I'll admit it, I have a problem. I can't Help collecting old and broken cartridges with the hope of one day getting them restored to new glory. I see their broken carcasses and wonder how someone could have mistreated them so. Worse than puppies! The problem is that my 'home for distressed cartridges' now has too many residents, so my new technique is to post pictures of ones I find as a bit of light relief. Virtual restoration discussions
First exhibit from Japan with a BIN of $118 is an Ortofon MC20II with broken cantilever and an AT33ML with collapsed suspension. I hate to think where they have been stored for that corrosion to happen.
The MC20II hails from the era of super low ouput ortofons at 0.1mV. So a tranformer or a heroic MC stage required (or which there are few). That could be recantilevered and sorted for about the cost of a Hana EL.
The AT-33 could be more challenging. Suspension can be fixed, but you would need to find someone who can retip Beryllium or be a heathen and put boron on
So anyone else seen things where they get tempted but are either not brave enough or rich enough to hit buy?
Note: not all of what I have written is completely true, but I'm not telling you which bits!