Stylus Retipping Service (phono cartridge) - specialist from Russia, Moscow

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by rgu2002, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    Hello everybody!
    My name is Roman, I'm from Moscow (Russia) and I specialize in retipping of phono cartridges.
    There is not so many specialists or companies around the world who can do this...
    I know only "SoundSmith", Alex (from Germany) and Van Den Hul.
    For the last years I have re-tipped a lot of cartridges and my clients was satisfied.
    It was low cost cartridges (Denon 103 for example) and high cost cartridges (Van Den Hul, Linn, Koetsu etc.)
    Please, look at my works.
    What do you think about it?
    Any comments and advices will be welcome!

    Best regards,
    Roman
     
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  2. MrRom92

    MrRom92 Forum Supermodel

    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    I personally would love to see some of the photos that were posted here and learn more about the process. It's interesting, and one more person in the world who can take on this very specialized work is a good thing for all of us. I didn't interpret the original post as something intended to solicit customers but rather to introduce himself and discuss the practice.
     
  3. MrRom92

    MrRom92 Forum Supermodel

    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Good luck bud, it's a great forum to be at for anyone who loves music and audio so hopefully they'll grant your account further posting privileges soon. My best suggestion is to interact more and post, I think once you hit maybe 25-50 posts there may not be an issue anymore. Since you know a lot about hardware, just add your opinion to the various ongoing discussions elsewhere on the hardware subforum :cheers:
     
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  4. chromium

    chromium Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Belgium
    I agree, share your knowledge. You probably have seen and handled more styluses than most people on the forum. Which ones you do like and why ? Which ones do you feel are overpriced and tend to wear out to quickly, which ones offer best bang for the buck etc. I'm sure you can get a very nice conversation going if you give your specialist view on popular and not so popular brands.

    Good luck :righton:
     
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  5. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    My favorite stylus - gold plated boron cantilever with "MicroLine" shape diamond from Audio Technica ATN-150MLX. Outstanding quality! This is my favorite one, but very expensive as a spare part for retipping service. And Audio Technica just stoped to produce boron cantilevers about year ago (and Jico did the same with their boron S.A.S. cantilevers), so those gold plated "MicroLine" cantilevers is almost out of stock around the world or price is very high. My second favorite - Jico S.A.S. (Super Analog Stylus) made in Japan. "S.A.S." shape of the diamond is the same as "MicroLine" (sometimes you can see titles as MicroRidge, MicroLinear). But since Jico stoped dealing with boron material, they replaced it with sapphire and ruby. Its also outstanding quality materials. And my third favorite - Audio Technica ATN-440MLX, aluminum cantilever with "MicroLine" shape diamond. Still can be found for sale and price is acceptable. Audio Technica right now producing a lot of styluses with "Shibata" and "LineContact" shape diamonds on aluminum cantilevers and its still possible to find some other boron cantilevers from old Audio Technica cartridges.
     
  6. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    I hope tomorrow I will be able to finally upload some pictures for all of you (my best works). Right now I'm working on Denon 304 and EMT JSD 6.

    I bought EMT just for $166, that was my "deal of the year"!

    Even original cantilever/stylus didn't get lost!

    I've heard that EMT JSD 6 is a very very good sounding cartridge! Cant wait to repair it.
     
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  7. timztunz

    timztunz "A Dreamer, but I'm not the only one."

    Location:
    Texas and Brasil
    Good luck here. I do have to give a shout out to the Gorts however for being on the job and attempting to keep out the riff raff. Not saying you are at all, but hope you can respect the concept. This is a GREAT place, mostly nonviolent and we just want it to stay that way.
     
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  8. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    I am quite excited about this thread! Love to see your work. I always admire a true craftsman
     
  9. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    Alright, do not judge me strictly :)
    I'm uploading some picture (dont know if it's going to be deleted this time or not...)
    But here is some examples of my work (16 examples for today, but I did much more of course) :

    Van Den Hul - The Crimson XGW
    Stylus - ATN-150MLX
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    Grado - Reference 1
    Stylus - boron Nagaoka
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  10. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    Linn - Troika
    Stylus - Vital Fine Line (from Grado Legacy)
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    Grado - Reference Sonata
    Stylus - ATN-440MLX
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  11. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    Yamaha - MC-1X
    Stylus - boron SONY
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    Goldring - Legacy
    Stylus - ATN-150MLX
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  12. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    Excel - C3 MK2
    Stylus - no iformation
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    Technics EPC-310MC
    Stylus - ATN-95E
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  13. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    Technics EPC-310MC
    Stylus - Jico SAS
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    Sumiko - Blue Point Special Evo III
    Stylus - ATN-95EX
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  14. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    ClearAudio - Essence
    Stylus - ATN-150MLX
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    Denon - 103M
    Stylus - ATN-95E
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  15. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    wow!! you are a vert talented young man; well done
     
  16. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    Koetsu - Rosewood
    Stylus - ATN-440MLX
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    Benz Micro - Ace SH
    Stylus - ATN-440MLX
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  17. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    more wow!!!
     
  18. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    HighPhonic - MC-A3
    Stylus - ATN-440MLX
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    Denon - 103R
    Stylus - ATN-95E
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  19. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    Thank a lot buddy! :)
    By the way, I'm 35 years old.
     
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  20. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    whoops!!!! Very is the word i was looking for! Must get better glasses:wiggle:
     
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  21. Gibsonian

    Gibsonian Forum Resident

    Location:
    Iowa, USA
    Sure looks like quality work there. I'm guessing that work takes two steady hands and great optics!
     
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  22. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    Thanks a lot!
    You are right, I've got a good eyesight and steady hands.
    And as a rule - to each cartridge an individual approach in repair!
     
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  23. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    My principle of work is to repair not only qualitatively, but also beautifully (without gap, glue, uneven seam etc.)
    Sometimes even there are no signs of repair at all.
    Always doing my work as if I'm doing it for myself.
     
  24. MrRom92

    MrRom92 Forum Supermodel

    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Amazing work! Definitely no steady hands for me. I'd never be able to pull this off. How do you source the cantilevers/styli?
     
  25. rgu2002

    rgu2002 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Moscow
    Thank you! :)
    I'm glad to hear all of your opinions!
    You mean - where do I get the cantilevers for repair?
     
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