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Unknown cartridge

Posted: 20 Jun 2019 21:44
by ikap60
Hello, do you know what this head is, brand, and can I find a needle for it ?! #-o

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 20 Jun 2019 23:06
by nat
That's quite a distinctive logo, so Lini or someone else will probably nail it shortly.
Is the cartridge loose in the headshell? It looks tilted and cocked, and only one screw is visible, and maybe it's not on the cartridge.

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 21 Jun 2019 00:46
by ikap60
I removed it halfway, if I need more pictures, I will only post it, because I removed it in the meantime ?!

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 21 Jun 2019 11:20
by Solist
You sure its not diy, lets make the cartridge look nicer kind of situation?

The rather poor alignment of the logo and the fact that it looks to be drawn with a sharpie makes me think this. Might be wrong.

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 21 Jun 2019 15:13
by tcolegrove
That does look odd. I've been doing this a long time and have never seen a cartridge with those type of markings. Can we get a few more pics from different angles (and better lighting)?

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 21 Jun 2019 15:38
by Japi Roelofs
What turntable is it on?

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 21 Jun 2019 20:38
by Pikey
Well, that looks like some sort of heraldic shield doesn't it? ... if it was black and white it would be something like 'barry of ten sable and argent' or something like that ... the bar across? ... no idea! Of course without colours it's meaningless.

most likely it's something completely different ...

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 21 Jun 2019 20:59
by tcolegrove
Pikey wrote:
21 Jun 2019 20:38
Well, that looks like some sort of heraldic shield doesn't it?
That's it! It's Mickey Mouse's Coat of Arms (it's upside-down). :)

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 23 Jun 2019 04:47
by 62vauxhall
Whereabouts is the cartridge?

This is real long shot but that stylized U caused a brief memory flash of the name Unitron. That was a house brand of a long gone chain of stereo stores in Western Canada called Millers.

There are re-branded "gold glob" Empire cartridges with the entire name "Unitron" spelled out on the bottom. There were other Unitron branded products as well but big enough to have the brand name appear in it's entirety.

But that "U" (if that's what it is) looks very vaguely familiar. My thought was that Miller's contracted with a cartridge maker other than Empire but the product had insufficient surface to embellish it "Unitron" so they came up with that "U".

Probably complete speculation on my part but....??

Nothing to offer re the three symbols on the diagonal other than triple Mitsubishi logos.

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 23 Jun 2019 12:05
by cafe latte
Looks like it would take a Shure stylus.
Chris

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 24 Jun 2019 03:33
by 62vauxhall
Or an Excel.

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 24 Jun 2019 06:48
by themisto462
ikap60 wrote:
20 Jun 2019 21:44
Hello, do you know what this head is, brand, and can I find a needle for it ?! #-o
I believe, it could be a Tesla OEM cartridge. Maybe one of the VM 21xx or VM 22xx series.
Tesla VM 2102.jpg
Tesla VM 2102 (picture from the www)
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Tesla VM 2103.jpg
Tesla VM 2103 (picture from the www)
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Regards.

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 24 Jun 2019 09:31
by ikap60
I tried Shure N75, a needle, it can not, it's a bigger cantilever, but it looks like Tesla ?! :)

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 24 Jun 2019 11:00
by Japi Roelofs
Themisto462 is right, it's made by/for Tesla, the cartridge is also known under the Supraphon and Lenco name. I have a Lenco M200 cartridge that is slightly different (the pin layout on the back looks different, also the side of black plastic part of the body is straight). But Lenco M300, M350 and M400 styli should fit.

The logo on it is something I've never seen before though, that's why I asked what turntable it is on.

Re: Unknown cartridge

Posted: 24 Jun 2019 11:07
by ikap60
Turntable is Technics, so I did not specify a model...