Today I went to the customs office to receive a shipment from the US.
I had asked Soundsmith to help me out. I managed to loose 2 of their stylus guards in my wall heater....
shit happens :-(
But this are the title things, where you can feel the difference in working with High End Manufacturers.
Without long debating, Peter Ledermann helped me out and even some more stylus guards were received.
Sending a box abroad, without using the chance to convince the customer to try a 360degree Soundsmith experience is not the style of Peter, so I found in the box a Soundsmith Headshell as well
Leonard Cohen was singing again, Using the Yamamoto ebony wood headshell and pure platinum headshell leads.
Than I changed to the Soundsmith Headshell, which looks like made from boxwood, but I am not sure.
To focus on the headshell alone , I changed the Soundsmith wires to pur platinum as well. Also the same headshell screws were used.
The difference in sound was audible, but smaller, as the difference between wood and metal headshells.
It is mainly the difference in the sort of wood. (Both headshells have nearly the same weight VTF adjustment was 0,2g))
Peter Ledermann has done the "correct" decision in choosing this headshell for his carts, the Soundsmith headshell just sounds natural, pure and in tonal balance. The Yamamoto Ebony had in comparison a little more emphasis to the bass and a little less in contouring the voice of Leonard Cohen.
Using the Soundsmith headshell an over all more harmonic balance can be heard.
(on my SME 3012R tonearm)
On other tonearms this might be different, but I will stay with this combination.
Comparing Headshell prices, I like to recommend to all Soundsmith users to give your cart a try in the Soundsmith Headshell too, as the Headshell is fair priced in todays High End market.
Soundsmith is running their own Webshop, so the headshell is just some clicks away
Thanx Peter!, if you read here?
My Hyperion feels much more safe with the new stylus guard and is taking a better ride with the new headshell