Northwest analogue anyone used them

martinpix

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Hi has anyone on here used Northwest Analogue to get a cartridge refurbed?
could you compare the work against Expert stylus company?
What would your recommendations be ?
They charge roughly 2 x the price of ESC but say their stylus shape and tip
is a near perfect match for the factory fitted stylus but would be on a better cantilever.
ESC would have identical cantilever but a slightly different stylus shape as they only fit their Parotrace tip.
mine has a replicant 100 tip but is damaged well the cantilever is badly bent.
I don't want to send overseas for fixing, or any suggestions on another place to send it for a refurb?
 

oldius

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My experience of NWA is positive but there was a period where I decided not to use them anymore: their prices rose significantly and they seemed to want to fit a ruby cantilever with FGS tip, as standard. ESC, on the other hand, seemed to be more of a bespoke service, recommending (for example) that they would want to do the least work possible to my AT Art-1, to preserve the integrity of the original design. I have used them since.
 

MVJ

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I used NWA myself to do some work on a rather exotic cart I bought broken off a wammer which they took several months to do charged almost twice the original estimate and I was disapointed with the final result and sold it.

That was probably 15 years ago since then I've only dealt with ESC for my carts after buying a Benz Wood sl off them which has just been overhauled after 7 years use. I intend doing a review of the Wood eventually but just not used it enough yet due to personal circumstances to do that Maybe in a couple of months it will get it done.
 

martinpix

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Thanks MVJ and OLDIUS. You have made my mind up for me I did get the impression from North west that they might want me to dig a little deeper into my pockets on their say so, and hold me to ransom over £80 given their lowest estimate was £620 plus postage plus vat I was thinking you get what you pay for or maybe you don't.
 

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