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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:22 pm 
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Kwadzilla was over tonight, and we had a go at setting up two cartridges with the Mint LP Best protractor. Both cartridges got WAY better sounding. The Koetsu improved the most. So, I took the for sale ad off.

I can't sell it. There is a certain musicality to it that is very very involving. This will need a great headshell, of only just to remove a shim. Darn stupid hobby....


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:55 pm 
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did you buy a Mint protractor for your arm/table combo Erik?

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Erik wrote:
Koetsu Black Goldline is a keeper
Yessssss, you're right Erik !

My father bought 2.
I remember, nothing was close at the time.

I used to call it : Goldine (french female cutename)
I'm sure I have one somewhere... I should be looking for it, someday.


Ouf... mon anglais est complètement nul cette fois, really sorry.


Anyway, Enjoy 'Goldine' Erik !!! :mrgreen:


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maybe you should consider a shun mook headshell? how did the koetsu improve? mine is still missing the sparkle at the top end (compared to my other carts) but that's ok with me for how i use it.

i've considered the mint protractor, but with the frequency i move arms around, i would need a dozen of them. i'm looking for a new feikhert now. i've worn the scale off of my old one.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:06 am 
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Nakamichel wrote:
Erik wrote:
Koetsu Black Goldline is a keeper
Yessssss, you're right Erik !

My father bought 2.
I remember, nothing was close at the time.

I used to call it : Goldine (french female cutename)
I'm sure I have one somewhere... I should be looking for it, someday.


Ouf... mon anglais est complètement nul cette fois, really sorry.


Anyway, Enjoy 'Goldine' Erik !!! :mrgreen:


They are a great cartridge!!! No need to apologize for your English this is a great hobby that transcends all all languages! Besides that if you read a lot of these forums there are a lot of English language people who can't spell either. :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:26 am 
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Yes stark I bought a mint LP. Got it used for 50 bucks. Makes a huge difference. None of this " half a mm is close enough bupkuss.

Corby, it could be that the aluminum body helps. Total mass of headshell, cartridge etc is 40 grams.


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Erik wrote:
Yes stark I bought a mint LP. Got it used for 50 bucks. Makes a huge difference. None of this " half a mm is close enough bupkuss.

Corby, it could be that the aluminum body helps. Total mass of headshell, cartridge etc is 40 grams.

-- 01 Apr 2014 08:26 --

Yes stark I bought a mint LP. Got it used for 50 bucks. Makes a huge difference. None of this " half a mm is close enough bupkuss.

Corby, it could be that the aluminum body helps. Total mass of headshell, cartridge etc is 40 grams.


you found a Dynavector/SP-10 Mint LP? Damn that was a lucky find. :)

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Found it on CAM! Thanks to kwadzilla who pointed it out.

The improvement in the sound was simply imaging/detail/staging. The bass was a bit tighter and better defined. The mids are glorious, the highs are cleaner. To summarize the improvement, it was a general cleaning across the board. Same with the Benz.

Corby, you will need a Mint LP for each arm/TT combination you wish to use. Of course you can request more generic templates as well. eg. Baerwald for Microseiki at a 226mm pivot to spindle distance. The turntable info sets the size of the spindle, the arm sets the pivot to spindle and manufacturers alignment. Of course, you could try to set up all your arms on whatever protractor fits the TT.

For the 507, the manufacturers alignment is Stevenson, but I did verify from Mint LP that a Baerwald alignment template for the SP-10 and Dynavector could be produced if desired. You could ask if he could make one template with multiple markings.....They are quite inexpensive new for the improvement they offer.

Doesn't a shun mook headshell cost a billion dollars ?


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Erik wrote:
Doesn't a shun mook headshell cost a billion dollars ?


For Shun Mook, it's fairly cheap at $240 from the Cable Company.


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I don't see the point for the Koetsu. If I had a Jelco or big FR arm, then fine, but I've got a dynavector, that is shimmed out to the max.

It would have to be used with the Benz.

Yamamoto makes cheaper wooden ones, but I don't think they are real ebony. The Head shell leads are also very important.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:00 am 
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Erik wrote:
Kwadzilla was over tonight, and we had a go at setting up two cartridges with the Mint LP Best protractor. Both cartridges got WAY better sounding. The Koetsu improved the most. So, I took the for sale ad off.

I can't sell it. There is a certain musicality to it that is very very involving. This will need a great headshell, of only just to remove a shim. Darn stupid hobby....
I didn't know you had it listed for sale?

Damn! I should've tried it out when you weren't using it. :x :mrgreen:

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I put it up yesterday afternoon, then changed my mind last night after improvements to the setup.

Still on the lookout for a really heavy headshell. The heaviest I can find is the Audio Technica LH18, at 18.4 grams. But I do NOT like that the azimuth and overhang adjustments are made with the same screw. Which means you can mess up one when setting the other. No thanks, TT setup is frustrating enough.


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what were you using for a protractor before the mint?

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I borrowed a Feickert from dr. joe. The Feickert is still useful to set the pivot to spindle distance, but the Mint LP makes for noticeably better alignment. It's the parallax effect of the lines in the mirror that ensures the cantilever can be perfectly aligned.

It's also the fact that the spindle hole is bored to fit the actual TT spindle.


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You beat me to the punch last night. It's too bad you decided to keep it. I was hoping to try the koetsu combo. If you change your mind let me know. Btw, a friend just bought the mint protector and has waxed poetic about it. Now it's on my short list.


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