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EVG Styli......from Japan to Switzerland

Postby wolfie62 » 29 Nov 2017 22:36

Bought my first Japanese-made EVG stylus last week for an ADC XLM MK II cartridge. I am very impressed for a $20 stylus! Was told they are made by Jico. But since Jico is raising nearly all their prices, EVG is going to Switzerland to have their styli manufactured.

Word to the wise: Make sure, going forward, that you buy your styli from a trusted source, who will honestly tell you where that stylus is manufactured. Prices are rising, inventory of Japanese styli are being depleted, substitutes will arise with no notice.

Oh....I really love that ADC cartridge! 40 years after the fact, I now understand what the buzz was all about!
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Re: EVG Styli......from Japan to Switzerland

Postby macnoob » 30 Nov 2017 16:09

If you like the ADC with the EVG stylus you should try it with the original ADC stylus, still available from The Voice of Music.

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Re: EVG Styli......from Japan to Switzerland

Postby wolfie62 » 30 Nov 2017 17:54

I have a good NOS stylus for the XLM MK II. It doesn't sound quite as good as the EVG. Could be due to hardening of the elastomer block. I just ordered another EVG from Gary at V of M. He was the one who told me to buy EVG now if I liked it. In the future EVG will be buying from Pfanstiehl due to price hikes by Jico.
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Re: EVG Styli......from Japan to Switzerland

Postby wolfie62 » 30 Nov 2017 18:01

The other reason the EVG sounds better, is that it is a replacement for the XLM MK III, and the ZLM.

http://www.thevoiceofmusic.com/catalog/ ... ?PID=P6136
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Re: EVG Styli......from Japan to Switzerland

Postby Osibisa1 » 01 Dec 2017 23:34

While the Improved version wasn't mentioned, the genuine is available from a vendor in the UK, I've got one in my XLM MK-II that sounds remarkable.

http://www.musonic.co.uk/adc-xlm-mkii-i ... 18221.html
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Re: EVG Styli......from Japan to Switzerland

Postby wolfie62 » 02 Dec 2017 00:47

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I absolutely love that ADC cartridge! It is my favorite of my limited "herd". What do you think of it? I'm listening to it as I write this. Christmas music, Ray Coniff, 1964.

As for buying a NOS stylus, I have found several sources, but I appreciate the added source! Do you think that the age of the elastomer suspension block on these NOS styli stiffens the stylus, adversely affecting the sound? That is why I haven't bought one. I have a NOS XLM MK II stylus. It doesn't sound as good, to me, as this EVG stylus shown in the picture above. It's smooth, but not quite the detail and high end extension.

From Voice of Music, the EVG (Jico) XLM MK III/ZLM stylus is only $12. I'm having a hard time getting motivated to spend 7-8 times more plus shipping, on a NOS stylus. Of course, that could change if the Pfanstiehl stylus doesn't sound good....
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Re: EVG Styli......from Japan to Switzerland

Postby Osibisa1 » 02 Dec 2017 04:00

Well I spent the bucks for one and went back for a 2nd. IIRC in the "improved" version, the elastomer was changed and the two that I have show no evidence of hardening. I was skeptical until exchanging a few emails with the seller.

The cartridge is near & dear to me, so being able to obtain an original NOS in good condition made it worth the effort. Its also currently being used in my 1219.
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Re: EVG Styli......from Japan to Switzerland

Postby wolfie62 » 02 Dec 2017 04:38

I have a Dual 1214. I use it occasionally, but it's noisy and clunky compared to my Denon DP45F, and JVC QL Y5F. I don't get the attraction to Dual 12xx TTs. I got it for playing 78s, and it's great for that. But the more performance I squeeze from the rest of the system, the more it reveals how noisy that Dual is. But it's great for 78s!

