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    Mounted this baby yesterday on our Kuzma





    Koetsu Onyx Platinum

    There are quiet trackers and then there is this cartridge. Amazingly quiet. The sound? It’s so musical and engaging.


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    Re: Mounted this baby yesterday on our Kuzma

    Wow, that is a serious looking cartridge! I bet it sounds amazing.

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    Re: Mounted this baby yesterday on our Kuzma

    Nice, artwork that sings to you, what's not to like !!!
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    Nice, artwork that sings to you, what's not to like !!!
    Perhaps the price may cause a bit of a hesitation given the fragile nature of such devices?
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    Re: Mounted this baby yesterday on our Kuzma

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    what's not to like !!!
    Price.... $10,995.00 for a cartridge.
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    Re: Mounted this baby yesterday on our Kuzma

    Randy, it's only money, they print that shit every day !
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    Randy, it's only money, they print that shit every day !
    Sure, that's why $10,995 will be the price of an "entry level" cartridge in a few more decades.
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    Re: Mounted this baby yesterday on our Kuzma

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    Price.... $10,995.00 for a cartridge.
    Cant buy a decent use car with that so its a deal ...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    Randy, it's only money, they print that shit every day !
    Hehe Dave... it's only money.... hmmm, how about I send the bill for a new amp to you ... I promise it will only be a basic model, like an introductory McIntosh.... I mean... what the hell it's only money ...
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    Re: Mounted this baby yesterday on our Kuzma

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    Hehe Dave... it's only money.... hmmm, how about I send the bill for a new amp to you ... I promise it will only be a basic model, like an introductory McIntosh.... I mean... what the hell it's only money ...
    not a problem, so long as you understand I pay in 'Monopoly money' !
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    So here comes the price tag haters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    not a problem, so long as you understand I pay in 'Monopoly money' !
    That's no different to FIAT currency we call dollars... In fact, your word and Monopoly money may actually be more honest than a government that prints, controls as well as sets policies that ultimately debases the currency through the "hidden tax" called inflation so they can service/pay off their debt. Well, the one part is working (inflation), the other... eh... not so much. 29 Trillion $ debt and climbing to the moon! In my line of work/businesses, I've encountered way too many senior citizens that did not prepare well for their golden years and savings for retirement. Hard working people.. sad.
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    Koetsu is for connoisseurs. Like it, Mike.


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    Do people have such short attention spans that they need to go off on ridiculous tangents? Jeez. If you think it is too expensive or it isn’t worth the cost to you just move on. You don’t have to post about it.

    The cartridge looks great. Looking forward to listening impressions and comparisons.
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    The end result is harmonious and cohesive, and the music unfolds in a way that gives you more time to listen – more time to unravel the individual strands that form part of the whole." Hi-Fi+

    “… the Koetsu endured in delivering boatloads of color and texture, yet at the same time I’ve never heard a cartridge with greater, clearer pitch certainty on even the lowest bass notes ... All in all, the Koetsu Onyx Platinum communicated color, texture, touch, and musical nuance to an extent and in a combination that I’d never before heard ...”
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    I'd say buy one now if it is in the cards, not when it is up another 50% due to inflation
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    Re: Mounted this baby yesterday on our Kuzma

    It certainly is not "haters", it is a discussion...

    "what's not to like" a legitimate discussion response is "Price"

    Why do some people always try to turn everything into an issue when it is purely a discussion... maybe try to mellow out and stop trying to cause a controversy when one does not exist.
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    Agreed Randy, just a little levity, that's all !

    Mike, on a serious note, what's the body of that beauty made from ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    Agreed Randy, just a little levity, that's all !
    Exactly... just people having a little fun and smiles in an online forum.

    And agreed, gorgeous cartridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    Agreed Randy, just a little levity, that's all !

    Mike, on a serious note, what's the body of that beauty made from ?
    Onyx Stone.


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    Re: Mounted this baby yesterday on our Kuzma

    Heck, for ten grand, one can get the Beatles mono set on the secondary market ....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hounddog View Post
    Heck, for ten grand, one can get the Beatles mono set on the secondary market ....


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    I still haven’t unwrapped mine. One day.

    Not sure why everyone is going crazy over the price. Is it because it’s so small? You have to hear it. It’s a work of art visually and sonically. I plan on buying one for home too.


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    Re: Mounted this baby yesterday on our Kuzma

    I’m so jealous of the toys that flow through your hands. My 7 year old twins would make short work of this. I so need a dedicated listening room...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky64 View Post
    I’m so jealous of the toys that flow through your hands. My 7 year old twins would make short work of this. I so need a dedicated listening room...
    I remember when my ex broke the Ruby cantilever on the Grace F9 Ruby back in the day. That was kind of major back then .... She was cleaning ... but man that hurt .
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