So maybe I'll give some info to the OP that might be helpful instead of theorizing about other matters not germane to the original question.
Geez, looking back at the OP's question, maybe my post wasn't germane either if there is no interest other than between the SAE and the Ortofon! Sorry if this discussion has gone out of control...
pivot wrote:I was not implying that what "could be going on" was definately the case in your experiance, just adding a "caveat emptor" caution. Sometimes a little well placed cynicism can serve a consumer well in the free market.
Please come forward with more suggestions for us, much appreciated!