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In Reply to: RE: No offense intended but who has a spare $15,000 for ... posted by spindoctor on July 07, 2017 at 14:20:21
I just bought one. Still in the box. I got a deal that I could not refuse.
There's no accounting for taste Lew, I have the Atlas, Etna SL, Koetsu RSP as well a box full of others I've forgotten about.
I think in the correct circumstances it is a fabulous cartridge.
Those others that you name ARE good. I heard the Goldfinger in a Walker Audio Proscenium on a big bucks system. I thought it was shrill and clinical sounding, but that' s just me.
That's most certainly not my recollection of hearing it on the Statement at Sea Cliff many moons ago!
I agree with you about the Goldfinger's sound and heard a similar character from a Clearaudio Titanium v2.
I did not hear this character from the superb ZYX Universe Premium, which is the best cartridge I have heard.
VPI Aries 3, Kuzma 4-Point, Pass XP-25
Great minds think alike
I have not heard the latest universe but I do love the original version
I never before noticed how much the vpi resembles an L07D in form.
That IS a TNT I think.
We have 4 of these in our group plus mine and I don't share your observations on this cartridge.
Verdier, TW acoustic, Kuzma, Micro Seiki, Brinkmann with various top flight arms have shared this cartridge.
That's what makes the hobby interesting. Enjoy your choices and the music. Cheers.
There's no accounting for (my) taste I guess.
Perhaps my use of "shrill" was hyperbolic.
But I was not enthralled either.
I'm surprised that you you found the Walker/Goldfinger combo to be less than spectacular. A friend of mine has that combo and shrill and clinical it is not. You might appreciate that he also runs that through an AtmaSphere preamp and amp combo to some horns.
marc g. - audiophile by day, music lover by night
I try not to make declarations like I just did do. My point really was that $ are not a sure path to nirvana. However I really didn't care much for the goldfinger and I don't blame the proscenium
Just an opinion
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