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 Post subject: Oh No I broke my Benz
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:14 pm 
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As the heading says I did the ultimate mistake in my music room. You all know about the broken stylus scenario. In this case the expensive cantilever/stylus not only broke off of my Glider but also stuck in my thumb. Anyways time for a new one. I loved the benz and can take advantage of their exchange program or look elsewhere. I am considering an Ortofon Komptrapunkt C which is lightly used on CAM from a dealer as well. I cannot audition it so wondering if any members have heard it. I am using a tube system and listen to Mark Knopfler to Bruce Cockburn and everything in between. Open to suggestions


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:39 pm 
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When I broke mine a few years ago, I took advantage of the trade in. Got a decent discount on the new cartridge, and the new one had the improved stylus (Microridge) which tracks sibilance much better. I really like Gliders, and think those as well as the Ace are amazing cartridges at their price points.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:32 am 
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The Kontrapunkt C is the Fritz Geiger version of the A. Aluminum cantilever on both. I sold many Kon. A's back in the day when I used to be an Ortofon dealer. Excellent cartridges with fantastic separation and great tonal balance. The C should easily outperform the Glider. Buy with confidence from the dealer that has the C listed. He is excellent and very trustworthy. The Kon. C is 4g heavier than the Glider and less compliant. What version of the Glider do you have and what arm are you planning to mount it on?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:15 am 
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I broke my Dodge.


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The Hana SL is very nice for half the price.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:55 am 
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The Glider is the original medium output model from the mid 90s. I bought it only recently from a friend who bought it New and used it sparingly on a second arm on his Nottingham table. It has been mounted on a new Mitchell Technoarm A which is a highly modified Rega RB250. I liked the slightly warm sound of the Glider as well as the quietness and deep soundstage.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:04 pm 
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As the heading says I did the ultimate mistake in my music room. You all know about the broken stylus scenario. In this case the expensive cantilever/stylus not only broke off of my Glider but also stuck in my thumb. Anyways time for a new one. I loved the benz and can take advantage of their exchange program or look elsewhere. I am considering an Ortofon Komptrapunkt C which is lightly used on CAM from a dealer as well. I cannot audition it so wondering if any members have heard it. I am using a tube system and listen to Mark Knopfler to Bruce Cockburn and everything in between. Open to suggestions

I once had a Kontrapunct B, and have a Glider H2 and 2 other Benzes. I'm not sure the term warm can be applied to any Ortofon. If warm is what you like, stay with the Glider....have Benz retip it or get another.

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Soundsmith down in the States does excellent rebuilds. I have used their rebuild service and am very pleased. They only ship back through the USPS so you don't get dinged with outrageous ups, FedEx fee's.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:48 pm 
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@OP, sorry to hear of your accident.

I have had Benz retip a cart. It took a long time, partly because the package was lost in the mail for a while, on the return trip. Apart from that, IIRC to get the retip I had to go through a dealer, who sent the cart to the distributor, and the distributor normally waited until they had a few ready to ship, rather than sending them one by one. They may be doing things differently now, I don't know.

Soundsmith later retipped two carts for me. They were great with communications. There was a wait because of a backlog of work, but when my turn came things went quite fast.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:59 pm 
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So what comes between Bruce Cockburn and Mark Knopfler?


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