1200y3 wrote:A micro-ridge and hyper-elliptical are extremely sensitive to compliance, which is also relative to cantilever mass.
I think you mean "extremely sensitive to VTA".
Compliance is directly set by the rubber cushion around the cantilever, not exactly by the cantilever mass.
1200y3 wrote:A conical with a low mass cantilever can sound amazing. I did a lot of work figuring out how to remove cantilever haze, and discovered that without extreme factors, line contacts and micro-ridges are dangerous.
1200y3 wrote:Take Shure's V15 IV and then their berrillium designs, both quite impractical for the manufacturer. The berrillium was simply a way of avoiding extra work to perfect a standard cantilever.
So the low mass of berilium has nothing to do with it? Then technics was wrong to use pure boron as cantilever, since a "standard" (aluminium) one is the best? The fact that technics was able to achieve a frequency response up to 100KHz on his best boron-cantilever cartridges means nothing?
1200y3 wrote:Then the V15 IV had a telescoped cantilever with a two piece bearing and it was famous for its conical stylus.
I thought it was famous for it's HE (Hyper Elliptical) stylus.
1200y3 wrote:An MR can surely get some tight detail, but a great conical is the most inviting sound.
This is subjective and i bet that what you are trying to express is: "I prefer the even harmonic DISTORTION caused by the spherical stylus, it sounds more pleasing than the CLEAN, UNDISTORTED sound you can get with a more advanced stylus.
1200y3 wrote:The best toss-up performance was the hyper-elliptical, but still required technical detailing (compliance, low size cantilever, damped cartridge body, nude stylus, etc).
All stylii benefit from improving on all those aspects, regardless of the stylus shape.
1200y3 wrote:If you find a broken stylus but still attached (cracked) it will sound close to an MR. The cantilever mass is has been reduced on the stylus tip.
Great, so instead of spending $200 or more on an micro ridge stylus, let's get a damaged spherical, since it "sounds pretty close to a MR"...