sl-qd35 wrote:flavio81, your list of three replacement stylii for the P23 is fantastic! In my searches, I had found the HE from LP Gear (in addition to their elliptical and conical varieties), but had no clue the Shibata and SAS replacement stylii were available.
Here's my question: given the BOTL nature of the SL-B210, where should I draw the line in terms of replacement stylii? In other words, are the SAS and Shibata overkill for the B210? For that matter, is the HE overkill for the B210?
Not at all. Try it. Try the Shibata better.
But, mind you, some days ago i tried a Pioneer PC-250T instead of the Techics P202C and i liked it very much. Frequency response was noticeably more neutral (note that the Technics is not with its original stylus
). FYI, the Pioneer is a disguised Audio-Technica AT101P or 3472P. The stylus (Pioneer) is a lowly bonded conical but, on the microscope, it is an interesting kind of bonded stylus since the shank is very short compared to other bonded styli. It tracks very well, even on inner grooves on most records
. The P202C also tracked very well on inner grooves with the HE stylus, but i think the HE's stylus mass is higher, since the shank was longer than the Pioneer's.
As i wrote before, the Technics P202C with the HE stylus mistracked (distorted) on very loud passages. I bet this would not happen with the original technics stylus, since it was an ultra-low-mass (<0.2mg) diamond with an ultra-low-mass-ultra-high-stiffness boron cantilever... The Pioneer-branded Audio-Technica tracks like a champion.
So maybe you can check out Audio-Technica's p-mount offerings, starting with the AT92ECD. For the price, it is a total steal.