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RE: XX2 MkII Dynavector or Soundsmith rebuild?

Here's what I wrote in another thread when someone presumed that I was saying that a SoundSmith rebuilt XX-2 MkII sounded like a stock Dyna XX-2:

"I have a buddy who is a former Dynavector dealer has heard my rebuilt XX-2 and he didn't note any major difference between my rebuilt ones and other stock XX-2s he has seen. Though sure a direct A/B would likely reveal some differences (especially since the SS rebuild uses a ruby and not boron cantilever), based on my friend's impresssions I still feel confident that my cart has the predominant Dyna character. And I'd wager good money that it sounds better than a 20X2L or 17D3, which are closer in price to what I paid."

I did the $250 rebuild (thinking that I would have something to look forward to with the $350 rebuild down the road). So not his top of the line Optimized Contour Nude Contact Line Diamond. What I have sounds fabulous, but I don't have other carts in its league to compare it to.

$650 or $750 is a pretty large savings, and being a man on a budget, that's what I would recommend. Especially since you can get a new XX-2 MkII from 2juki on eBay for $1230 shipped.

But I would also second the advice that you give Peter at SoundSmith a call. He is fabulous to work with. There is a wait for these rebuilds, but SS is upfront about it and otherwise has fabulous service.


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