lini wrote:Jd: That's one of AT's many "renames", basically an AT11E, just with the newer, white mounting frame - decent body, entry-level elliptical needle (ATS11E). If you'd upgrade that with an original ATN12XE, it would be about on level with the current VM530EN, but you could also go for an ATN12S or ATS12S, if you'd like to try a Shibata needle. The latter should still be available from BBE (adelcom.net) for not quite 110 bucks, which would still be a very fair price.
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Manfred / lini
Thanks for the website info.
I can see that an original stylus replacement for this cartridge is around $77 and an aftermarket unit for $32. My thought is this: Do I want to invest money into a 40+ year old cartridge? I am only assuming that the stylus is bad. I just know that I got a very distorted sound out of one channel when I tried after it had been sitting idle for several years.
Some sources tell me that cartridges last for years and other sources say that any electronic component can deteriorate over time. I think that maybe it may not be a good idea to replace the stylus or upgrade either. I have the new AT95E that I have been enjoying the heck out of, and it might be a better idea that I should save my pennies towards a future upgrade such as the VM530M you mentioned. I've already been looking at some of these in any case.
I still have that AT216EP with its universal adapter set-up which I mounted into a headshell finally, but have yet to try it on the turntable. It features a nude Shibata stylus as well.