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In Reply to: RE: A waste of money... posted by John Elison on August 03, 2017 at 10:43:53
Like you, for me it would be a waste of money. Actually, it would be fiscally irresponsible for me.
But, for the guy lucky enough to be able to throw that kind of money around and derive happiness from throwing that kind of money around ...its not a waste for him.
And there is always the chance that guy will think it sounds great.
For the folks with $100,000+ invested in their table, what's another $12,000? Chump change.
You can't hang a $1K cartridge on the end of the arm mounted on a $100K+ table.
High-end makers need statement pieces ...to, uh, make them look high-end.
Whether they sell many is probably not a concern.
reelsmith's axiom: Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.
I remember when VPI 1st demonstrated their 3D printed arm. They put a cheap Grado on one next to a $4000 cart, and left several reviewers unable to justify the more expensive spread.
I can't afford more than $1000 on a consumable like a cart. So I invested in a Prime to get that 3D arm. I've heard it with a Quintet Black, a Cadenza Red and a DV 20 with a Soundsmith Ruby Re-tip. I got the best sound out of a cart many have never heard of, the Charisma MC1. I'll be re-tipping it until the cows come home. I don't feel the need to spend more.
I listened to a Magico system where the cables cost more than my entire rig, and found it only sounded marginally better than mine. the high end of the high endis just insane.
Do you have maybe a pic of or a link to that 3-D printed arm?
Do you know how to look up VPI's website?
"You can't hang a $1K cartridge on the end of the arm mounted on a $100K+ table."
I'm not sure he would agree with this statement if you read his comments in his response to an earlier post of mine. But I'm sure he can speak for himself.
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