I had been looking for an XLM cart for a few weeks. Bought the Integra ST when it was offered for $40 on eBay. Sounds great on the Denon! I was amazed how great the ADC QLM 36 sounds with the EVG stylus. Amazing how good an ADC cart sounds by upgrading the stylus.
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Re: EVG Styli......from Japan to Switzerland

Postby jj208t » 02 Dec 2017 08:32

I am not sure that EVG will be buying from Pfanstiehl because my understanding is that Pfanstiehl buys from JICO and a manufacturing company in Switzerland. EVG may just buy from the manufacturer in Switzerland. I have contacts at both companies so maybe I can find out for sure. There should still be a good supply of EVG/JICO from Voice of Music, eBay sellers needledaddy1, stereoneedleslady, and andydeals. There are too many others to list who are styli resellers. Myself included. Many EV and EVG styli were made by JICO since the 1960's. EVG uses both alphanumeric schemes from EV and Pfanstiehl. Here is a cross reference of the more popular aftermarket styli which may make it easier for you to find a particular stylus:
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http://www.russellind.com/client/download/top-137.pdf
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Re: EVG Styli......from Japan to Switzerland

Postby vinyl master » 02 Dec 2017 09:25

Thanks for the reply, jj208t...It's good to have a seller of these things as a VE member...The genuine EVG stuff has mostly proved to be of very good quality...Of course, everyone's mileage may vary...Still, it's good to know that there are many sellers out there selling styli, other than the more well-known sources, so the supply should be good for a while, hopefully...Then again, it never hurts to stock up when you can...
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Re: EVG Styli......from Japan to Switzerland

Postby jj208t » 02 Dec 2017 18:00

Vinyl Master,

Thank you for the kind words. I did stock up on EVG styli for the GE VR 1000 cartridges. I bought everything that Russell Industries(parent company of EVG) had. No one manufactures styli for the GE VR stereo cartridges anymore. Anything out there is NOS. Even the tooling for that stylus is gone.
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Re: EVG Styli......from Japan to Switzerland

Postby wolfie62 » 03 Dec 2017 02:33

Just wanted to give a "heads up".

Daunting to keep up with the market changes and sources. But, Jico is in demand, and sources for quite a few other styli suppliers. Makes sense they would raise prices. Perhaps the manufacturer in Switzerland will improve their processes and quality to compete? Competition benefits all of us. Especially those of us who love our vintage cartridges.
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Re: EVG Styli from Japan to Switzerland

Postby jj208t » 31 Jan 2018 03:24

More EVG styli for the GE VR 1000 were discovered in the warehouse. About 75. I have about that many myself. Which is probably a lifetime supply for me and my heir. I do not know where the information is coming from about EVG switching to Swiss manufactured styli. I am not saying that it is not true. I deal directly with EVG and my salesperson flatly told me that they do not discuss who they source from. All that I can add is that I hope they continue to source from Japan. JICO and Nagaoka are fine with me ! Prices at both EVG and Pfanstiehl are increasing and models are being cut due to the sharp increase in price of diamonds.
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Re: EVG Styli from Japan to Switzerland

Postby donovan » 01 Feb 2018 03:59

There is some stylus made in Columbia by Normarh. It is sold mainly in Canada. Anyone used this brand and can comment on it's quality or lack of?
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Re: EVG Styli from Japan to Switzerland

Postby Spinner45 » 01 Feb 2018 06:19

jj208t wrote:More EVG styli for the GE VR 1000 were discovered in the warehouse. About 75. I have about that many myself. Which is probably a lifetime supply for me and my heir. I do not know where the information is coming from about EVG switching to Swiss manufactured styli. I am not saying that it is not true. I deal directly with EVG and my salesperson flatly told me that they do not discuss who they source from. All that I can add is that I hope they continue to source from Japan. JICO and Nagaoka are fine with me ! Prices at both EVG and Pfanstiehl are increasing and models are being cut due to the sharp increase in price of diamonds.


Interesting comment about the price of diamonds.
I wonder what the reasoning is as such phono "diamond" styli are actually lab-grown "synthetic" diamonds, a carbon based material.
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