delcam1n0 wrote:Hi Jan,
If it is a genuine B&O cartridge/stylus assembly it will be
stamped with the proper logo & model number on the lower
flat side of the cartridge assembly. If that is absent it is -
most likely - a 3rd party wannabe.
As this is a cartridge prepared to be mounted on
arms other than the B&O ST/P or /L it will have
1/4 inch "mounting ears" fitted to the top of the
In other words, it cannot be a SP2.
I have two of these unbranded carts (as well as 2 genuine ones which I bought new from Radio TV Holscher which Jos may remember.
In fact, I am about to fit a new stylus/cantilever to one I recently got from a customer to hear what it sounds like.
I'm not doubting Jos' reproduction theory but the manufacturing quality of my two nameless ones are very good. If are were indeed generics, the fakers must have gone to an awful lot of trouble to get their copying up to this standard - both inside and out.
Later models of these carts have a beautiful silvery finish and the 'turret' over the needle is clear acrylic.
Although I have the 1/2"-spaced ears, this gadget doesn't fit too well as the 4 holes for the cart pins doesn't line up exactly and besides, I don't like low riders too much at the specced 15degrees.
Could it be that B&O used a sticker on the space Jos mentioned and that the sticker came off with the passage of time?