On the top of the cart is "Ortofon Denmark" and "Patents Pending".
I have come into possession of a Luxman PD131s with an SME 3009 S2 Improved (fixed headshell) but the stylus looks to be in really bad condition, I have no idea of its history and I would like to replace it. I've also been noticing a lot of distortion on S sounds, on multiple records. Research suggests this is likely a cart fault?
I have tried two new Ortofon styli after others identified the cart separately as either an M15E super or an FF15E.
1) M15E Super Stylus. Fits, but doesn't track well, lots of skipping about. Have tried tracking weights 1-1.5g.
2) FF15E - LPgear recommended a VMS3E stylus as replacement. Doesn't fit, the rear post is marginally too large. (https://photos.app.goo.gl/SLdVU4EVOOmPFJI92
- original stylus in white, VMS3E black).
I would be very grateful for any help getting a working cart/stylus into this setup!
Alternatively, are there any carts in common production under £200 that would be a decent alternative to whatever this cart is? I have a Nagoaka MP110 for unrelated reasons, I think this cart would theoretically work but fitting it inside the headshell proved impossible, too wide at the front.
Again, really appreciate any help - I'm quite new to turntables and am trying to learn enough not to ruin any records!