The part that everyone is referring to as a "cantilever" is defined in
the Audio Cyclopedia (Howard M. Tremaine) as a "stylus bar".
I came across this bit of trivia while researching definitions for the
glossaries on my website. However, cantilever sounds like an excellent
description to me.
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
On 8/3/2012 1:41 PM, Kevin P. Mostyn wrote:
> Hi Richard,
> Aside from damaged cantilevers (shanks), of which I have seen *many* in my
> long career in broadcasting, I have had a few (very few) problems with
> dried-out mountings. I've never had the magnets fail.
> Expert can definitely retip used assemblies, assuming they are in useable
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> Hi, Kevin,
> In the thinking-outside-the-box department, other than the actual stylus
> tip, what wears out in a stylus assembly? Does the compliant mounting wear
> out? Does the magnet get weaker? Obviously the "tube" (cantilever?) can
> become crushed or bent--I realize with that the assembly is probably beyond
> The reason I ask is would it be possible for Expert Stylus to place new tips
> on old stylus assemblies?
> I'm asking this out of ignorance--there is so much I don't know about
> playing disks that it could fill several volumes--but it was a thought that
> came to me upon reading your post with interest and I believe the only
> stupid questions are the unasked ones.
> I am still impressed at how good a disk can sound--I've spent some time
> playing LPs recently with my Stanton 681 EEE cartridge--I have several and
> several spare stylii that should last the rest of my life. I'll confess
> that a client wanted me to do 10 disks for her as part of a larger tape
> project and didn't want me to refer her to someone else (Surely you can play
> LPs," she said) and someone from a local church who knows me wanted me to
> preserve five disks they made two or three decades ago--played, but not
> killed, and pretty much the best copies in existence. We tried chasing down
> the masters of the church recordings to no avail. The 10 disk client was
> oral histories, not music.
> On 2012-08-03 3:36 PM, Kevin P. Mostyn wrote:
>> I recently tried to order some more custom styli from Expert Stylus
>> for a Stanton 500 but was informed that Stanton has essentially left
>> the phono cartridge business, at least for now and perhaps forever,
>> due to their purchase by Gibson Guitars. Expert suggested that I turn
>> to Shure or Ortofon. Ortofon is out of my price range, so I'm looking
>> at Shure. I know that some U.S. dealers still have Expert-Tipped
>> Stanton styli available but I would like to find a long term solution.