I've used the AT95E and the three of the styli for the AT-VM95 series. I don’t think they're durable enough for a public-use application.
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Also worth noting that they just replaced the AT095e with the AT-VM95 series. there are a few options and these are being made still. In the meantime, just stock up on extra styli for your existing cartridges and when you need to replace, you can just buy what's currently being made.
Personally, I DJ and have old Stanton 500 cartridges and buy off-brand replacement styli for between $11 - $19 a piece. The AT styli are a fair bit more expensive.
On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 6:20 PM Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> To add to what Richard suggested;
> You noted: "The styli got damaged easily not from lots of playing time
> but from rough use by patrons."
> You may want to try the type of stylus that DJ's regularly use. Those
> styli are designed for severe service.
> Mu $0.02
> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
> On 11/2/2020 2:54 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
> > Hi, Marci,
> > Paul forwarded this to the ARSC List and while my specialty is tape,
> > I thought this should be an easy one to answer.
> > 1. Other than having a few spares on hand, buying the
> > cartridge/head-shell combination is not necessary. Both the stylus
> > and the cartridge can be replaced individually.
> > 2. Replacing the cartridge in the head-shell does require a bit of
> > expertise in alignment, but there are helps on the web to figure it out.
> > 3. The green stylus assembly should just pull right out and push
> > back in and anyone should be able to do that.
> > 4. Amazon has the entire assembly for $79 US should you wish to buy
> > some spares, especially since the Audio Technical website says they
> > are discontinued.
> > https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JLX1JZ7
> > 5. Amazon is also listing the cartridge alone (which Audio Technica
> > also says is discontinued on their website. Amozon is selling the
> > cartridge for $49 US. Again, buying a few would be useful.
> > https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JXD79Q1
> > 6. The replacement stylus is available as a one-pack or a two-pack
> > for
> > $35 and $70, respectively. While it doesn't make sense to buy one or
> > the other based on price, if one goes out of stock, the other might
> > still be available. These slop right in. Try it on one of your older
> > cartridges and see what happens. They chould pull out at the angle
> > of the tube that holds the actual stylus, so forward and down. Notce
> > the grips on the side.
> > Single: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001IEPNN6
> > Dual: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LBF9XZG
> > I hope that was a help.
> > Cheers,
> > Richard
> > PS I'm a real fan of one of your professors: Dr. Heather Cox
> > Richardson. I've been reading her (almost) daily letters for about a
> > year.
> > On 2020-11-02 5:07 p.m., Paul Jackson wrote:
> >> I would send your request to ARSC (I'm forwarding it). (I used to
> >> know all about this, but time and other work with turntables has
> >> not been going on for 20 years.)
> >> *Trescott Research - Paul T. Jackson *
> >> 2503 Natalie Lane, Steilacoom, WA 98388
> >> http://www.trescottresearch.com <http://www.trescottresearch.com/>
> >> On 11/2/2020 7:36 AM, Cohen, Marci wrote:
> >>> I realize access issues are weird under COVID, but I'm trying to
> >>> identify good replacement parts for our public turntables, on the
> >>> assumption that we will one day have the public using them again.
> >>> I'm looking for a balance of price, audio quality, ease of
> >>> maintenance, and durability.
> >>> The last time we stocked up, I consulted with a local audio store,
> >>> and they recommended an Audio Technica headshell/cartridge/stylus
> >>> unit for our Technics SL-1200MK2 turntables ("standard" tonearms).
> >>> Under actual use, we had several problems:
> >>> * Audio Technica has discontinued the model (AT95E/HSB)
> >>> * Staff at the local store were knowledgeable but exceedingly slow
> >>> in responding to my inquiries, and their prices were higher than
> >>> our default university supplier. I'm happy to pay for
> >>> knowledgeable service but disinclined to reward unresponsive
> >>> service.
> >>> * The stylii got damaged easily not from lots of playing time but
> >>> from rough use by patrons. (Yes, we have signage, but...)
> >>> * Although it's easy to swap out the complete headshell, it's
> >>> expensive to replace the whole unit when just the stylus gets
> >>> damaged. I think that changing a cartridge would be easier, but
> >>> adjusting the alignment looks daunting to this novice. Are there
> >>> cartridges that don't require alignment adjustment, or is it not
> >>> as difficult as it looks?
> >>> Again, this is for public listening, not preservation digitization
> >>> where the utmost audio quality is paramount.
> >>> Marci
> >>> Marci Cohen, MLS, MA
> >>> Assistant Head, Music Library, Mugar Memorial Library Boston
> >>> University Libraries [log in to unmask]
> >>> 617-353-3707
> >>> pronouns: she/her