Blue Angel wrote:I still have two of these. One nos cartridge body with no stylus for it and the other doing duty to play my 78's. The one in the pic has been changed with a stiffer suspension and fitted with a conical diamond stylus.
Years ago when I played the cartridge with its original stylus, I never went near 5g - usually playing at 3.5g VTF.
When playing 78's with the modified stylus, I use 4.5g VTF
Perhaps your cartridge has a suspension which has hardened, requiring 5g?
Well perhaps you have the (better) original stylus, not the Mexican-Shure-era stylus. The cartridge works without problems at 4.0g VTF, however on some records the inner grooves are showing a bit of sibilance that is gone with 5.0g VTF. Hence my use of 5g.
I doubt the suspension has been hardened, TBH. The stylus is new and the stock was something like 2002 or 2004.