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AT 95 cartridge.

Discussion in 'audio' started by mikegreenwood, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. mikegreenwood

    mikegreenwood pfm Member

    Going to buy one of these to complete a turntable project. I have noticed a big variation in prices. i.e. from £23 to £40. Are there grey products on the market or is it just profiteering!
    Amazon are asking £25 ish. My local hifi shop around £35.
     
  2. fay spook

    fay spook pfm Member

    Amazon might not pay tax. Your local hifi shop needs support. Ask them if they can get close on price or they might fit it for free, if they slip and break it's their fault etc. Then the price difference starts to disappear. I haven't heard of fakes.
     
  3. slawekt

    slawekt pfm Member

  4. syep2001

    syep2001 pfm Member

    Some are unpackaged - i bought one at £22 IIRC, no problem at all.
     
  5. fay spook

    fay spook pfm Member

    Why doesn't anyone else think that supporting their local shop is a good idea? You'd be amazed what dealing with humans can be like!!
     
  6. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    Expensive at any price. :cool:
     
  7. Music freak

    Music freak pfm Member

    Expensive at any price???!!!
    Come off it! This cartridge was allegedly the devised 'inspirational model ' for one of Linn's of 'oh - so - perfect cartridges' that they flogged " to their 'impressed by big ticket price' hi fi snobs". :D:D:D Any wonder the hobby of Hi Fi gets rubbished, from time to time.
    Rest assured - the Audio Technica AT 95 E gives excellent performance and goes well with many a modest priced TT, while tracking at its recommended 2 grams with its 004 x.007 elliptical stylus profile.
    For some further price comparison that you are looking for.....( I :E in Australia) the full unit AT 95E in some quarters , goes for around a low $48 and the replacement stylus at $24.
     
  8. narabdela

    narabdela who?


    I expressed an opinion. I don't like Marmite either.
     
  9. slawekt

    slawekt pfm Member

    Maybe because paying 1.5x more for what's readily available elsewhere , well how can I put it, is plain stupid :D .
     
  10. fay spook

    fay spook pfm Member

    Like I said, have you tried asking for a discount? If you went at a quiet time would they fit it? Does your turntable need the once over?Might there be a better cart for your turntable, an Ortofon? There is a lot they could offer. Sometimes there is more to a purchase than price.......
     
  11. mikegreenwood

    mikegreenwood pfm Member

    I'm ok at fitting cartridges and to an extent looking after a Turntable. Just wondered why such a variation in prices and more so if there is a valid reason. Nothing against Ortofon although I do have a preference for ATs.
     
  12. avole

    avole The wise never post on Internet forums

    Who cares? For thrice the price there's nothing that comes close, until you get to the AT440mlb, which as high as you need to go for most turntables.
     
  13. mikegreenwood

    mikegreenwood pfm Member

    Agreed. Love ATs. I do have a PTG33 do I know the qualities. The AT. is to complete a Rega project.
     
  14. colasblue

    colasblue pfm Member

    I once tried to buy an AT95e through my local Audio T and was basically told "piss off it's too cheap for us to be bothered with"

    Let the tossers go bust I say with an attitude like that!
     
  15. Music freak

    Music freak pfm Member

    I agree, totally.

    And for a business to really be telling any potential customer that their intended purchase is 'too cheap', then slams the door on that customer not only ever going again, but put paid to any follow-on recommendations to other friends to shop there.
    With Hi Fi: over the years, I am sure many other fans have amusingly seen similar Hi Fi businesses possessing a pretentious attitude 'bite the dust'.;)
     
  16. Music freak

    Music freak pfm Member

    Thank you for this comment. I also hate Marmite, besides its Australian 'equivalent' Vegemite -which by the way - is a even more sharp /pungent tasting concoction. :)
     
  17. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Though I understand the notion of supporting your local Hi-Fi shop I've had indifferent service from many of them. Sometimes their knowledge is lacking and they are often tied to supporting certain products. You ask to listen to a Rega speaker for example and they suggest an alternative immediately. Their need to compete with on line businesses has cheapened much of the service.I recently went to a well known shop to ask them to repair a turntable, they said they would contact the manufacturer and source the parts. After 3 weeks I phoned up. They told me that the manufacturer had not responded to their phone calls and this was typicical. So what did I do. I emailed the manufacturer in Germany. They emailed back within a day, apologised and sent the parts to the shop. They said they would let me have them for free so the shop should only charge for fitting. When I went to retrieve the turntable after a further few weeks, the shop owner told me that they had asked them to not charge for the parts. He was surprised. This is why I shop on line more.I've not yet had a bad experience and I've saved a mountain of money.
     
  18. mikegreenwood

    mikegreenwood pfm Member

    Thanks for the replies, I think the thread is getting a little side tracked now. I buy from both HiFi shops and on line. So spreading a little happiness all round. I also buy here on PF. I'm now happy the AT95s are not grey products.
    One final bit of advice on stylus cleaners. Don't mind spending £20 or so but not into expensive wonder liquids.
     
  19. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    The match striking surface of a folded book of matches (lead stearate) will clean the contact surfaces of the styli tip. A gentle drag of the book, back to front in the same direction that the vinyl travels, does the trick.

    Credit to Linn Products for their 'Stylus Cleaner and Review Disposal Kit'.

    Craig
     
  20. hi-fi132

    hi-fi132 pfm Member

    cheaper AT95s are fine. I get them from Timestep / Sound Hi-Fi in Devon at I believe £23.65 and they arrive within a day or 2 and are genuine. Fantastic cartridge too, have been using one on my 1210 while i wait for a higher end cart to return from repair and the sound completely belies the price. Walks all over the Ortofon 2M red and many other budget carts.
     

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