We recently noticed a pretty useful and exciting list from our friends at Audio Nirvana. This list consists of the currently known cartridge retippers/rebuilders. It is an active and NOT a complete list and will be updated. We recommend you join the conversation on the Audio Nirvana Forum to stay up to date as the list continues to grow!
Expert Stylus Repair (Wyndham Hodgson) are UK based and offer complete rebuilds. Contrary to what ive read the lead times aren't too lengthy, I don't think I've waited more than 45-60 days from mailing my cart to the UK and having it back in the US of A. These are the guys to send your Linn Troika, classic Supex (Koetsu) and literally anything other cart retippers/rebuilders wont touch.
Northwest Analogue are UK based and offer extensive rebuild services including rewinding coils, etc. I have not used them but heard one of their rebuilt Koetsus and it was excellent, the craftsmanship looked top-notch too.
Andy Kim aka The Needle Clinic. Andy has repaired a Koetsu Rosewood (missing cantilever) and Linn Karma for me. Turnaround was quick and the price fair, both carts went on to new owners and are still running strong.
Holistic is in the Netherlands and has a great rep, I don't have direct experience but another collector-friend I know has two carts done by them and loves the result.
Peter Ledermann, best known and recommended retipper in the US. Peter is a fountain of knowledge on all things audio, id love to someday visit his lab and soak it all in.
Steve Leung of VAS NOVA fame. see Bill Harts other post and review at The Vinyl Press.
Garrott Bros. are Australian based and also mfr MC carts. They're well known for modifying DECCA carts back in the day. I owned one of their modded carts but not used their rebuild/retip service.
AJ Van den Hul - his reputation precedes him, one of the best retippers. ive owned a retiped Koetsu, VdH and Benz carts that AJ did and they all performed as expected.
Goldring is UK based and a well known mfr of MC and MM carts. They also repair/retip other makes.
Ana Mighty is based in France and offer repair and retipping services.
Len Gregory aka The Cartridgeman is in the UK, they have their own bespoke line of carts and offer retipping rservies.
John Wright aka J. Wright Audio Services, UK based DECCA cartridge guru. Perhaps the first place to look to rebuild your DECCA.
Roberto Torlai is in Italy and a cartridge builder as well as re-builder, I never used him but his reputation is well established.
JFS Tonabnehmer German based retipper, known for B&O carts but they work on all brands.
West-tech are a US based rebuilders of vintage American carts.
Jilco and Namiki are among a few suppliers of styli and cartridge components in Japan and aren't retippers per se, however I have a cart that was purportedly retipped by Namiki. Japanese cos. tend to be mercurial and not easy to establish a relationship with. even my ex who was fluent in Japanese got the brush off when she made inquiries on my behalf.
We are very excited to have a bunch of product on live display at the Florida Audio Expo ranging from our VPI Cliffwood up to our new HW-40 Anniversary turntable! Here are the locations to to stop by to give a VPI table a listen!
Room 513 with DSA featuring a VPI Player
Room 516 with DSA featuring a 3 tonearm Avenger Reference
Room 810 with the Designer Leather Prime in Black with Wolf Audio
Room 815 with the HW-40 Anniversary Table with Ask the Audio Advisers
VPI Cliffwood in the front hallway with our friends at Mytek
We have our Office Manager Marc Boyle roaming around the show and representing VPI! Make sure you find and grab him in the hallways!
Florida Audio Fest, February 8 & 9, 3-4:30 pm
Dynamic Sounds Associates: Suite 513
à la carte productions Suite 516 (overflow)
Dynamic Sounds Associates, in association with Analogue Productions, invites you to an audiophile experience like no other: the power, beauty, focus, textures, and dynamics produced only when monophonic Lps are played by a monophonic pickup cartridge.
Included in this demonstration are audiophile reissues by artists such as Ben Webster, The Beach Boys, Stan Getz, Jimi Hendrix, Duke Ellington, Bob Dylan, Sonny Rollins, Nat King Cole and The Beatles; and composers including Stravinsky, Sibelius and Beethoven.
The analog front end will begin with the Ortofon Cadenza Mono cartridge mounted on a VPI JMW-12 Fatboy tonearm on a VPI Avenger Reference turntable with Luminous Audio Silver Reference interconnects feeding into a Dynamic Sounds Associates Phono II.
The Lion’s share of the Lps to be auditioned come from Analogue Productions own Quality Record Pressings in Salina, KS
While the main presentation will take place in Suite 513, mono Lps will be also be auditioned (informally) during this time across the hall in Suite 513 through an Ortofon 2M cartridge and a VPI Player turntable/phono preamplifier.
This is how these Lps were meant to be heard!
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