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Old 24th July 2015, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default 6 mono cartridges $230-$650

Appreciate help in narrowing this list of prospective mono carts. Presume each would be well-matched to arm and step-up (only 2 need the latter). The associated system deserves the Miyajima Zero but credit card statement violently disagrees. For the record (no pun intended), Art Dudley likes spherical stylus, which I believe is the same as "conical" and "round."

1. Audio-Technica AT-33 Mono, approximately $525 msrp, MC .35mV “.65mil round stylus”, same body and PCOCC coil wire as AT33EV which has neodymium magnets (mono magnets unspecified, likely not neodymium) Audio-Technica - Products - Other - Professional Turntables - AT33MONO

2. Denon DL-102 $230 MC 3.0mV, “17 micron round stylus,” Herb Reichert recommended Denon DL-102 phono cartridge,Denon DL 102 phono cartridge,Denon DL102 phono cartridge,Denon DL-102 phonograph cartridge,Denon DL 102 phonograph cartridge,Denon DL102 phonograph cartridge,Denon DL-102 phono cartridge,Denon DL 102 phono cartridge,Denon

3. Ortofon 2M Mono $356, MM 4.0mV, nude spherical stylus radius 18 microns, Ortofon - 2M Mono, vinyl expert Richard Gray recommended, anonymous user rave: Ortofon 2M Mono Phono Cartridge

4. Ortofon 2M Mono SE $650 MM 3.5mV, Shibata tip possibly same as $755 2M Black Stereo which Fremer said was hypersensitive to VTA/tracking angle (the $755 2M Black Stereo and $1260 Miyajima Premium Mono BE/black ebony are Stereophile Class B) Ortofon - 2M Mono SE Fremer first listen: http://www.analogplanet.com/content/ortofons-2m-mono-special-edition-first-listen%E2%80%94world-exclusive#HSg1ZMifq0PVeSc7.97 Pro review 5-star value: Ortofon 2M Mono SE MM Phono Cartridge The future is mono! Review By Clive Meakins

5. Ortofon Quintet Mono $524, MC .3mV, nude elliptical Ortofon Quintet Mono Phono Cartridge

6. Soundsmith Otello Mono $480, Moving Iron, 2.12mV, elliptical titanium 6 x 17 microns, per SS “just slightly warmer than other SS designs,” movingcatalog
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Old 24th July 2015, 08:25 PM   #2
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Appreciate help in narrowing this list of prospective mono carts. Art Dudley likes
spherical stylus, which I believe is the same as "conical" and "round."

I'd agree that a spherical/conical stylus is good, other than a small HF rolloff, and
somewhat less good tracking. Also, avoid a cartridge needing a step-up device.
If you have a old Shure type III or V, you can get a third party spherical replacement stylus.

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Old 24th July 2015, 08:34 PM   #3
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Thanks. I listed only new carts, and the only new Shure mono is for 78s.

Is there old classic Shure mono LP cart? If so, I would consider such if stylus available. I'm glad you mentioned this. In fact, I'd consider any old MM mono LP cart for which new stylus is available.
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Old 24th July 2015, 09:28 PM   #4
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I own a Denon DL-102 cartridge and think it sounds great! The preamp I use is a modified Quad 33 which has real MONO mode (this is different to twice the left or right channel). I listen to old 33rpm Jazz records and wonder why we changed to STEREO

P.S. The cartridge has enough output to connect to a MM input. Somehow the Quad 33 phono cart works great with old carts like shure, Goldring, Denon.
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Old GE VR type mono cartridges are worth a look as well, some investigation needed to get up to speed I'd hazard.
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Sorry for my being naive. I've seen "GE" cartridge mentioned several times lately. This can't possibly mean General Electric, can it?
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Old 26th July 2015, 04:13 AM   #7
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ro9397, I own several mono carts and prefere the MM type ( a personal taste )
IMHO, Make a choice between the Ortofon 2M`s.
Both track early as also modern mono records very well. ( my own experience )

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Sorry for my being naive. I've seen "GE" cartridge mentioned several times lately.
This can't possibly mean General Electric, can it?
Yes, it does.
http://www.vinylengine.com/library/g...ic/vr-ii.shtml
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Believe it or not those old General Electric Variable Reluctance cartridges are excellent, you'd be hard pressed to do better by your vintage mono vinyl. Replacement styli are available in a variety of sizes for LP and 78s.
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