Stylus for Z100

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Mikecl
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Stylus for Z100

Post by Mikecl » 21 Nov 2019 15:40

Trying to get mine going again and what’s on it now is a Pickering xv-15 I’m wondering what stylus will match well with the Zero 100.

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Re: Stylus for Z100

Post by DSJR » 21 Nov 2019 22:35

See if a '625' stylus can still be got for your Pickering body. We Brits never used the stylus brush and removed them on these and Stanton siblings. The Zero should be fine at 1.5g.

New cartridges? the AT 520 (around a hundred dollars/UK pounds should be fine, tracking at 1.8g or so. Ortofon OM10/OM20 should be good too (I've used a 520mk2 successfully). For a vintage tone, the Sumiko Pearl should be fine (I don't know the new ones up from that). The Grado Black seems tolerant of massy arms these days and maybe a Nagaoka 110

OK so far?

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Re: Stylus for Z100

Post by Mikecl » 21 Nov 2019 23:28

I can’t find much info on the 625 stylus I was looking at the Nagaoka 110 but how is the tone on that one?

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Re: Stylus for Z100

Post by DSJR » 22 Nov 2019 18:27

Similar I'd say, but watch warped records as it's a long cantilever and the arm isn't the most stable over ripply warped records for some reason (centre of gravity or summat maybe?) if mine is anything to go by. I wasn't over-keen on original Nagaoka MP10 or 11 back in the day, but I could be doing them a huge disservice. prices have again shot up and my own suggestion would be the Sumiko Pearl which is still well priced at just over $100 (£120 in the UK) I think.

The XV15 625E is this -

http://www.pickeringuk.com/625E.html

During the 80's, it was 'recommended' in the HiFi Choice test books and tracking at 1.5g, it should be just fine. UK prices all but doubled some time back after the 2008 'crash' and subsequent £ devaluing took their toll and since then, I've no idea if these original styli can still be got -

http://www.pickeringuk.com/styli.html

A quick Google round indicates that this may be the last place you can find originals.


P.S. Do you use 'digital' sources? If like me you do and don't want records to sound dull and thicker toned in comparison, you'd do a lot worse than an Ortofon OM10 in this arm. It's 'brightly lit' I admit, but to me, it can bring some much needed life and sparkle to vinyl and it shouldn't sound too 'raw' in this deck tracking at 1.5g or so...

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Re: Stylus for Z100

Post by T68 » 23 Nov 2019 14:13

I think you will be happy with a Shure M75 cartridge with a Jico elliptical stylus on this bad boy. I am!

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