dlaloum wrote: The real difference between SAS and HE is the cantilever and not the needle, if you put a HE on the SAS cantilever, my guess is that it would sound indistinguishable from the SAS.
This is something that I have suspected. Before subscribing to VE, the only point of reference available to me were hi-fi magazines and manufacturers literature and it seemed as though stylus shape was everything.
My alternative suggestion would be to seek out a decent spherical/conical stylus for your "beater", and use the SAS at all other times.
As far as I know, there are 2 sources of aftermarket styli for Shure cartridges, Switzerland and Japan, (i.e. PFANSTIEHL and JICO). The construction of the Japan based styli are visually
identical to the OEM SHURE styli. The Swiss made styli leave out several components. viewtopic.php?f=19&t=48779
I'm not an engineer but my guess is that these components were excluded from the Swiss styli not for sonic reasons but were excluded for ease of procuring parts and ease of manufacturing.