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Your Cartridge History

Discussion in 'audio' started by Miss Ariel, Jul 30, 2021.

  1. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    Then you moved over to CD, didn’t you?
    The Stiltons were produced till the beginning of the 90’s, I seem to recollect.
  2. timpy

    timpy Speaker Abuser

    Yes, CD via NAD 5440 and some others, then finally Teac VRDS-T1 / Wadia 15 mostly in that system until very recently.
    The bearings seized up in my Rega RB250, and I had been divorced from my TT for some time by then geographically. I got it a new (ok new to it s/h) Origin Live arm (of some description - I don't know) in a deal involving some JBL and AVI speakers only to find it didn't spin the platter any more. I still have it, it was an 18th birthday present from my parents, but it hasn't played a record for nearly 25 years.
    The Nagaoka I still have too - could use a service I expect - I bought it ex-demo in a very short lived hi-fi shop in Carmarthen (Dyfed) called Lewis Audio, for about £80 or so iirc and that would have been 91/92 ish.
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  3. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

    In reverse order
    Benz lp
    Rebuilt karma
    Grado gold
    Koetsu black
    Lyra Lydian
    Various mm carts
    B&o sp7
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  4. Hound

    Hound pfm Member

    Had a few but not many compared to some
    35 plus years ago, had a rotel turntable, still do actually, had just cheap cartridges on it over the years I used it, before CD's and can't remember what, so in recent years had
    Ortofon blue, bronze and black, on rega rp6
    Rega apheta 2 on rega P8
    Rega apheta 3 and aphelion2 on rega P10
    Then went big time with a dynavector drt xv-1t on a sme
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  5. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Ortofon VMS20
    B&O MMC2000
    Grado F3E+
    Nagatron 360CE
    Grado FTE+1
    Decca Gold
    Grado MF3
    Sumiko Blue Point
    Sumiko Blue Point 2
    ZYX RS10
    Denon DL103R
    Denon DL301ii
    Benz Micro Ace SL
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  6. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    I'm playing all the right carts, but not necessarily in the right order!

    That said I think this is oldest to most recent:-

    Ortofon VMS5E
    Ortofon VMS20
    Nagaoka MP11
    Linn Basik (yellow)
    Linn K9
    Denon DL110
    AT 95e
    Goldring G1042
    Linn Troika
    Linn Troika (ESC rebuild) x 2
    Linn ASAKA
    Linn ASAKA (Goldring rebuild)
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  7. chris@panteg

    chris@panteg pfm Member

    Phillips mm
    Ortofon OM30
    A&R P77
    Linn K9
    Linn Troika
    Len Gregory Music maker mk1
    Goldring 1006
    Audio technica AT 120
    Denon DL160
    Audio technica AT95HE
    Technics P22 Jico SAS
    Audio technica Precept 550ML
    Audio technica AT33EV
    Audio Technica OC9 MLII
    Audio Technica AT33EV (second one)
    Hana SL. my current cartridge.
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  8. flapland

    flapland pfm Member

    Suspect a few I have forgotten. Also in first to most recent.
    Audio technica AT 110
    Ortofon OM10
    Ortofon OM20
    Audio Technica AT 110 again
    AT OC9
    Denon DL103
    Denon DL304
    ZYX R50
    Transfiguration Temper V (Still have)
    Lyra Argo (Still have)
    Lyra Delos (broke sadly)
    Koetsu Black (broke sadly but will get repaired one day)
    Dynavector 17d2 (still have)
    Lyra Dorian (still have)
    Kuzma KC3 (same as ZYX R100 Fuji and still have)
    Miyajima Shilabe (currently in use).

    Most apart from the early MM and DL103 have been bought used via the various forums.
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  9. dave charlton

    dave charlton EBLT driven

    Over the last forty years or so :-

    Ortofon FF15E, Linn Basik, Rega R100, Rega Elys, Rega Exact, Rega Apheta (now in rebuild mode).
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  10. Robn

    Robn pfm Member

    Goldring G800
    Shure M75ED II
    Ortofon VMS20E
    A&R P77
    Linn K9
    Roksan Chorus Black
    Dynavector 10X5 high output MC
    Denon 110 high output MC
    AT33PTG II

    From Ortofon to Roksan in Rega 3 then Rega 25. Bought the VMS20E because the mags said it was good but can't remember it sounding in any way special. I liked the P77 more but again influenced by the mags and Grahams when the stylus was worn I replaced it with the K9 which I enjoyed especially when I transferred it to the Rega 25.

