seen unless they open it up. As I mentioned, any cartridge repair man can just stick in a stylus tip if visually that is what it seems. And if the sound is not as good as it should have been, expectancy wise, then the repairman will ask you to resend it, and open it and see what is wrong that needs to be fixed or replaced. Then he bills your for another job and so on and so forth until the customer is satisfied. As I said, if the first $300 job makes a $6000 cartridge sound like 'new', then all is good, and perfect even. Koetsu values its reputation on its sound quality more than anything, and its users know that quite well. They do not want a case of sending customers an itemized bill of repairs and parts at every repair job. They change everything inside, except for the body. I have facilitated a handful of rebuild jobs, and I can attest each Koetsu sent back has those parts as news except the body, and most of all, is sounds new as in the original day of purchase. For 27% of the SRP, I personally do not think it is that bad.
My thoughts exactly. I've helped on 5 rebuilding jobs over the last 15 years. Most from accidents.~27% of SRP for a full genuine Koetsu rebuild is an exceptional deal, and makes Koetsu cartridges an excellent investment IMO! Unfortunately some distributors/dealers will take much more margin (around 50% SRP) for the privilege of routing a 200 grams package -- I suppose they are much more interested in selling another new cartridge! But certainly, at around 27% SRP, there is no excuse for not going with Koetsu and using a 3rd party retipper.
I have the same feelings and findings as you have basically. And those who thought Koetsu had 'bloated' and ill-defined bass were surprised at the clarity it had when playing Madonna's La Isla Bonita. I was using an older Black then. After 8 years of constant use, my tracking force was a 2.0g and also run it on 100ohm on my ARC PH3 at that time. Also, I couldn't use any other brand of cartridge after the Black, going on with a Rosewood Signature for 12 years, and now, one my first year and a half with the Urushi. Koetsu made me a 'faithful' man.I have read repeatedly in stereo magazines how early Koetsus track indifferently and sound syrupy on top and muffled on the bottom with a glow through the mids etc.
However my early 80s original Koetsu Black sounds quite balanced with fantastic power and definition in the bass, it tracks everything better and smoother than my Hana SH on my VPI Prime table. The highs are all there and not dull but possibly not as forward sounding as other cartridges I’ve owned which, is fine by me. The midrange is open and clear and breathtakingly natural. Sweet and very refined. I’ll never be able to settle for less. This Koetsu has ruined me lol!
There is no mistracking, grain nor IGD anywhere so I’m sure there’s a good bit of quality life left in it. This Koetsu is tracking at 2.06 grams and I’m running it at 100 ohms with a Parasound JC3+ phono preamp.
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