Lou - the fundamental design is better for playing 78s than a stereo
cartridge. A re-design of the stylus itself would be a really good thing.
There are many ways of manufacture and different materials that could update
this cartridge to address the compliance issue. I still think that it's a
good design.-Mickey Clark
From: Lou Judson
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2018 2:35 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] BEST STYLUS FOR COLUMBIA RED GOLD label from the 40s
I had a VR II I inherited from my parents when I was a teen, and even at 14
realized it is an inferior cart. The compliance is so low, and the tracking
force so high, that I abandoned it quite soon, as I saw it tearing up my
records, even 78s.
I can’t help you with what those records need, but NO record in the world
needs a VR II. It’s a “record-wrecker” and suitablr only for museum
That is my opinion. M44 can be good if you get the right stylus!
On Jan 19, 2018, at 11:48 AM, 6295LARGE . <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I'm playing those records with a GE VRII and a 2.5 stylus.
> The sound is muddy. Is there a better size for that era of records?
> I sometime us a 4.0 ET stylus from Expert Stylus in my Shure M44-7.
> Can somebody PLEASE tell me the 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for playing those
> Is there anyone who makes a 4mil stylus for the GE VRII and will mount it
> in the cantilever?