Ben- The mottled surface you can see on laminated discs is the problem. 
Using a stereo cartridge doesn't work so well if you have any vertical 
Something I have tried with the VRII is have the stylus a little lower - 
meaning that it doesn't have to be between the poles but just below them.
It reduces the output a little if it is too much for a direct connection to 
the phono on an amplifier. I use a Heathkit WA P-2 preamp tube amp so it 
accepts the higher input level.
I wonder if an assembly could be made with a 3D printer for the GE.-Mickey

-----Original Message----- 
From: Benjamin Roth-Aroni
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2021 1:29 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] VRII a necessary option

Hi Mickey

Great idea!

I've also noticed that certain records sound terrible when played with a
stereo cartridge no matter which stylus I use.
Then I tried the VRii and the RPJ-047 which also sounded better.  The VRII
usually has a 2.5 mil and the RPJ-047 has a 3 mil.
Some old Columbia records give a slight warped sound with a stereo
cartridge, but not with either GE cartridcge.


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 2:48 PM Mickey Clark <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi-Benjamin Roth-Aroni I am finding that some records played with a stereo
> cartridge are really noisy. When I try the same record with same size
> stylus
> on the VRII  the record tracks perfectly. I've run into this multiple
> times
> and the VRII is my go-to for difficult records.
> I would like to suggest that a manufacturer re-think the stylus for this
> cartridge and modernize it. A reliable self centering would be an
> advantage.
> The cartridges will still work a hundred years from now - I'd like to see
> a
> modernized stylus for this amazing cartridge. - Mickey Clark
> Mickey Clark
> 710 Westminster Avenue West
> Penticton BC
> Canada
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