Classic Ortofon Concorde Q.Bert Record Needles After 8 Years [Story & Review]

Ortofon Concorde Q.Bert Record Needles - A four picture collage of the record needles.

The Story

One of the most used record cartridges for DJs back in the day till now was the Shure M44-7 model. It was perfect for classic vinyl turntablism and all around play, but over time, I found the longer needle had some skip issues even when it was weighted correctly. In the transition from vinyl to Serato, I then switched over to the Ortofon Concorde Q.Bert Record Needles, and it has been pretty much smooth sailing ever since. I replaced the stylus a couple times over the eight years and set up was quick. My peak gig duration was three club nights including an in club radio spot. After that, they were used in the basement as a home rig. The midi controller world started to take over. Before we drop the needle over to the review, I was mostly using the Serato Scratch Live digital software with two Serato records. 

Ortofon Concorde Q.Bert Record Needles - A four picture collage of the spherical stylus and gold connecting tips.


The Review (Additional pictures below)

The Cons

  • The needles pick up dust and lint causing Serato tracking issues, I had to clean it off a few times more than I would like during a gig. 

The Pros | Benefits 

  • Extremely durable.
  • The weight of the cartridges was great, no need to play around with the counterweights. 
  • There are only two parts. The headshell and cartridge are one with the removable styli. 
  • Spherical styli last a long time even with scratching and beat-juggling routines.  
  • The case is plastic and metal making it sturdy when traveling around. 
  • The gold like contact pins are very conductive.  
  • The tracking ability is still great. 

Would I repurchase it?

Yes


Would I recommend it to a friend?

Yes

Ortofon Concorde Q.Bert Record Needles - The two record needles in the carrying case.


Ortofon Concorde Q.Bert Record Needles- A Ortofon sticker inside the plastic and metal carrying case.


Ortofon Concorde Q.Bert Record Needles - The record needle, and Ortofon sticker inside the carrying case.


Ortofon Concorde Q.Bert Record Needles - The front of the metal and plastic carrying case.


Ortofon Concorde Q.Bert Record Needles - The back of the metal and plastic carrying case.


Last but not least, here is a video of DJ Fong Fong demoing the Q-Berts on vinyl. +OrtofonAS2010



Ortofon Concorde Q.Bert co-designed by DJ Q.Bert for scratch and back-cueing
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