Tim - The VRII is a true mono cartridge. The issue with summing from a 
stereo cartridge if there is any vertical information there is introduced 
makes a sound like under water. If the surface is totally flat then the 
stereo cart works fine most of the time. -Mickey

-----Original Message----- 
From: Tim Gillett
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2021 9:39 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] VRII a necessary option

Is the VR II a mono cart?   If so,  what is the difference between
a mono cart,  and a stereo cart summed to mono in the DAW?

Cheers Tim.

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Subject:Re: [ARSCLIST] VRII a necessary option

Ben- The mottled surface you can see on laminated discs is the
Using a stereo cartridge doesn't work so well if you have any
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
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
accepts the higher input level.
I wonder if an assembly could be made with a 3D printer for the

-----Original Message----- 
From: Benjamin Roth-Aroni
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2021 1:29 PM
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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
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]>

> Hi-Benjamin Roth-Aroni I am finding that some records played with a
> cartridge are really noisy. When I try the same record with same
> stylus
> on the VRII the record tracks perfectly. I've run into this
> times
> and the VRII is my go-to for difficult records.
> I would like to suggest that a manufacturer re-think the stylus for
> 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
> 250-462-7881
> V2A 1K8
> 1-250-462-7881

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