Thanks. I have also emailed a dealer that I have bought a lot of stuff from in the last 2 years. He is an Oracle dealer, so I have asked him to see if it is possible to source the kit. He has an un-related order of mine pending (awaiting the arrival of stock) so it might be easier to add the kit into that order, assuming it is possible for him to get them.
As for the effect of the kit, I am specifically interested (or curious might be a better term) as to whether it can resolve (or reduce the effect of) some tracking issues that I have noticed with the 9cc arm / Rondo Bronze combination. Despite meticulously trying to avoid these issues by experimenting with different alignments, VTF, VTA, etc, I have only had partial and extremely limited success in resolving the problems.
I have some audiophile classical albums and the current combination struggles on a few of them. One example is the Impex reissue of the Ravel Piano Concerto in G (Bernstein). Try as I might, I can't get the combination to track the piano properly, yet it can handle the other side of the LP (Shostakovich Piano Concerto) fine. I am getting distortion on particular piano notes when the hammer really hits the string hard, but they are only occuring in a particular pitch range, which makes me think the mistracking has more to do with the tonearm than the cartridge. I would say 90% of my piano LPs are OK, but this one just kills this combination completely, as does the Mercury Living Presence reissue on Speakers Corner of the Liszt Piano Concertos. Both these titles have a common element- - the piano is very upfront, the frequency balance is very bright, the midrange presence is overwhelming compared to real life, therefore making the percussive sound of the piano much more edgy and evident than say, you would hear on better-balanced RCA or Decca recordings. The Shostakovich (which tracks perfectly) has a different balance and is closer to what you hear from other labels, since it is devoid of that extremely aggressive upper midrange and treble.
So I am curious to see how these two LPs (which are my "worst") might benefit from the damping device, seeing as there is no solution when fiddling around with the stock arm / cartridge combination.
I also have a couple of LPs at the moment that have massed choirs and again the current combination can struggle at times, and again it is the same sort of pitch range where this occurs.