lini wrote:Well, there used to be quite a few cartridges with Be cantilevers. AT had several models, so did Yamaha. However, one of the first ones probably was B&O's MMC6000. JVC also had a couple, like for example the Z-1 and X-2. Pioneer had at least one (PC1000/II). As most sophisticated Be cantiler ever I'd nominate the one of the Yamaha MC1000, which sported a tapered Be tube with diamond coating. And sometimes BE also was used as coating, like for example on the alu cantilever of the Philips GP922/Z.
Personally I'm very fond of Be cantilevers ever since I had got my Yamaha MC-505 (also with tapered Be tube - no extra coating, though). However, currently I've only got two types of AT needles with BE cantilevers (both straight rods, no coating) in my collection - the ATN150E and the ATN152LP, both pretty good...
And yup, Yamaha has also used it for the tweeters in their NS-1000 speakers. I'm not aware of any others, however - at least not before JMlab/Focal came up with their own BE tweeter much later...
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Manfred / lini
This has been a most informative thread.
I have just been through my cartridge drawer and found an AT32E, AT-F5OCC, (both Be) Yam MC7 (new) but alas I cannot find my JVC Z1 (the only one to draw me away from my Decca London back in the 70's).
These are all as supplied new. So now it is time to see the condition of them, and shall prepare for any disappointment.
One of my favourites is the Tech EPC100 built in headshell on an SL1000. Does anyone here know if this was Titanium as they did a few with this material. I should think that Titanium would be a good alternative to Be, wouldn't it?
I shall still keep the NS1000 fused though.
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