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Old 30th May 2013, 05:45 PM   #1
aldovan is offline aldovan  Brazil
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I see a good advantage in the Sapphire needles use.
I do not use a lot of time my turntable and the Sapphire needles will preserve more my LPs.
Have some difference in the sound quality between the diamond and Sapphire needles ?

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Old 30th May 2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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Sapphire will wear out quickly. A damaged stylus can then damage a record.

I am surprised that these are still available.
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Old 30th May 2013, 06:14 PM   #3
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I've used cartridges with sapphire and diamond styli and have to say I would never ever advocate the use of sapphire based on its extremely poor wear characteristics. The only records I have ever really damaged were damaged by a sapphire stylus. Sapphire styli were common on cheap crystal and ceramic cartridges, and are sometimes seen on magnetic types intended to play 78s, but I know of no quality cartridge that used them as OEM..

Sapphire styli in my limited experience can last as little as 25hrs of use before they start to deteriorate (say 50 - 60 sides) and the initial wear damages the record before you are even aware of the fact that it has started to wear out.
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I've used cartridges with sapphire and diamond styli and have to say I would never ever advocate the use of sapphire based on its extremely poor wear characteristics. The only records I have ever really damaged were damaged by a sapphire stylus. Sapphire styli were common on cheap crystal and ceramic cartridges, and are sometimes seen on magnetic types intended to play 78s, but I know of no quality cartridge that used them as OEM..

Sapphire styli in my limited experience can last as little as 25hrs of use before they start to deteriorate (say 50 - 60 sides) and the initial wear damages the record before you are even aware of the fact that it has started to wear out.
Thanks for the return.
I think in use a 0.7mm shappire stylus in my GE VR22 cartridge.
But if is too problematic, them I will use diamond.
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