alfredjacobs wrote:One last question, perhaps. Can a regular stereo ceramic cartridge without a flip over stylus play true mono records? I won't really be playing 78's so maybe I don't need a flip over, but I do need a quality cartridge and stylus that can play both stereo and mono. The hifi has a setting for stereo or mono on the records player channel. Any suggestions for a fixed stylus ceramic stereo cartridge? Thanks.
Yes it can. A stereo cartridge playing a mono record is fine. A mono catridge playing a stereo record is not always fine; modern mono carts are OK but the ones made in the 1950s can damage a stereo record.
The BSR SC12 is actually now sold with a flipover stylus that is LP on both sides, since the decline of demand for 78 styli. So essentially you are getting double the stylus life - flip it over after 500 hours or so of use. Its fine for mono records too.