Aidas Cartridges arrive at Solypsa

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I am happy to announce that Solypsa Audio has taken on North American distribution for Aidas Svazas' wonderful cartridges. Hand made by the maestro in Lithuania.

These carts are all 'MK2 - 22' latest versions.

First to arrive is the highest and best model, the Mammoth Gold mk2 with 24kt gold generator windings. Demo Mammoth Gold mk2.jpg
 

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Nice looking. Did you get any of the Rainbow series yet?

What is the cantilever. Can you safely use a magic eraser to keep it clean?
 

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Rainbow models coming in very soon.

Aidas carts feature Boron cantilever with Micro Ridge stylus. I use ME on mine ( and on many Ogura and Namiki Boron assemblies, as used on many carts, for some time now, with good results ). YMMV
 
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Hey Erik; welcome aboard! It is great to hear that you have got NA distributorship for these wonderful cartridges, they certainly deserve to be considered in the upper echelon's of MC pick up's, such is their 'rightness of sound'..
 

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One step below the 24kt Gold series is the Black Sound series using gold clad copper generator windings. Comes in Ebony, Purpleheart or 'gold web' body
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My friend was distributor in Italy of these cartridges,i listen from him a medium model,i dont remember which,and was a very natural cartridges,a little on warm side,and i listened the Mammouth,i dont know if was mk II or not and this was very excellent,natural and a rich sound with very good details,a kind of sound similar to the top Mijiaima
 
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i've had the Aidas Mammoth Gold Mk2 cartridge (on loan) in my system for a week now, courtesy of Eric of (WBF member) Solypsa, the N.A. distributor. thank you Eric.

the Mammoth is mounted on my Durand Tosca/Saskia, tracking at 1.9gms, playing through the CS Port phono and EM/IA SUT. it's just started breaking in and only has 6-7 hours on it. the Mammoth tusk ivory body is really a thing of beauty to look at, and has a wonderful solid 'right' feel to hold.

i am enjoying what i'm hearing. early impressions include a nice balance and 'rightness', notably powerful bottom octaves and bass articulation. this is a 'serious' level cartridge. Tuesday my CS Port phono is being sent to it's new owner, and my EM/IA phono is arriving by week's end, so i will need to navigate those changes before more time on the Mammoth.

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A few comments from a new owner of the Gala Gold cart, made over first week of use, after replacing Benz LP-S MR ( Gala is ~12% more costly vs LPS ):

'I'm really enjoying this Aidas Gold! There's a kiss of midrange magic and sustain that is especially noticeable on acoustic guitars. I played "Friday Night in San Francisco" on 45 RPM and was almost mesmerized by the rich timbre and sustain of the acoustics. This is not a knock on the Benz, it did very well, but guitars seem to have more body with the Aidas.'

'It's amazing how much more treble is coming through vs when I first mounted the Aidas, the initial treble sparkle has filled out (ride cymbals decay more wholesomely) Overall, there is just a bit more detail vs the LPS, but in no way does the Aidas come across as"clinical" or boring. It's really a seductive listen One trait is that is is LESS forgiving than the Benz, which is more than fine by me. Benz tends to homogenize sound somewhat, and impart its qualities over recordings. The Gala, even with its midrange magic that deviates just a hair from neutral, does get more out of the way. The Gala is just a lovely cart.'

'With the Aidas, loading at 300 ohms sounds fantastic, just a bit of sparkle with a creamy midrange. Bass is better than the LPS, which was no slouch. Loving it!'
 

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Mammoth Gold at Munich this weekend:
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Taking a ride on a J Sikora, room f217. Unfortunately I am not there :(
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Kind of reminiscent of the shou sugi ban method, this is the Aidas CU Durawood 'bee'.
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