jnjansen wrote:Thanks for your responses! Ripblade, if I decide to go with the Red Ed now or down the road, what replacement styli should I be looking for? Ed says its a generic Goldring Elektra, so should I search for Goldring replacements?
The cartridge body is the same, but the stylus is considerably inferior, as observed under a microscope. The stylus assembly for the Goldring Elektra and Music Hall Tracker should fit the Red Ed and should be of much higher quality, otherwise how can they justify the considerable price difference?
As you might've guessed, I haven't tried them, but I'd like to. I really liked the sound of the Red Ed (bright, punchy, lively) but couldn't get it to track as well as claimed with the Pfanstiehl needle. Looking at it's construction under the m'scope made me uncomfortable with using it. It's adequate...but no more than that.