Guy – got the cartridge today. Installed. Listened for a couple of minutes. That’s all I needed to confirm I made the right choice – this thing is awesome!!!
…a week later:
Hi, Guy. Hope all is well.
First of all – I’m absolutely thrilled with the new cartridge. It is really breathing new life into my vintage system. I can’t describe how much better everything sounds. Awesome!
Your attention to quality is obvious, as is the attention to performance and value. Your exemplary communication and personal customer support are the icings on the cake. Well done!!
My Soundsmith Zephyr III cartridge, which cost considerably more ($1499) than my new Musikraft (and sounds lifeless in comparison), has been relegated to the DP47F, which I use to play older, poorer condition, poorer recorded records – like the old K-Tel “original artists” compilations.
…It is getting increasingly rare these days to find a product and company that combines outstanding performance, quality, customer service, and value. I hope you have great success!
I’m using a 100% stock SME 309 tonearm including their stock removable headshell. I’ve set the tracking force at 2.6-gms. It’s mounted on a Transrotor Fat Bob-S turntable with Transrotor Magnetic Drive (TMD) bearing and their ‘Konstant Reference’ power supply. It’s never sounded this good.
P.S. Should have also mentioned that your First (Mg) DL-103R cartridge renders much quieter backgrounds than the Ortofon Quintet Black. Surface noise, ticks & pops, etc. are noticeably reduced.
I’m very happy with the results; my vinyl sounds better than ever. I experimented with and without the wood inserts and decided the wood smoothed the sound and just seemed a bit more natural. I may experiment with treating the inserts further down the line.
In theory, the Alphason is supposed to suit higher compliance cartridges but the combination works really well for me – perhaps the ultra-stiff titanium arm makes a difference?
Thanks for an exceptional product and friendly service.
I thought you might like to hear how things are with the Musikraft headshell. You can read, below (previous email), that I had a few problems. I think, now, that I needed to wait a bit longer before giving an opinion. After using the Denon 103 for maybe 70 hours, there have been changes for the better. The DL103 is mounted In an aluminum Musikraft body, fitted to a Yamamoto ebony headshell, on an Ikeda IT CR 407 tonearm. My turntable Is a Merrill Williams 101.2 mounted on a Townshend ‘seismic platform’. The 103, tracking at 2.7g and about 1.5g side thrust, plays the 70 micro g band on my Ortofon test record without so much as a hint of mistracking! The Denon 103 Is connected to my Tom Evans ‘Mastergroove’ phono stage which Isn’t at all shy about letting you know If your cartridge is set up properly!
A $250 pick-up mounted in a $7,000 arm, connected to a $18,000 phono stage, might seem bizarre but not when you hear It. My favorite game is asking listeners to guess the cost of the pickup. They see that I have Ikeda ‘Kai’ ($8,500) and an Audio Note ‘IO gold’ (7,000€) pick-ups, on a shelf beside my turntable and assume that they are listening to something of a similar price. They refuse to believe that what they are hearing is coming from a lowly old fashioned 1960s Denon with a round tip!
I can’t recommend your Musikraft body enough. My only remaining complaint is the lack of a stylus guard but I see you are now offering one of them too. Et Voila!
Best Regards Kevin M.
I look forward to getting the shell and start experimenting with it… received the package from you the other day. It even looks better than on the pictures I have seen. Thank you:-) …The videos are very useful, I will examine them thoroughly.
I have just received the shell and extra insert! It just simply looks beautiful. It’s really amazing and just makes you happy just looking at it. Again, thank you so much for the outstanding service and the purchase. Will recommend all my hifi-friends to visit your webshop.
Just a few words…Your Service and your passion is remarkable
Just to let you know (I’m slow) that I finally got my musikraft denon up and running. With no wood inserts and some adj. sound is very dynamic but a little aggressive but with the wood and no adj a bit too warm. With adj of pressure screws, it’s sounding very nice. As good but different as my Sumiko Celebration (US $2,799,) in some ways like richness of tone (rosewood) perhaps better. Running on a Sota Nova with Fidelity Research fx 64 tonearm. Thought you might like the feedback.
AND, the tiny machining and precision of these shells are utterly unreal.
Guy, the cart sounds amazing so far. It is truly a masterpiece!