Ortofon 2M line on Massdrop

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by loki7177, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. loki7177

    loki7177 Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    Looks like pretty good pricing if anyone is interested. I have the blue and might want to pick up the bronze.
     
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  2. DangerousKitchen

    DangerousKitchen Up in TO, keepin jive alive

    Red (base price)$85
    Blue (+ $95), Bronze (+ $265), or Black (+ $365)
     
  3. allied333

    allied333 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Fenton, MI
    Massdrop appears to require an account with them to order items.
     
  4. allied333

    allied333 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Fenton, MI
    Stylus or cartridges pricing?
     
  5. octaneTom

    octaneTom Man of Leisure

    Location:
    Detroit-ish
    I've ordered in the past without linking to a Facebook account.
     
  6. loki7177

    loki7177 Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    Cartridge. It is a free account. I have ordered many things from them.
     
  7. DangerousKitchen

    DangerousKitchen Up in TO, keepin jive alive

    You can also just log in with your google/gmail.
     
  8. Dennis0675

    Dennis0675 Burnout from the smoke pit

    Location:
    Ohio
    A Black for $450 is a great deal.
     
  9. BIGGER Dave

    BIGGER Dave Forum Resident

    I actually participated in the Massdrop voting for the 2M Black. Curious why I didn't get an email stating the drop is now active. Anyway, these prices even beat most pricing from "that popular German eBay store".

    Pricing is as follows:
    * RED - $84.99
    * BLUE - $179.99
    * BRONZE - $349.99
    * BLACK - $449.99

    Here are the prices these cartridges normally sell for from most USA online stores:
    * RED - $100
    * BLUE - $236
    * BRONZE - $440
    * BLACK - $755

    And here are the discounts offered by Massdrop when compared to most USA online prices. The BLACK has the greatest discount by percentage and dollar amount:
    * RED - 15% Off (save $15.01)
    * BLUE - 23.7% Off (save $56.01)
    * BRONZE - 20.5% Off (save $90.01)
    * BLACK - 40.4% Off (save $305.01 !!!)
     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2018
  10. loki7177

    loki7177 Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    That is why I got the black. Was going to get the bronze but for $100 more and 40% off that is just too good to pass up.
     
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  11. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    If I was in the States I'd grab a Bronze or a Black at those prices.
     
  12. Mrtn77

    Mrtn77 Forum Resident

    Location:
    European Union
    If Ortofon carts aren't available at these prices in the UK, you should check out mainland Europe stores. I picked up a Bronze from a French store called Cobra for 270 euros (326 pounds / 330 US dollars in today's money) a year ago.
     
  13. DangerousKitchen

    DangerousKitchen Up in TO, keepin jive alive

    Massdrop.ca is no longer attractive in Canada with the US to CDN dollar conversion along with shipping which is now UPS($$$) instead of USPS($) and UPS always gouge for customs & duties.
     
  14. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    I agree that you can find good savings in Europe, but at current exchange rates the Black on Massdrop is £321, that's at least £100 better than any European price and below Bronze pricing.
     
  15. Mrtn77

    Mrtn77 Forum Resident

    Location:
    European Union
    But is the Massdrop deal still appealing to Europeans after conversion, shipping costs and import taxes (if any, don't know if they apply to Europan products shipped from the US) ?
    This isn't a rhetorical question, as I haven't looked into it, but as far as I can tell, I got a better deal on my Bronze from my French store than I would from Massdrop.
     
  16. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    No, the shipping and added VAT kills the deal, but if Massdrop could sort out UK/European based distribution for their deals I'd likely be buying quite a few things from them, mostly those made in Europe.
     
  17. Davey

    Davey define a transparent dream

    Location:
    SF Bay Area, USA
    But it looks like 339 euros now at Cobra ... ORTOFON 2M BRONZE - Cellules / Diamants - cobra.fr ... so 270 was a pretty nice deal.
     
  18. Gasman1003

    Gasman1003 "The Thinking Man's Drinking Man"

    Location:
    Liverpool UK
    Yes it is -£475-495 over here (665 - 690 USD)

    I have just replaced the stylus on my 2M Black - cheapest I could fine was £342 (480 USD)

    It's a wonderful cartridge.
     
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  19. DangerousKitchen

    DangerousKitchen Up in TO, keepin jive alive

    2 things:
    1/ Probably not or not by much. I would save about $100 off list or roughly L50 in your currency.
    2/ I recall (as someone who has been pricing Ortofon 2M Black for a couple years) that their prices did go up a year or so back so you might see a higher price now at your French shop as well.

    On a separate note, I have an Ortofon Black on it's way to me now from a local source. My feelings are you might do as good or better with a discount from an agreeable brick & mortar.
     
  20. Dennis0675

    Dennis0675 Burnout from the smoke pit

    Location:
    Ohio
    You did good. A stylus replacement goes for about $575 on a Black over here.
     
  21. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto
    True, but you can also do what I do and get an account with a warehouse near the border, have it shipped there, cross the border to pick it up, and go back home. You just pay the 13% taxes on the converted amount of your bill. Just make sure you print the bill and have an active valid passport with you.

    I do that and swing by every few months to pick up a huge stash of stuff. I save a ridiculous amount every time, instead of bleeding cash for greedy carriers.
     
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  22. Gasman1003

    Gasman1003 "The Thinking Man's Drinking Man"

    Location:
    Liverpool UK
    :yikes:

    However, definitely worth it.

    The more typical price is £370 (518USD)
     
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  23. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto
    @mike catucci Might want to pick an extra up if you plan on sticking with the Black. Great price!
     
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  24. Dennis0675

    Dennis0675 Burnout from the smoke pit

    Location:
    Ohio
    If you're not spending $2,000 on a cart you're really not taking this very seriously at all.
     
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  25. Gasman1003

    Gasman1003 "The Thinking Man's Drinking Man"

    Location:
    Liverpool UK
    Will you behave, I've told you before!!

    ( Oh, and those speakers have been reduced by another £300 :help: )
     
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