I have two Stanton 500 ALII cartidges where the tiny single spot-weld has failed and the cartridge has detached from its mounting! Your fix may prevent the same happening to yours.
Stanton's quality control leaves a lot to be desired!
On 11/15/2012 10:08 AM, Martin Fisher wrote:
> I'm using Stanton 500 AL / 400.V3 carts in combination with Technics
> head shells on two modifications of a Technics SL-1200MK2 turntable.
> Cutting to the chase, through quick experimentation this morning I
> found the problem to be caused by the standoff flange type mounting of
> the cartridge. I reason that this flimsy mounting was allowing the
> cartridge to oscillate (rock) in a vertical plane independently of the
> head shell and tonearm at the fulcrum point where the cartridge body
> was attached (?spot welded?) to the mounting flange. What was needed
> was a good solid connection between the two components of the
> cartridge body and the head shell. Since this is not easily
> accomplished by modifying the mounting assembly the next best thing
> was a good amount of damping which would effectively accomplish the
> same thing. I remounted the cartridge with a goodly amount of Scotch
> removable Adhesive Putty filling in every void between the cartridge
> body and head shell paying special attention to the spaces in front and back of the mounting flange.
> While it's not a $450 ultra rare teakwood & ebony modification and
> might not have the fine sculpted lines the audiophile crowd might
> demand........it sure gets the job done. All of the things we love
> are still there but the horrible hollow scrape is completely gone!!
> :-) Onward & upward. Comments welcome