I have a new rega rp3 with the elys 2 cartridge which sounds great but have a Linn K5 cartridge from my old rega deck and was wondering if it would be a better cartridge or stick with the elys.
To give it's best it may not be a five minute job as likely the VTA will need adjustment.The K5 is a very decent budget cart, but would probably just be a little different in presentation rather than better/worse.
It’s only a five min job swapping them out. Why not give it a try?
Nothing to lose.
If you want a decent budget upgrade, try the goldring E3.
Would the sound be worth the outlay? Might be worth a try if the K5 is in half decent nick.If you are a little adventurous, you can have a bit of fun with that K5 . Add a wood body from eBay and a decent AT stylus, and you have a very capable cartridge for not much money.
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Possibly, but for an outlay of around £75 and some work your only going to end up with a basic elliptical cartridge. It's could be worth it for the OP though.its definitely worth a try. as i've said before i had great success with my own Clearaudio cart with the body from a Linn k9 and the stylus from an ATN95EX.
why transplant and not use the cartridge as a whole?So....
After a few bids on Linn K5 and K9 were unsuccessful, I managed to bag a K18 for a decent enough price.
I’m going to try out a stylus transplant to see how it performs.
I already have an atn95ex stylus and an older atn95e that I can try.
I will update, or start a new thread once completed. 👍