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Technics SH-100S Headshell

Postby sepultura » 25 Dec 2016 12:10

A few years ago i bought a Technics SL-D303, but didn't recognize the headshell that came with it. I just found out it must be the Technics SH-100S Headshell (see the picture) and it is in good condition.

Can anyone please confirm if the headshell i've got is really the same (rare) headshell as I see going around on the internet (e-bay)?

In the headshell it says: R-1-1 made in Japan.

Thanks in advance for any further information or confirmation.
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Re: Technics SH-100S Headshell

Postby paki976 » 25 Dec 2016 18:33

This headshell is the standard on SL-1300-1400-1500 MK2 turntables, and some EPA tonearms. There were 2 versions, one aluminium and another more exotic with lettering on side (boron?). Yours is missing the plastic scale on top.

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Re: Technics SH-100S Headshell

Postby sepultura » 25 Dec 2016 20:51

Oke Fabrizio, many thanks for this information.
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Re: Technics SH-100S Headshell

Postby dutchflea » 26 Dec 2016 00:06

It is the SH-100s headshell, but incomplete: it misses the plastic to part for readout of the overhang scale.

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Actually it is not as rare as you seem to think as there were many, many SL-1300-1310-1400-1410-1500-1510MK2 turntables made in the '77 to '79 period.

Since it is incomplete and not that rare, don't get your hopes up high for selling it for a lot of money on ebay. ;) Just keep it and use it, if you like it. I think it is a bit on the heavy side with 9+ grams. The newer Technics headshells were 7+ grams, which is better for most arms and cartridges.

PS Nice place Graft, I grew up in the adjecent De Rijp! ;)
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Re: Technics SH-100S Headshell

Postby sepultura » 26 Dec 2016 10:32

Hi Dutchflea,

What a coincidence you grew up in De Rijp, nice.
Off course now i’m curious who’s behind Dutchflea, I will PM you.

But thanks for answering my questions.
I was thinking about replacing it for a newer Technics or a new Audio Technica (AT-HS1 or AT HS10) headshell. After I found out it had to be the SH-100S Headshell, I thought replacing it would be a downgrade.

When you say it’s a little on the heavy side, maybe replacing it, is still a good idea.
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Re: Technics SH-100S Headshell

Postby kenny500c » 18 Jul 2017 22:24

Yes it is rare, I bought 3 headshells and carts from a guy on CL for $15, one of these was an SH-100s without the plastic scale and sold it in a few hours for $75 on ebay.

BTW the Technics SL-1300-1310-1400-1410-1500-1510MK2 all came with the SH-98 headshell.
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Re: Technics SH-100S Headshell

Postby Sunwire » 18 Jul 2017 23:46

I have a couple of these headshells.
I like the scale and also the damping material added to the top of the headshell to reduce resonance.
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Re: Technics SH-100S Headshell

Postby Genghis6400 » 15 Dec 2017 17:09

Correcto!! there are 2 version of this shell, cast Aluminum and the Boron version that came with the EPA-100 mkii Boron tonearm.
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Re: Technics SH-100S Headshell

Postby Sunwire » 15 Dec 2017 20:40

If you plan to keep using the AT95E cartridge, moving to a lighter headshell would be a mistake.
The AT95E is pretty low compliance. If anything, it might work better with MORE weight on the headshell.
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