|The Rondo Bronze in all the Glory|
We listen to a lot of vinyl, around 8-10 hours a week. But keep meticulous care of our records and clean the needle with every side of a disk. This means that at best we'd have 1500 hours of enjoyment. At our rate that is right around 3 years. We're into year 2, and while everything still sounds fantastic, it is time to start the long arduous process of finding a replacement, since in the mean-time, Ortofon has discontinued the Rondo line. They have consolidated most of their LOMC offerings into two series: "Quintet" and "Cadenza"
I can have the Rondo Bronze retipped (3rd party), or I can replace it with a Quintet or Cadenza. Or look elsewhere, but there is no going back. Nothing on offer is precisely what I had.
As we continue to spin our LP's and enjoy the music, we'll know the voice of the system will change eventually, as we're on the downswing. It's been a great ride, and we will try to hold out as long as possible ... but the knowledge of eventual ending with guaranteed change makes us a little sad ...