Coincidentally I just talked to both Full Compass and Esoteric Sound this morning about Stanton cartridges. I was told that Stanton is technically still an operating division of Gibson, but that it is very difficult to get anything from them. I also was told they shuttered the factory, so that may explain the long lead times (aka forever) in securing stock. Their product is still listed as available on websites like Full Compass since it's technically still being made. Esoteric does have Stanton product in stock, Full Compass was all special order.
I like Shure better anyway so I'm not really crying over this, but it's always nice to have options.
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From: "David Breneman" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, August 3, 2012 1:28:35 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Styli
From: Kevin P. Mostyn <[log in to unmask]>
>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.
Interesting. I just checked Broadcast Supply's web site and they
list four Stanton cartridges available, the 500V3, 520V3, 505V3,
and 680V3MP4. Also 78 styli for their 500, 600 and 800-series
cartridges. Also several Stanton turntables. Nothing in their