donovan wrote:Just got the Stanton 600 and liking it a lot.
I found someone selling Stanton D6003EE aftermarket stylus(1-2 grams tracking).....it sounds very nice.
Why did Stanton discontinue this cartridge?
That's a good question.
This cartridge is indeed, a sort of a "sleeper".
Certainly is capable of great performance.
However, they never gained much popularity.
Maybe because they came after two well-established products by Stanton/Pickering and never managed to find a dedicated crowd.
Plus, they were probable never marketed adequately.
If you look into the history you'll find out that in its heyday, Stanton/Pickering was employing a "barebones"-type of marketing, oriented mostly towards the engineer/professional crowd.
In terms of performance (and sound character), i guess it falls somewhere between the two famous families: the 680 and 500 series.
I have a few styi (NOS) for it. The Pickering DACEIV, DATIV, DAMIV and DAMEIV.
My personal preference among those, is for the DATIV and DACEIV.
I guess the Stanton D6003EE aftermarket stylus, is more similar to my DAMEIV(?).
Strong points for this body-type are a rich sound (similar to the 500 series), combined with an extended top (similar to that of the 680). One could argue it's a "perfect" blend of the two...