I'm selling some of my classic Grado moving iron cartridges that I have have been saving over the years. None have been mounted but I've never had any issues with stored cartridges I've bought in the last 30+ years. I included pictures to show the channels are not open so this is my best ability to illustrate its condition. This F-2+ has what appears to be excellent balance between channels based on resistance readings. What you see in the pictures is what is included, i.e. the box and cartridge as it is mounted in the box. The picture showing the other cartridges and stylus's are some of the other Grado pieces I'm planning to list so to clarify, this listing is for the F-2+ specifically.
My attraction to Grado came in 1979 when I bought an F-1+ at Sound Associates. I not only still have that cartridge,it is mounted and used as one of my daily cartridges. I also later sold Grado during the time of this classic series. I've tried the Prestige series that have come since Joe Grado passed the business on to his nephew and although they seem fine overall I would always seek out the classic fluxbridger series and prefer them. These were Joe Grado's premier pieces before the Signatures, References, and Statements that have arrived since his departure. I feel they embed Mr. Grado's finest work and most mature and musical expression. Unlike the Prestige series, which is now considered entry-level, you'll find the F-2+ and other Grados I'll list to have nude mounted, through the shank styli, unlike the glued-on bush-mounted diamonds used in the Prestige series. A Grado Black sells for ~ $75, so there's an idea of what you'll get in a Grado today and what seeking out a classic will bring you. I'm still using my F-1+ and have my back-up original replacement styli for it including another NOS and G-2+/S styli for upgraded performance when I choose, so having the remainder of my extra Grados is really more about collecting than needing, so I've decided to let them go at this time. I really enjoy the sound of moving iron type cartridges and had the best of Empires (2000/III and 4000/III) Pickerings (XV-15 1200/E and D-1800 stylus) as well. I've sold all of those and now am quite content with my current F-1+ and the backups I have for it. After 40+ years of doing this, I think I've finally decided what brings me contentment and can finally not feel the need to hoard any longer :-)
Shipping will be by USPS Priority mail and prepared to arrive safely, otherwise there are no returns due to the vintage and delicate nature of the component. If you have any questions feel free to ask. Thank you for looking :-)
- Output: 3mV
- Frequency Response: 10-60,000Hz
- Input Load: 10,000 ohms or more
- Inductance: 55Mh
- DC Resistance: 700 ohms (I measured 665 left ch & 667 right ch)
- Stylus: .6 x .3 elliptical
- Per Grado spec sheet, the F2+, F1+ and G1+ use a special Grado stylus.