My previous Nagaoka MP500 lost its edge at around 300 hours. Nagaoka do say to change the stylus as 150-200 hours on their website and in their manual (which yes I agree could just be marketing ploy to get you to spend), but it lasted longer than that, but no way would it of lasted 1000 hours.
With the MP500 the midrange suffers and creates a very 'nasaly' sound to it, this is when I know its on its way. People become complacent with what they hear though. I dont know about other carts, but changing this one immediately brought back the MP500 magic - even before it had time to run it, so it was definitely plummed.
There was a guy on the Art of Sound forum selling a MP500 recently as 'low hours' at 350 hours, which was a blatant ploy at misleading some poor sucker who bought it, its a shame, as he will never get to hear what a MP500 should sound like.
Kindly was given one of these for my birthday last week, I was a very excited and lucky bunny, but overall after a few days with it, rather disappointed.
The main issue is quality control - quality wise, its nowhere near what I would expect for £300. I appreciate manufacturers know they can rip off the hifi enthusiasts, as hifi, is an indulgence, but i feel its pretty rubbish.
- The clamp was cross threaded out of the box
- The motor sounded like a bag of marbles after cleaning 20 records
- The plinth the record sits on is not wide enough causing flex on the vinyl when putting the vacuum funnel down
- Packaging was pretty poor for a £300 device - bits of corroggated cardboard - almost laughable
- It did its job cleaning - but it wasn't great - wouldn't remove finger prints, or clean older records. Seems its great for out of the wrapper lp's, but anything more it struggles. Left a lot of crap on a few records if after multiple cleans . Don't get me wrong, it does its job, and far better than hand cleaning with some fluid and a cloth, and there was a difference in surface noise on playback compared to a non cleaned record, but I just expected more. Maybe I expected too much? £300 (£25 for a lid) isn't exactly peanuts though.
This unit has been sent back to Frank Harvey for a replacement, they were cool about it and liked the rattling down the phone as it whirled round, but I doubt the performance will change with the new one, but at least it wont sound like a bag of broken car parts. Cant be anymore than £30 of Chinese parts in these things.
If you don't keep a reasonably accurate tally of hours played from new (or from purchase if you have former provenance), how d'you know when you're approaching a playing milestone? It's pure guesswork ! I s'pose for a tuppenny-ha'penny cart. that doesn't matter, but when using cart's priced at north of a grand, it's comforting to know the mileage.
Generally, the higher you go up the cart. ladder, the better the stylus as well as its alignment. Consequently, the better its longevity. Koetsus are known to happily exceed 2000 hours (and then some). As aforementioned, however, a lot does depend upon other factors like cleanliness, quality of ancillary kit, arm length (to a tiny degree) and accuracy of set-up.
I have D Quinn on 'ignore', as he's a thoroughly nasty piece of work, as evidenced by the things he's said about me on the HiFiSubjectivist (run by Richard Dunn of NVA) forum, of which I'm not even a member. I only know about it as somebody sent me a link, and he's called me a LOT worse there than 'bald bloke'.
Thanks for picking it up, but it won't be the last time, I think. For some reason I've got right up his nose, and I put him on 'ignore' as I really don't want to encourage him by entering into an argument with him
The total comes to £9.50 inc postage (probably send them separately to avoid the jewel case breaking).
My emails from last time see to be missing. Can't remember how you paid last time. Was is a gift payment or bank transfer?
Will also need your postal address again.