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FOR SALE: Rare Ortofon SPU Royal G MKII with REPLICANT 100 stylus (box and docs) in EXCELLENT Condition!
*** SHIPPING IS FREE (WORLDWIDE with INTERNATIONAL TRACKING NUMBER) !
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The SPU Royal GM model was released in 1998 to celebrate the Ortofon 80 year anniversary, BUT this is the latest MK 2 version:
This is the ONE AND ONLY SPU with the most advanced stylus profile in the world today - THE ORTOFON REPLICANT 100 !!!
Replicant 100 diamond has been designed for the longest lifespan up to 2000 hrs, while the conventional Conical/Spherical or Elliptical diamonds lifespan is only 500 hrs maximum. Replicant 100 stylus tip does not require quick re-tipping like those inferior conical/elliptical. Replican 100 will serve you for up to 2000 hrs with minimum recordwear compared to other SPU models !!! This is why this model is so special.
Tip mass has been reduced to allow you to use 2.5g tracking force! This is not your typical SPU with spherical or elliptical tips and very high tracking force, this one is truly High-End SPU with superb and very expensive stylus called Ortofon Replicant 100 (similar to Fritz Gyger). Replicant 100 profile is the most complicated profile in the history. With this stylus you can extract maximum musical information from the groove, no other SPU can do that as good as the Replicant 100 stylus. This stylus require the absolute alignment (vta, azumuth, zenith, antistaking, tracking force), but when it's done well you will be blown away by the sound quality of this SPU. I have owned several SPU models in the past and was not impressed with them as much as i love the Royal G mkII SPU with Replicant 100. Made in Denmark. Ortofon's official retail price was 2200 EURO!
"To archive the purest sound in this ORTOFON SPU ROYAL G MKII, we have introduced a unique alloy of the coil wire consisting of the purest GOLD and SILVER - called ELECTRUM" - Mr. R.Gudmandsen
I'm trying to be strict with my grading and for this reason i do my best when it comes to the images of the actual cartridge.
Selling my SPU ROYAL G mk II in original box with all original docs, this item was made for japanese market only.
THE FINEST DIAMOND IN THE WORLD (ORTOFON REPLICANT 100):
Another precondition for linear reproduction with a wide frequency range and optimal tracking performance is a diamond, the shape of which is as close as possible to the original cutting needle. To achieve this, the Ortofon SPU ROYAL G MKII MC uses an ultra-fine polished version of the unique Ortofon Replicant 100 Stylus. This diamond, which is already known from products such as the MC 3000 mkII and MC 5000, has an extraordinary large vertical contact surface despite its minimal radius or rounding. Correctly fitted at vertical ange of 23 degree, an ortofon Replicant 100 Stylus will read the musical information in the grooves of a record with a greater degree of accuracy than any other kind of needle!
PLEASE REFER TO THE IMAGES, WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET
If you're looking for perfectly working SPU Royal G mk2 with low hrs of use, in excellent cosmetic condition, this is probably what you need.
The cantridge is NOT NEW and you will find monor sign of use, but overall condition is very very good and the diamond is exellent!
There are a few tiny scratches on the side of lacquer body (they are hardly visible by nake eye), i have to mention those tiny scratched just to be strict.
Overall it is very very clear and shiny, contacts are clean, damper is fine, cantilever is perfectly centered, no issues!
When you will use this cart on the tonearm it will looks like new, believe me.
ALL IMAGES ARE REAL, WATCH THEM IN FULL SIZE OR REGUEST MORE PICS FROM ME (I GOT IMAGES OF THIS CART).
However, the only way to buy this beautiful cartridge and not paying the full price is to buy used. I think it's fair price for my SPU Royal in excellent condition!
You won't be dissapointed if you are fine with lightly used cartridges. But if you need new one you will find them elsewhere for much higher price.
The SPU Royal GM MkII provides a playback experience that embodies the essence of analog, with generous refinements which bring the legendary SPU cartridges into the realm of unrivaled perfection. The addition of Ortofon’s unique Replicant 100 stylus and reduced tip mass ensures open and detailed sound reproduction for a purely exquisite listening experience. Electrum coils, consisting of a gold and silver alloy, provides uncolored and precise transmission of armature movements while the slightly modified damping system makes it possible to reduce VTF and achieves a higher level of linearity.
HERE IS A BIT OF HISTORY:
No other company has ever retained a phono cartridge model in their product range for so many years. The SPU was used by early broadcasting companies among whom the Ortofon brand name was already well known from the first moving coil system - the Ortofon mono system in the small black A-housing. The so-called “Ortofon sound“ became synonymous with the sound from the SPU, at an early stage.
