I have not auditioned the VdH Stad in my system. I only tried the Colibri (XGP IIRC).
Back then, I couldn't get it to work properly in my setup. It was very sibilant and bright sounding. As well as being extremely finicky with tracking.
Good write up Mike, thanks!
Indeed getting the nut on top seems to be the way to go.
I also need to get me a set of tools to loosen and secure it while holding the screwdriver from the bottom.
IIRC, the Audio Technica AT33PTG has similar setup. But I don’t recall if the stylus guard could be...
I have also experienced build quality issues with VdH cartridges in the past. Specifically with the Colibri series (the original Colibri, not the new Stradivarius/Master/Grand Cru versions). Mr. VdH was very responsive and service was top notch, as the cartridges were replaced. However, after a...
I recall trying a Miyajima Premium BE mono cartridge with “stereo cut” mono reissues.
It did not sound good, and distorted on tracks that my stereo cartridge had no issues whatsoever.
Miyajima mono cartridges are true mono, meaning they have no vertical compliance, as opposed to modern...