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I've been using my trusty 1200 Mk 2 with an old Stanton cartridge and two styli that are equally old- I need to replace the lot and start enjoying my records again.

 

Price range- probably around $100 or so, possibly a bit more.

 

Suggestions?

 

I'm a lot more like I am now than I was when I got here.

 

 

 

 

 

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I can thoroughly recommend the Audio Technica AT-VM95E which delivers stunning performance for a super low price (£49.99 here in the UK). Better still, it supports a range of styli including Nude, Microlinear and Shibata varieties. There's even an option for a 78rpm stylus!

https://www.audio-technica.com/en-gb/at-vm95e

https://www.audio-technica.com/en-gb/cartridges/styli-accessories/a-t-moving-magnet-styli 

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20 hours ago, Failed Muso said:

I can thoroughly recommend the Audio Technica AT-VM95E which delivers stunning performance for a super low price (£49.99 here in the UK). Better still, it supports a range of styli including Nude, Microlinear and Shibata varieties. There's even an option for a 78rpm stylus!

https://www.audio-technica.com/en-gb/at-vm95e

https://www.audio-technica.com/en-gb/cartridges/styli-accessories/a-t-moving-magnet-styli 

 

I am also using the same Audio-Technica and can strongly advocate for this as well! I liked it so much that I went ahead and bought a spare one to have on hand the next time I need one.

 

Sad and expensive story here - a few years ago I needed a new cartridge for my turntable, a Pioneer PL-510. My dad bought this new back in the early '70s and it is where I learned to carefully play albums and enjoy a lifetime of collecting. My dad gave it to me about 20 years ago and I hadn't used it much until I set up my music room about a decade ago. It had an Empire brand cartridge that worked fine until it wore out a couple of years ago. I did extensive research and ended up ordering a Denon DL-110 as the replacement, after reading a bunch of reviews etc. This was a really nice one and I think near $300 at the time. It was also difficult to install.

 

Anyways, back around the holidays I accidentally left the needle spinning on the record overnight and it ran into the paper middle of the album, basically disintegrating the needle on a perfectly functioning DL-110 that probably had many years of life ahead of it. I was super bummed, and also wanting to quickly replace it. So I ordered another one just like it and it was over $400 this time! Wow. It was also on a delayed order process and I was impatient. Somehow I found the Audio-Technica and went ahead and ordered it. At something like 20% of the cost of the Denon cartridge, I was extremely satisfied. Plus, it was a true plug and play item that didn't require me to do anything intricate with tiny screws or wires. Also no rebalancing of the stylus...just plug and play! Very happy camper here.

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Thanks for the replies. I'm still looking, no decisions as yet. There's a lot of options out there.

I've had generally good luck with AT products, and tbh I think my current head shell was made by them anyway. The AT-VM95E is on my list.  :)

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On 4/24/2022 at 1:50 PM, Failed Muso said:

I can thoroughly recommend the Audio Technica AT-VM95E which delivers stunning performance for a super low price (£49.99 here in the UK). Better still, it supports a range of styli including Nude, Microlinear and Shibata varieties. There's even an option for a 78rpm stylus!

https://www.audio-technica.com/en-gb/at-vm95e

https://www.audio-technica.com/en-gb/cartridges/styli-accessories/a-t-moving-magnet-styli 

 

This reminds me that the audio-technica sites for the English speaking world are different. Here are two more links to illustrate:

 

The GB site lists compatible replacement styli for vintage / legacy carts. I don't find this info in the US site. AT was always silent about form factors but some resellers, especially non-authorized resellers, used to list alternative replacements for discontinued models. I have not tried these replacements myself, but I do have two older AT carts that could use a stylus.   

https://www.audio-technica.com/en-gb/support/which-stylus-can-i-use-to-replace-my-discontinued-model/

 

The US AT site has this more recent chart for modern carts and stylus replacements and upgrades.

 

https://www.audio-technica.com/en-us/support/audio-solutions-question-of-the-week-how-do-i-select-a-replacement-or-upgrade-stylus-for-my-audio-technica-vm-series-phono-cartridge/

 

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