Back in 1958 the Ortofon SPU sounded like no other cartridge because it was way ahead of its competition. Today the SPU still has a sound that is definitely its own and it enjoys a remarkable following - in particular among audiophiles whose systems are comprised of vintage valve equipment and horn or reflex speakers. But with no other cartridge over the course of half a century, have we ever had to take so much care in respecting this original sound when improving technical data, as with the SPU model. As a result and in order to show considerations for this goal, you will after 60 years still find the basic visuals, the original design, as well as the original elements in the construction of the magnetic circuit kept fully intact.
Evidently the product has changed throughout its evolution. New possibilities in regards to housing materials, diamonds and magnetic system have been employed to improve the SPU and its performance whilst at the same time we remain faithful to the original concept. It is also clear that in a period of 60 years certain components will be changed as the suppliers no longer make them and replacements must be found.
But let us for a moment return to where it all began, when the SPU was launched back in 1958. The term "SPU" stands for "stereo pick-up" as phono cartridges were called "pick-ups" in the 1950s and 1960s. The original SPU was introduced in response to the demand for cartridges to reproduce the new stereo records. Based on Ortofon’s already 10 year old technology and experience in mono cartridges, the SPU immediately set the standard for professional and audiophile applications. Mr. Gudmandsen, one of Ortofon’s then leading engineers took a principal part in developing this cartridge. 10 years before, Mr. Gudmandsen had been deeply involved in the basic Ortofon Mono MC system. At that time Mr. Gudmandsen of course did not have the elaborate facilities that now make up the company’s development. Nevertheless his flair for a musical sound reproduction and the touch of a genius enabled him to create THE CARTRIDGE to survive all others.
Parallel to this development, Ortofon developed a stereo cutter head for mastering records, and the Ortofon expertise and development activities in making transducers for analogue reproduction equipment made new standards for the area in those days. It is also important to remember that Ortofon during and after the second world war had specialized in making silver spraying of lacquer discs and equipment for high speed nickel electroplating of matrices for gramophone record production.
A very important element based on technologies from said nickel painting process was right from the beginning incorporated into the SPU as a very fundamental part, responsible for the suspension of the oscillating system. This element consisting of cantilever and armature has never been surpassed by any cartridge manufacturer, and we are convinced, that the aforementioned “Ortofon Sound“ to a great extent was influenced by this element. Because of the very low impedance and the very low output, the first SPU cartridge, the SPU-GT, had a small transformer integrated with the cartridge units in the GM- housing, yielding about 7mVolt at 5cm/sec suitable for an MM input sockets with 50kOhm loading.
The SPU cartridge unit was also available without transformer in the original A-housing from the mono-systems. For the two different A and G housings Ortofon developed a program of tonearms among which the RMA/RMG 212 and 309 became very well known.
THE ORTOFON SPU ROYAL G MK II:
When the SPU Royal GM models were released in 1998 it was also done not to forget the basic Ortofon product in 40 years among the great number of other successful MC models - all being highly indebted to the original ideas in the SPU cartridge. A key SPU feature is an integrated headshell, designed to mount directly into classic tonearms with detachable headshells - tonearms such as the SME 3009 and 3012, and other tonearms with similar "universal" tonearm mounts. Quite simply, there is no finer complement to a classic tonearm with a detachable headshell than an Ortofon SPU.
TECHNICA SPECS OF THE OROTOFON SPU ROYAL G MK II with NUDE ORTOFON REPLICAN 100 STYLUS:
Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. 0.2 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz < 1 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz > 25 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz > 20 dB
Frequency response - 20-20.000 Hz + 1.5/- 0 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force *) > 70 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 8 µm/mN
Stylus type - Nude Ortofon Replicant 100
Stylus tip radius - r/R 5/100 µm
Tracking force range - 2.5-3.5 g (25-35 mN)
Tracking force, recommended - 3.0 g (30 mN)
Tracking angle - 20° *) Typical value
Internal impedance, DC resistance - 7 ohm
Recommended load impedance > 100 ohm
Cartridge body material - Ground wood and resin composite
Coilwire material - Electrum/Goldplated silver
Cartridge colour - Shiny black
Cartridge weight - 30 g
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*** Declared value: just tell me the amount you want to be declared for custom control and i will do that.
Lightly used ORTOFON SPU ROYAL G MK2 in Original box with Documents. Individual picture of the diamond made during factory test at Ortofon. Excellent condition of everything!