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
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.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.