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Old 23rd February 2004, 07:03 PM   #1
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Default Shure V15 Type III or Grado Gold Phono Cartridge

Which cartridge is better the Shure V15 Type III or the Grado Gold? I've found a few on ebay for about the same price, and was wondering which one to pick, seeing as how both have a good reputation. Are the V15 variants all that different? How much of a difference would a Type III be compared to current production?
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Old 23rd February 2004, 08:54 PM   #2
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Are these relics or is Shure still making them? If the former, don't bite- the elastomers that hold the cantilever will have deteriorated.
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Which cartridge is better the Shure V15 Type III or the Grado Gold? I've found a few on ebay for about the same price, and was wondering which one to pick, seeing as how both have a good reputation. Are the V15 variants all that different? How much of a difference would a Type III be compared to current production?
My opinion -- i'm no fan of Shures & love Grados -- no question which one i'd buy.

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Old 23rd February 2004, 09:35 PM   #4
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Just to add to the other comments :

Definitely the Grado gold for most systems and tone arms.

But it does seem pricey for a cartridge with a bush mounted
elliptical tip, which seems no different to the cheaper Prestige
models, I'd suggest a Grado Red is probably better value.

http://shopping.netsuite.com/s.nl/c....it.A/id.248/.f

For an advanced state of the art MM cartridge in the V15 vein :

http://shopping.netsuite.com/s.nl/c....it.A/id.219/.f

Note that due to the stylus tip profile stylus life will be at least
twice as long as an elliptical tip, in this context very good value.

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Old 24th February 2004, 01:02 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies so far. The TT I'm going to be using this on is a Rek-O-Kut N-33H with original tonearm, if that changes anything.
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Well, heck, if you want to be retro, find an old Weathers FM cartridge and have it retipped. Mono, but the absolute best I've ever heard with the possible exception of the Panasonic strain gauge.
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Well, heck, if you want to be retro, find an old Weathers FM cartridge and have it retipped. Mono, but the absolute best I've ever heard with the possible exception of the Panasonic strain gauge.

Well i don't necessarily want to be retro, i just want a good cartridge, for not so much money.
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Sorry, got fooled by the Rek-O-Kut!
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Old 27th February 2004, 03:12 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies so far. The TT I'm going to be using this on is a Rek-O-Kut N-33H with original tonearm, if that changes anything.
So what was the turntable in its previous life ?

Identifying the arm would help with suggestions.

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Thanks for the replies so far. The TT I'm going to be using this on is a Rek-O-Kut N-33H with original tonearm, if that changes anything.
I think you need the advise of an arm/cartridge expert here. I suspect that the Rek tonearm is high mass. You'll need a cartridge to suit.
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