AT100E, AT3500S, or AT3500ED?

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AT100E, AT3500S, or AT3500ED?

Post by Sunwire » 20 Jul 2019 21:18

I want to mount up one of these three cartridge bodies.
I have a couple of styli that fit them, including one replacement stylus that has a carbon fibre cantilever I'm interested in trying.
Is there any reason to choose one body over another?
Superficially, they appear identical, except for two things:
1) The AT100E and AT3500ED have black paint on the metal shield.
2) If you look in the round hole where the plastic stylus carrier plugs in, the AT100E and AT3500ED have "N" and "4" imprinted in the plastic at the bottom of the hole. The "N" is on top, the "4" below. The AT3500S has "S" and "2" imprinted in the same place.
Anybody know what these letters and numbers mean?
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Re: AT100E, AT3500S, or AT3500ED?

Post by Collux » 20 Jul 2019 23:50

How do the carts measure electrically?
If they are the same or very similar, then maybe the letters & numbers are notation used by the factory for the to be fitted styli?

Alternatively they could indicate production runs, end customers, factory information etc.

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Re: AT100E, AT3500S, or AT3500ED?

Post by Sunwire » 21 Jul 2019 00:46

My meters have all quit working, unfortunately.

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Re: AT100E, AT3500S, or AT3500ED?

Post by BMRR » 22 Jul 2019 00:08

Assuming that the "S" in AT3500S follows the typical Audio-Technica naming convention, that cartridge is probably lower inductance than the other two and was probably originally equipped with a Shibata stylus. These lower inductance bodies often had lower output too, if I remember correctly.

If you happen to have an ATN12S stylus (or the JICO equivalent), it would probably work well in that body, assuming my theory is correct. I'm not sure how the low inductance bodies sound if you downgrade them to a non-Shibata stylus. Might be fine but I've never heard that combination with my own ears.

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