    I found the Roksan Black to be a good all rounder but styli became overpriced so I became MC curious and when the second stylus wore bought the Dynavector in Rega 25. This was a bit of a breakthrough for timbre, then sounded even better in a Thorens TD150 with a Nima arm, then in an LP12 with first an Ittok then the Nima. Eventually when worn I replaced it with the Denon 110 which in the Nima felt like a step back from the Dynavector, I sold it on with very few hours.

    Loved the AT33PTG from first hearing in the Nima on the LP12 then in an original Mission 774 on a Garrard 401. After about 7 years replaced with the AT33PTG II which does all I could hope for, feel no interest in changing this set up, especially as digital is sounding so much better now.
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  11. mickhick1

    mickhick1 pfm Member

    Goldring G800
    Shure M44E
    Empire 999EX
    Shure M75 ED
    Shure V15 III HE
    Linn K9
    Linn Asak
    AT OC5
    AT OC9
    Goldring 1042
    Linn Klyde
    AT OC9 II
    AT 33PTG
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  12. Phil UK

    Phil UK pfm Member

    I'm kinda new to this......
    Ortofon 2M Black

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  13. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    One has to start somewhere…
    And that’s a damn fine start!
    Happy vinyl adventures!
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  14. Phil UK

    Phil UK pfm Member

    Thanks chartz! :)
  15. quickie

    quickie SE 'A' Class

    This will test my memory.!

    Linn Basik
    Ortofon MC10 super
    Nagaoka MP11 Boron
    Linn K9
    Audio Technica
    Stilton bodied version of one or two of the above
    Arcam E77 & P77
    Golding 1042
    Denon DL-103 & 110
    Van Den Hull something or other (mc2 super.?)
    Miltek Olympia
    Kiseki Agate Ruby
    Lyra Lydian

    Probably more I've forgotten about :)
  16. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    At440 - 3 years
    At f3 - 9 years
    Ortofon mc25fl - 6 years
    Ortofon rondo bronze - 5 years
    At33 ptg - 8 years
    At33 ptg II - 1 year
  17. Chris

    Chris pfm Member

    Plus ca change …..
    Dual Shure OEM
    Ortofon vms20e
    Linn K9
    Rega Elys
    Denon DL304
    Denon 103Pro
    Esco Troika
    A&RP77 with Shure HE retip and softer suspension rebuild plus 2 spare styli
  18. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    The usual suspects! :)
  19. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    Only three, though many replacement tips;

    The standard Sony stylus on a PS LX5 [direct drive two speed deck, c. 1983]

    Ortofon M40 [and its plug in 78 partner stylus] on a three speed, 33, 45 and 78 belt drive Dual deck, bought in about 1988[?].

    Rega Super Elys as the best standard fitment Rega stylus on a P3 bought in about 2001.

    Strangely the rather less high grade Sony deck was certainly better in every single way than the Dual/Ortofon set-up, the real star was the Rega that I used mostly for transferring LPs to digital on a Philips CD recording machine.

    Funny story [with no names mentioned] was that I tried some of my LP transfers to CDs out at a very famous Naim/Linn retailer. The owner thought that EMI had made a superb effort on a commercial CD release of Helmut Walcha playing the Well Tempered Clavier. The original LPs were first issue German Electrola pressings that for whole stretches of five minutes betrayed no discernible LP surface noise.

    Then I put on Haydn's Cello Concerto in C in the 1963 premiere recording by Milos Sadlo [on Suprafon], which did have a tiny amount of discernible surface noise. The expert thought the deck must be an LP12 with a very expensive cartridge. I suppose that is true blind testing. I did not let on that it was a fairly basic Rega TT set-up used.

    I sold the Rega deck to a friend on the Naim Forum once I had preserved my remaining LPs in digital format, in what would now be a terrifying international delivery. It was well double-boxed and perfectly preserved on arrival, and I believe gave many more years of pleasure to its new owner. [Posted via the Royal Mail].

    Halcyon days ...

    Best wishes from George
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2021
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  20. Waxxy

    Waxxy pfm Member

    In chronological order...or at least as close as I can remember.

    Shure ME-97he Encore
    Grado Gold
    Dynavector 10x4 (twice)
    Dynavector 17d2
    Dynavector 20xH
    Zu/Denon DL-103
    Audio Technica AT-33ev
    Sumiko Talisman Virtuoso DTI (diamond plasma deposited on titanium cantilever!! The only cartridge I regret selling)*
    47 Labs MC Bee*
    Clearaudio Maestro*
    Koetsu Urushi Platinum Signature*
    Ortofon Quintet Mono
    Dynavector 17d3
    Paradox Pulse / Denon 103r
    Nagaoka MP200
    Audio Technica 150sa
    Lyra Kleos*

    indicates still in house.
    * indicates purchased second hand

    I'm pretty much done my cartridge quest. No need to try any more as I'm happy with my current selection and will just retip / rebuild as required.
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