Win a Pair of Ortofon VNL Cartridges by Recreating DJ ND’s Flare & Tear Combo

In a special episode of Made From Scratch, DJ ND demonstrates a scratch pattern that could win you a pair of Ortofon’s new VNL cartridges.

If you’ve got what it takes to recreate this flare and tear combo, film yourself performing it over a beat and upload the video to Instagram. Tag @djcity and @ortofon_dj and use hashtag #MadeFromScratchVNLContest. Entries may be submitted until Wednesday, December 16, and one winner will be announced in the following episode of Made From Scratch.

Watch the tutorial above, grab DJ ND’s scratch tool here, and start preparing your entries. Good luck!

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Mojaxx Takes a Look at Ortofon’s New VNL Cartridges and Gold Smokin Shells

In this episode of Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx takes a first look at Ortofon’s new VNL cartridges, designed with turntablists in mind. They’re currently available in an introductory pack containing one cartridge and three stylii, allowing users to decide which of the three available stylus options they prefer.

Plus, he reviews the incredibly bling 24-karat gold-plated headshells from Smokin Shells, which pretty much fall into the “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” category.

Watch Mo’s first look and review above.

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DJcity and Ortofon Team for Limited Edition Concorde Cartridges


DJcity and Ortofon have teamed up for a limited edition of DJcity-branded Concorde MkII Scratch cartridges. There are only 30 units in the first run, and they are available only on DJcity.

Watch Mojaxx discuss how and why the partnership came about on this week’s Tips and Tricks.

Related: Review: Ortofon Concorde MkII Series

Review: Ortofon OM Cartridges


Mojaxx loved Ortofon’s MkII range of Concorde cartridges when he reviewed them earlier this year. But not all DJs want or can use plug-in style cartridges like Concordes.

On this week’s Tips and Tricks episode, Mo looks at the company’s OM series of cartridges, which are designed to fit on a traditional headshell.

Related: Review: Ortofon Concorde MkII Series

Review: Ortofon Concorde MkII Series

Ortofon Concorde MkII

Ortofon’s range of Concorde cartridges have been around for a couple of decades and haven’t seen any many major changes. However, the company has redesigned them from the ground up. And it’s good timing, with the recent news that Shure has discontinued all of its phono cartridges.

Will Ortofon’s new MkII series ease the pain of grieving Shure devotees? Mojaxx finds out on this week’s episode of Tips and Tricks.

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Related: Shure Discontinues All Phono Products

Resurrect Your Broken Ortofon Concorde Cartridge


Ortofon’s Concorde cartridges are some of the most iconic and enduring products in the DJ world. But like any gear, they can break from time to time. The part that breaks the most is the tonearm lift, the piece of plastic that sticks off from the cartridge body.

On this episode of Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx shares an innovative product by a company called PlayAgain that resurrects a cartridge with a broken arm.

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