Shure M95ED with oem stylus?

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bra10n
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Shure M95ED with oem stylus?

Post by bra10n » 20 Jan 2019 08:28

I recently acquired this cart after buying an arm for a project so it essentially owes me nothing. I am however a little bewildered at the condition of this piece which also measures very well in terms of channel balance; L 1515 & R 1519 ohms. If I'm correct this model was a step down from the Shure V15 range of carts. At a guess the stylus looks to be an oem stylus with guard...

If somebody could take a look and confirm this I'd appreciate it. Also is a Jico replacement stylus still the way forward with these? If so, to what level Jico offering would suit a daily driver? Or am I underestimating this cart?

I have not tried the stylus so I don't know what it sounds like nor do I have the magnification to inspect it so it is an unknown still at this point in time.

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Re: Shure M95ED with oem stylus?

Post by Richard Coxon » 20 Jan 2019 10:23

Looks like an original stylus to me.I use a Jico hyper eliptical stylus on mine on a SME 3009 II improved and it produces excellent results.

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Re: Shure M95ED with oem stylus?

Post by bra10n » 20 Jan 2019 11:47

Thanks Richard. That's reassuring. I hope the tip is at least useable so I can get some idea of how it sounds.

I just happened across a replacement stylus, a Jico SaS with a boron cantilever but not directly from Jico which seems odd. I will email Jico and ask whether they actually make such a replacement of course. If so I'm definitely interested to see what this cart is capable of... 8)

Also, can someone confirm if the N97 stylus also fits this cart.

cheers

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Re: Shure M95ED with oem stylus?

Post by Richard Coxon » 20 Jan 2019 13:22

Try using a jewellers eyeglass to check the condition of the stylus.I have used Thakker replacement N95ED styli with the cartridge and found them quite good.I had heard these were manufactured by Jico.

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Re: Shure M95ED with oem stylus?

Post by Tinkaroo » 20 Jan 2019 13:35

I have an original N75ED stylus which looks like the one in your picture.

I also have an SAS stylus which looks exactly like the one pictured here:
https://www.lpgear.com/product/e007429SAS.html

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Re: Shure M95ED with oem stylus?

Post by bra10n » 20 Jan 2019 21:15

Thanks for the link. Interestingly that particular stylus doesn't show up on any lpgear.com searches. Geoblocking?

Anyway saves me an email to Jico.

cheers,

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Re: Shure M95ED with oem stylus?

Post by hugo casassanta » 20 Jan 2019 21:30

That's an OEM Shure stylus and, at least to me, that pre-new style Shure logo on the frontpiece suggests it is "Made in the USA", which is great. I've got one of these carts and it is a fantastic tracker, with a lively, dynamic sound. One of my faves.

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Re: Shure M95ED with oem stylus?

Post by bra10n » 20 Jan 2019 21:58

Thank you. As I said above I have no idea of the hours on this stylus so I'm hoping it provides me with a tonal baseline. I'm interested in feedback from anyone who has tried various tip profiles and the specific differences heard. Of course, also anyone that's used the Jico boron/SaS combination for comparison...I guess I'm looking for that 'sweet spot' for an ongoing daily driver. I'm happy to shell-out for a descent profile if this cart warrants it.

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