You can also buy styluses in various sizes from Nauck, here:

and see the good advice toward the bottom of that page.  Most people I know
use a Stanton 500 cartridge to play 78's (as I do).

John H. Haley

On Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 11:00 PM, Mark Hendrix <[log in to unmask]>

> Ben Roth wrote, "Does anyone know what type of stylus or cartridge should
> be
> used for Busy Bee records?"
> Hello, Ben,
> Here is some information that I hope will help.
> Cartridges: Shure M-44 (still manufactured) with the N44-C stylus (I don't
> know if this is still manufactured; the N 44/7 stylus is the LP version) or
> the Stanton 500 series (no longer manufactured) with  the Stanton stylus
> made for playing 78s (D5127 stylus, blue plastic stylus holder, also no
> longer manufactured; the D5110, white plastic stylus holder, is the LP
> version).
> Busy Bee disc records were lateral cut records designed to be played with a
> steel needle.  These needles had a tip radius of approximately 3 mil, where
> 'mil' means 'one thousandth of an inch.'  You will get the best sound by
> choosing a stylus that plays the portion of the groove that was NOT touched
> by the original playback equipment, so depending on how worn your records
> are, you need a variety of styli to ride above or below where the steel
> needle traveled to get the best reproduction.
> So, for styli: short answer: 2.3 mil, 2.7 mil, and 3.5 mil -sized styli
> will
> handle the majority of "78's" you will encounter.
> For general playback info from a collector's (and professional remastering
> engineer's) point of view, try the late Roger Beardsley's article at:
> <>
> He recommends - a set of 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 mil (or alternatively 2.0,
> 2.8 and 3.2 mil) truncated elliptical styli should do for a start; you will
> rarely come across a record that does not sound acceptable with one of
> these, although in some cases an 1.5 mil or a 4.0 mil improves the
> reproduction noticeably.
> Here is where you can find Expert Stylus' recommendations:
> <>
> I hope this is helpful.  Best wishes, Mark Hendrix