I don't know if I'm the only one, but I got pretty good results with Ortofon
OM series, and bunch of re-tipped styli (done by Expert Stylus company).
Also their original Ortofon OM 78 needle is very good needle for everyday
use (2.7 mil truncated elliptical), very suitable for lacquers and
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin P. Mostyn" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2012 9:36 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Styli
>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
> I would like to find a long term solution.
> I see the following cartridges available:
> M78S - specifically for 78, uses the N78S stylus; Note that the N78S
> has max tracking of 3 grams.
> M44-7 - no listing for a 78 stylus. Max tracking is 3 grams.
> M97-xE - not clear if it takes an N78S stylus; regular shank probably too
> delicate for historical records.
> M92E - does take the N78S stylus
> SC35C - does take the N78S stylus, but the regular shank for this
> will track up to 5 grams! Its replacement stylus is cheaper than the N78S
> The list of available cartridges is at:
> The list of available styli is at:
> In a 2006 post, Dave Lennick recommended the SC35C with its quondam 78
> stylus, but said stylus is no longer available. However, the stock SS35C
> shank may be the same one used for the SS78E. Dave has also said that he
> (really really) hates the N78S stylus. It may be that the SC35C shank will
> fit into any of the cartridges that accept an N78S.
> Since I'm having custom tips affixed, it really doesn't matter if a
> 78 tip is unavailable. I just need a high quality cartridge with an
> appropriate strong shank that will survive playing historical records and
> can be retipped by Expert. It appears that the only appropriate shanks
> Shure are the ones in the SC35C, the N78S and the M44-7.
> I will use these mainly for transcription discs. I have a few thousand
> transcription discs, vinyl, lacquer, uncoated aluminum.
> I would very much appreciate any advice that the group can provide.
> --Kevin Mostyn