New Crimson. Great cartridge and an excellent performer. Energetic but delivers delicacy when required. Powerful bass. Wonderful textures. Strong output places much less demands on the phonostage. Even lower end phonostages let the Crimson thrive.
One of the few cartridges that has a VERY reasonable stylus replacement cost if the "cleaning lady" should strike:)
I firmly believe the Crimson offers the BEST values or "bang for the buck" of any new cartridge today.
Per a request, I added a few pictures of some of my v. d. Hul cartridge inventory. I have even more that didn't get a picture. Different Colibri after Colibri and even a new good ole' Frog!
I was a dealer for the US distributor before AJ pulled the franchise from him and gave it to VPI.
Since I was and still am a big fan of these carts, I ordered a boatload of them. As the pictures show I still have a few and will offer them at basically cost.
THE CRIMSON version XGW: Koa wood body
stylus replacement stylus replacement and services available at very reasonable cost
stylus shape VDH 1S stylus radii 2 x 85 Micron frequency range 5 – 55.000 Hz tracking force 1,4 – 1,6 Gr static compliance 35 Micron/mN tracking ability 70 – 80 Micron output voltage 0,65mV channel unbalance < 0.3 dB channel separation > 36 / > 30 dB stylus tip mass 0.32 Milligram system weight 8,75 Gr load capacitance Non critical load impedance 25 Ohm – 200 Ohm eff tone arm mass 10 – 16 Gr moving coil resistance13,0 Ohm
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