and thanks for the substantial information! You are right, there is a subculture about the 103's!
For the moment I will wait for the cartridge to arrive, on or about Sept. 8,or so. Then it will be used as it comes, and will be compared with several other favorites of differing sonic flavors.
My first concern about retipping with an elliptical is that the experiment might NOT be succesful. That is, the sound MIGHT get some exaggerated treble.
I would hate to lose the expected Denon smoothness. Any thoughts about this?
PS- Oh, almost forgot! One Dynavector 17D3 I used to have became an entirely better performer by one single little modification. I added substantial extra mass (about 9 grams!
) to the headshell, and voila, it was a different monster altogether! Same refinement and silk gloves treble, but packed a wallop in the bass. Maybe this would bear some experimentation with the 103R.