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I specialize in phono cartridge upgrades.
Note: I can do repairs, but why pay the cost of the repair, when for only a few dollars more, you can enjoy the benefits of an upgrade?
I’m upgrading my system; what should I upgrade first? For vinyl lovers, consider the cartridge first
The phono cartridge resides at the front of the audio chain. The rest of the system amplifies what is picked up by the cartridge, so the better the sound coming out of the cartridge, the better the system sounds.

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I love answering questions and no question is too basic. I’ve been in audio forever and have seen and done everything, so please drop me an email.

Phono cartridges can be upgraded by simply upgrading components, but the results may not be good. The phono cartridge is a system. The stylus, cantilever, and moving coil/magnet interact with one another and selecting the right mix of components must be done through trial and error by someone with a trained ear. Experience matters.

The Upgrade Process

  1. Email or call for a quote. With the vast number of different cartridges, each has specific upgrade paths, so each must be quoted separately. Provide the manufacturer and model of the phono cartridge and what needs repair or if it is an upgrade.
  2. Place an order using <order process>… Mail the phono cartridge to 1169 Souza Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA, 95762
  3. Turnaround time through the repair/upgrade process is usually 1-2 days plus shipping time.
  4. The phono cartridge will be mailed back to the owner.

Body Modification (Denon)


In a phono cartridge, the best body is “no body”. The purpose of a body is to protect the internal generator rather than tuning the sound, which is a common misconception. An aftermarket body acts as an equalizer, altering the original signal from a generator. A true audiophile doesn’t use an equalizer in the signal path. Denon cartridges can be improved by opening its body partially so that the resonating waves inside the enclosed body can escape. This method is superior to adding an aftermarket body as it is free and doesn’t add mass to the existing cartridge weight (In fact it decreases the total weight and improves sound). Body modification is complimentary with the stylus upgrade service.”

I love answering questions and no question is too basic. I’ve been in audio forever and have seen and done everything, so please drop me an email.

Phono cartridges can be upgraded by simply upgrading components, but the results may not be good. The phono cartridge is a system. The stylus, cantilever, and moving coil/magnet interact with one another and selecting the right mix of components must be done through trial and error by someone with a trained ear. Experience matters.

The Upgrade Process

  1. Email or call for a quote. With the vast number of different cartridges, each has specific upgrade paths, so each must be quoted separately. Provide the manufacturer and model of the phono cartridge and what needs repair or if it is an upgrade.
  2. Place an order using <order process>… Mail the phono cartridge to 1169 Souza Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA, 95762
  3. Turnaround time through the repair/upgrade process is usually 1-2 days plus shipping time.
  4. The phono cartridge will be mailed back to the owner.
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