Shure V15-type III

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Shure V15-type III

Post by mjz » 01 Feb 2019 16:39

I have a Shure V15 type III cartridge on my old Technics SL-D2 turntable and love the sound of this cartridge. I am looking to get a new turntable (perhaps Technics 1500C) and wonder if the new tonearms won't match with this cartridge very well (low mass is best for the Shure).

Anyone have a Shure V15? What turntable do you have it on? thanks

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Re: Shure V15-type III

Post by Spinner45 » 01 Feb 2019 18:40

I don't think you would experience any problems with the Shure.
You're more likely to have problems finding a new stylus for them since they've stopped manufacture.
In that case, I'd suggest Audio Technica.

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Re: Shure V15-type III

Post by DualSpinsMyVinyl » 02 Feb 2019 02:01

I have a Shure V15 III and use it on a Dual 1219 and Dual 1249. It works very well on both. Just balance the tone arm, adjust the VTF, and away you go. Both turntables have medium light tone arms. The 1219 will adjust down to 0 and up to 5.25 grams VTF. The 1249 adjusts down to 0 and up to 3 grams VTF. Replacement stylus are readily available in a range of prices. I have a JICO VN35HE at the present time on the cartridge and it performs just as well as the JICO SAS on my M97xE. So no problem there.

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Re: Shure V15-type III

Post by lbls1 » 02 Feb 2019 08:00

I have this on my vintage 1990 1200 mk3. Its a great cartridge on an impeccable turntable.

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Re: Shure V15-type III

Post by jbp » 02 Feb 2019 08:47

My Pickup is a Shure V15 II which I use on my Thorens TD 124 ll with SME 3009 - still working well...

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Re: Shure V15-type III

Post by Sterling1 » 15 Feb 2019 14:10

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OP,
You will need to shim the V15III with a 2mm spacer to properly level the 15mm tall cartridge on any of the recent Technics offerings. Without the spacer the cart will set tail high. Here's a 15mm tall V15V-MR with SAS, which had to be shimmed. Now the cart is level with VTA set at Zero.

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Re: Shure V15-type III

Post by Spinner45 » 15 Feb 2019 18:09

Sterling1 wrote:
15 Feb 2019 14:10
44198606700_d08cb02a51_z.jpgOP,
You will need to shim the V15III with a 2mm spacer to properly level the 15mm tall cartridge on any of the recent Technics offerings. Without the spacer the cart will set tail high. Here's a 15mm tall V15V-MR with SAS, which had to be shimmed. Now the cart is level with VTA set at Zero.
A lot of modern cartridges these days seem to advertize having a vertical tracking angle of 20 degrees.
I've read that on here, as well as other internet sites.
It seems it has to do with the cutting lathe angle during manufacture.

The Shure V15's use a 15 degree angle (stated in their literature).
The Pickering series of "XV15's" also seems to follow that specification.
Now doesn't that upset the VTA-obsessed crowd that's so entrenched in absolute alignment perfection?
Wouldn't a "tail up" situation be more in line with things?

Granted, cartridges are designed to be ideally installed with their top surface parallel to the record, and those with record changers like the Duals, Garrards, etc., must deal with a 2 or 3 degree change over a stack being played.
Of course, these are naturally trivial amounts to the average person, and shouldn't be an issue.
I, along with others that I know, cannot hear any horrible differences of several degrees, so how much justification is reasonable in doing such a critical alignment?
And I must add to that, the records themselves - how does one actually know when they've been cut at 15 OR 20 degrees?
Is there a clue on the label? - or an etched marking on the inner lead-out area?
All this seems to be a bit too confusing for the common man to play records.

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Re: Shure V15-type III

Post by Sterling1 » 15 Feb 2019 18:23

Spinner45 wrote:
15 Feb 2019 18:09
Sterling1 wrote:
15 Feb 2019 14:10
44198606700_d08cb02a51_z.jpgOP,
You will need to shim the V15III with a 2mm spacer to properly level the 15mm tall cartridge on any of the recent Technics offerings. Without the spacer the cart will set tail high. Here's a 15mm tall V15V-MR with SAS, which had to be shimmed. Now the cart is level with VTA set at Zero.
A lot of modern cartridges these days seem to advertize having a vertical tracking angle of 20 degrees.
I've read that on here, as well as other internet sites.
It seems it has to do with the cutting lathe angle during manufacture.

The Shure V15's use a 15 degree angle (stated in their literature).
The Pickering series of "XV15's" also seems to follow that specification.
Now doesn't that upset the VTA-obsessed crowd that's so entrenched in absolute alignment perfection?
Wouldn't a "tail up" situation be more in line with things?

Granted, cartridges are designed to be ideally installed with their top surface parallel to the record, and those with record changers like the Duals, Garrards, etc., must deal with a 2 or 3 degree change over a stack being played.
Of course, these are naturally trivial amounts to the average person, and shouldn't be an issue.
I, along with others that I know, cannot hear any horrible differences of several degrees, so how much justification is reasonable in doing such a critical alignment?
And I must add to that, the records themselves - how does one actually know when they've been cut at 15 OR 20 degrees?
Is there a clue on the label? - or an etched marking on the inner lead-out area?
All this seems to be a bit too confusing for the common man to play records.
Shure mounting instructions, as well as instructions from turntable manufacturers such as Technics, indicate a level cartridge is what is desired. Following the manufacturers suggestions, so far, I've gotten a tone which is virtually indistinguishable from CDs of same music.

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Re: Shure V15-type III

Post by lenjack » 15 Feb 2019 22:02

It will be fine.

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