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Beogram 4000c ... does this mean we can buy new cartridges?

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Eriperi
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Eriperi posted on Fri, Dec 4 2020 12:51 PM

I guess everyone has seen the release of the new(old) Beogram 4000c, the B&O refurbishment of the original Beogram 4000 in the 21st century. 

Looking at the pictures it seems like they are using a new cartridge using the classic MMC connection. Does anyone know which cartridge this is?  And are we able to buy this separately?  I assume they need some spare stock for incidents.

 

 

 

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styppen
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I read on this forum that SMMC4 from SoundSmith is used for the 4000c turntable.

Apparently, B&O no longer has the machinery/tooling needed to produce these cartridges. That's why I imagine they outsourced it.

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Lee replied on Fri, Dec 4 2020 1:18 PM
Didn’t Ortofon produce cartridges for B&O?
Eriperi
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SMMC4 would be wrong form factor I guess, so SMMC20E seems more likely albeit quite cheap for an 11000€ Turntable.

solderon29
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This new cartridge is made by Ortofon it seems!

Curious,given that B&O gave the license to Sound Smith to make the replacements for originals?

Nick

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Hmm, never thought of it that way but merging an OM10 case (or concorde) onto a mmc connector seems easier than replacing a cantiliver+stylus in a broken mmc. And parts are very cheap to get  Once you have done that you’re free to use whatever stylus you want out of the OM range.

chartz
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solderon29:

This new cartridge is made by Ortofon it seems!

Hi,

I wouldn’t bet on that Nick!

 

Jacques

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chartz:
solderon29:
This new cartridge is made by Ortofon it seems!
Hi,

I wouldn’t bet on that Nick!

You're right not to bet! It is made by Soundsmith, the SMMC20CL.

source: B&o own site! Search for the Technical Sound Guide of the BG4000c

 

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