midfi wrote:lessee if I can get a "hit" on this one. What are the pros and cons of each. Wear and tear of the vinyl? Difference in sound? Snip…
I count 129 conical styluses with 0.6-mil tips at the Cartridge Database and surely more to be discovered in the future. Many elliptical ride higher at 0.7. Back then it was kind of a standard. So anyone wanting to find the Holy Grail, the virgin vinyl, would use a conical.
Some people recommend using conical when records are noisy but don’t say why. Conical tips reach below damage or noise. And the reverse- some say their elliptical styluses makes noisy records. Could it be because someone abused a 0.6 conical tip in grooves which automatically damages anything above? Again, the 0.7 elliptical would read higher in the groove.
Because of more pressure at a concentrated point, conical tips wear the vinyl faster. With a good system, it might take 100 plays or more before the wear is noticed. But the conical leaves so many areas fresh for other tips. I think you’ll tire of a record before the wear is noticed.
Alignments are not nearly as crucial with a conical tip.
An elliptical tip CAN (not WILL as people and marketing say) sound better at the end of a record much like a performance car can go faster then a sports car in hairpin turns. But the road was designed for the sports car or worse. A record is designed to use a conical tip and the elliptical tip gets very little use out of its potential.
Use a conical on 45’s or prepare to cut a new groove.
Concial tips are used on cheap cartridges so classic cartridges with conical tips but great sounding are lumped in the same category.
Conical tips are bargains because people don’t see them.