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    Koetsu Coralstone

    Anyone use one ? I currently use either a Shelter Harmony or Ortofon A90. I am trying to figure out if I want to get one for my stable. There is a lightly used one on Agon I'm looking at. Also, is there a platinum version or is the very fact it's a coralstone model, it's also a platinum model. Any sound comparo's to the carts I currently have would be helpful. TIA.

    http://app.audiogon.com/listings/koe...c-cartridge--2
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    Christian, I have just heard the Black and Rosewood (wooden bodies) and the Blue (Stoned body) - the wooden bodiess are very good cartridges with the typical Koetsu sound, very musical with slightly rolled-off extremes, the Blue is one of the best I have heard (open, dynamic, nuanced, great slam) and is in my wish list. I currently own a Blue Angel Mantis that is not there but has a Koetsu heart (for those who knows the story of Andre and Blue Angel).

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockitman View Post
    Anyone use one ? I currently use either a Shelter Harmony or Ortofon A90. I am trying to figure out if I want to get one for my stable. There is a lightly used one on Agon I'm looking at. Also, is there a platinum version or is the very fact it's a coralstone model, it's also a platinum model. Any sound comparo's to the carts I currently have would be helpful. TIA.

    http://app.audiogon.com/listings/koe...c-cartridge--2
    You should speak to Albert Porter. The man has an immense collection of cartridges and last time we spoke the Coralstone was one of his fans. Also know he got his Atlas same time as me

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    Beautiful audiophile jewelry , the best show analogue demonstration i heard , had a coralstone in the arm

    As far as i know all the stonebodies have platinum magnets, if i recall correctly there was also a coralstone version with diamond cantilever
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    Quote Originally Posted by MylesBAstor View Post
    You should speak to Albert Porter.
    Albert is the seller....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MylesBAstor View Post
    You should speak to Albert Porter. The man has an immense collection of cartridges and last time we spoke the Coralstone was one of his fans. Also know he got his Atlas same time as me
    I will if I decide to buy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockitman View Post
    Anyone use one ? I currently use either a Shelter Harmony or Ortofon A90. I am trying to figure out if I want to get one for my stable. There is a lightly used one on Agon I'm looking at. Also, is there a platinum version or is the very fact it's a coralstone model, it's also a platinum model. Any sound comparo's to the carts I currently have would be helpful. TIA.

    http://app.audiogon.com/listings/koe...c-cartridge--2
    the Ortofon Anna should be released soon; and it is pretty amazing to my ears. it will take the good things about the A90 and improve them, and add more life and body.

    no doubt the Lyra Atlas would be another consideration too.

    if you can only add one 'expensive' cartridge these are two to consider.

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    Thnx Mike. Do you have any experience with Koetsu stone bodies in your system at one time ? Can you explain their sound relative to an A90 to give me a baseline ? At $6k, the lightly used coralstone sounds like a great deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockitman View Post
    Thnx Mike. Do you have any experience with Koetsu stone bodies in your system at one time ? Can you explain their sound relative to an A90 to give me a baseline ? At $6k, the lightly used coralstone sounds like a great deal.
    i owned a Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum for 10 years (it was my reference back in 1998-2000), which is part of the Platinum magnet upper section of Koetsu's, but never a Stoned Body Koetsu. i've only heard a Coralstone briefly once and really am not the right person to answer your question. any sort of attempt by me at trying to give you a sense of the differences would be mostly a guess on my part and would not be very useful.

    i do understand the desire to scratch the Koetsu Stone Body itch as i've had it myself before. sorry i can't be more help.

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    Thanks for your input Mike...

    I decided to scratch my Koetsu itch and just purchased the Coralstone. I receive it on Friday. Will report my impressions once I get some listening time under my belt.
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