FAQ

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Can I use your shell-cartridge combination on my (“X” brand) tonearm?

Q2. Does your shell fit on my (“X” brand) headshell?

Q3. How much does your shell weight?

Q4. Can I use your shell with other brand/model cartridges?

Q5. How do I modify my stock DL-103 or DL-103R to fit in your shell?

Q6. How do I install my DL-103 or DL-103R in your shell?

Q7. What is the use of having 10 threaded holes on the MusiKraft shell cover?

Q8. Should I wait to buy additional wood insert sets?

Q9. How do I change the wood inserts for going from one species to another?

Q10. How much torque should I apply on the three (3) micro-tuning screws?

Q11. What will affect putting more or less tension on the micro-screws?

Q12. Do you offer other wood species or finish not mentioned on your website as I would like to personalize the shell to my taste?

Q13. Can I run the shell nude (without wood inserts)?

 

 


Q1. Can I use your shell-cartridge combination on my (“X” brand) tonearm?
A. You will first need to know your tonearm specifications. We recommend medium to high mass tonearms. So far we have tested them on SME 3009, SME 3012, Rega RB 300 and they are perfectly compatible with these arms. However, on Rega arms, we recommend a heavier counterweight for maximum flexibility for the VTF adjustment. As of VTA, our shell's height with an installed cartridge is 0.7" /17.7 mm from shell top to diamond tip (measured free air)

Q2. Does your shell fit on my (“X” brand) headshell?
A. We designed MusiKraft shells to fit on standard 1/2" headshell mounts. The MusiKraft shell top is flat and measures (LxW) 0.945" x 0.708" / 24mm x 18mm.

Q3. How much does your shell weight?
A. Depending on which wood option selected and once combined with the DL-103 / 103R our shell kit weigh varies as follows:

Aluminum
Nude: 11.4g
W / wood inserts: 11.7g (min.) – 12.1g (max.)

Aluminum-lithium
Nude: 11.2g
W / wood inserts: 11.5g (min.) – 11.9g (max.)

Magnesium
Nude: 10.0g
W / wood inserts: 10.3g (min.) – 10.8g (max.)

To answer this question more precisely, refer to the specific shell product page. The total weight is the addition of three (3) components (shell + wood species + modified cartridge). Added wood finish mass is negligible and we will not consider it here. Standard weight for a modified (nude) Denon cartridge is 7.25 grams.

Example; if you choose the MusiKraft S-Mg103-COCO magnesium shell with the red cedar inserts, the following implies:

  • S-Mg103-COCO = 2.79g
  • Red cedar wood inserts = 0.32g
  • DL-103 cartridge = 7.25g


Total weight of new MusiKraft cartridge = 2.79g + 0.32g + 7.25g = 10.36 grams


Q4. Can I use your shell with other brand/model cartridges?
A. No, the MusiKraft shells have specifically been designed for the Denon DL-103 and DL-103R phono cartridges.

Q5. How do I modify my stock DL-103 or DL-103R to fit in your shell?
A. If you decide to go ahead with the change by yourself, many videos are already available on the internet. “Google search” and “YouTube” are great places to start, do a search using these keywords: ''Denon DL-103 Modification Tutorial''. Of course, take great care if you DIY, it is a risky and delicate job to remove the plastic housing as force is involved with a sharp knife, use of applied force as well. Be careful not to use metallic tools close to the magnet as you can damage many fragile parts. We strongly recommend that you send us your cartridge and let us service it for a small extra fee.

Q6. How do I install my DL-103 or DL-103R in your shell?
A. Installing the cart into the shell is fairly easy as it is only a matter of sliding the cartridge into it and fastening the cover with the supplied screws. Doing this takes a minute. For visibility, we recommend laying down a white paper sheet on a flat work surface:

  1. Unscrew the cover from base, lay base upside down on your flat work surface
  2. Lay also beside it, your modified cartridge upside down
  3. Make sure the three (3) fine-tuning screws are not protruding from the inside
  4. Slide-in the cartridge
  5. Flip slowly sideways the combined cart and shell
  6. Insert cover in guide pins and install screws.

You will find video supported help in our "instructions" page.


Q7. What is the use of having 10 threaded holes on the MusiKraft shell cover?
A. This feature adds convenience for tonearm effective length adjustment and/or overhang.

Q8. Should I wait to buy additional wood insert sets?
A. We suggest buying the extra wood insert sets at shell's date purchase as we can precisely machine them to your specific shell. Even though our shells are machined to very tight tolerance (± 0.001"), there may be slight differences in the insert openings depending on batch.

Q9. How do I change the wood inserts for going from one species to another?
A. To carefully change these, first, it's necessary to remove the cartridge. The inserts are held in place by pressure and are tight fitted from the factory (there is no adhesive involved). Use the provided wooden pushrod tool sent with your shell kit. With the tool, exert pressure on the rear side edge of the insert and it will slip out. Installing a new set is somewhat different. Not to damage the visible face we rather recommend using your fingers to push them back in. Insert them parallel to the surface. MusiKraft shells have built-in rear tabs as depth limiter, push them back in until they sit well. We machine all inserts to an exact 2mm thick. You will find video supported help in our "instructions" page.

 

Q10. How much torque should I apply on the three (3) micro-tuning screws?
A. It is important to mention that the purpose of these micro-screws is only for “audio tuning”, NOT for fastening the cartridge. As of torque, use common sense! A cartridge, as we all know, is extremely fragile, so care should be exerted in NOT applying too much torque on the screws. In fact, once in contact with the cart, no more than a quarter (1/4) is required for the rear lateral screws and no more than an eight (1/8) turn is necessary on the front one. You will find video supported help in our "instructions" page.

Q11. What will affect putting more or less tension on the micro-screws?
A. We are currently working on a sound charter and it will soon be available. We suggest to try these three (3) settings;

  1. without tension
  2. slight contact
  3. with tension

Note that the front screw will provide a different effect from the rear lateral ones, though during your explorations do not hesitate to alternate between these.


Q12. Do you offer other wood species or finish not mentioned on your website as I would like to personalize the shell to my taste?
A. Yes, it will be a pleasure for us to look into your needs and check the feasibility. However, as this would be a custom order, there would be an extra charge and involves a few weeks of manufacturing delay.

 

Q13. Can I run the shell nude (without wood inserts)?

A. For the purist, yes absolutely but this will affect the sound considerably.

If any more question arises, please feel free to contact us.

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