Is this stylus knackered?

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Is this stylus knackered?

Post by paddypaws » 03 Nov 2019 15:54

I think I caught my sleeve on the stylus of my At-120e as I found the cantilever bent sideways by about 30 degrees. I bent it back with tweezers, but the cantilever looks slightly dented. I think it’s straight if a bit wavy on the sides. Has it had it, or would it be okay to use?
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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

Post by Pauw » 03 Nov 2019 16:23

Well some parts of what you say suggest yes......BUT....if you have made a good job of straightening it and the dent in the cantilever is not really too significant ( and it looks that way) ...then the acid test is can you align it and set it up using an old record.....if you can, plus, it performs well and sounds good then you can go on.... :D

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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

Post by circularvibes » 03 Nov 2019 19:58

I would look with a magnifying glass to see 2 things. First if the diamond is sitting straight in the groove. Second if there is a crack in the cantilever at the bend as it will take less weight to snap it and may sound sibilant. I'd use it sparingly until you can get a replacement and keep it as a spare or to play questionable discs. Personally I would never play my absolute best pressings on a repaired stylus but most of my collection is at least slightly less than best and I would not be afraid.

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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

Post by paddypaws » 03 Nov 2019 21:44

Thanks for the advice both, I’ll try it on a rubbish record and see how it sounds. It would be a shame not to use it as it has very little hours on it.

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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

Post by Alec124c41 » 04 Nov 2019 04:04

The question is, does the cantilever still have enough structural integrity? It has been flattened, and has lost some. If it was badly bent, one side might have broken open, and has lost all integrity.

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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

Post by paddypaws » 04 Nov 2019 11:52

I don't think it has broken through the outer skin luckily. I bent it back under a magnifier and it seemed ok. I'll give it a listen and see what happens.

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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

Post by Dutchy » 05 Nov 2019 20:57

and?????

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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

Post by paddypaws » 10 Nov 2019 17:53

It seems to be absolutely fine. Sounds better than the replacement I’ve been using (another identical one).

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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

Post by GuidoK » 10 Nov 2019 20:17

But have you measured it with a test record?
How much µm tracking ability do you get?

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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

Post by paddypaws » 11 Nov 2019 13:00

No I haven't got a test record. I probably should get one if they're still available. It appears to perform really well with the records I've tried.

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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

Post by patient_ot » 11 Nov 2019 14:26

I wouldn't use that, personally.

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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

Post by paddypaws » 11 Nov 2019 22:19

Those prices seem good are non original styli any good though?

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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

Post by Collux » 13 Nov 2019 00:13

paddypaws wrote:
11 Nov 2019 22:19
Those prices seem good are non original styli any good though?
I have not used them.

From a recent post here is a further option:
https://www.lpgear.com/product/ATN120Eb.html

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Re: Is this stylus knackered?

Post by GuidoK » 14 Nov 2019 21:17

I would always go for the original stylus. Thats a nude ellipt (sadly not a rectangle shank but a round shank)
The cheaper aftermarket styli are bonded and thats a difference you'll probably hear near the inner grooves of a record.

The price for that lpgear stylus is a steal (if its a geniune AT). Here in europe they're already €95 and rising.

You can also upgrade to a 440mla stylus, but at prices around $200 that might not be the fantastic deal they once were (3 years ago they were about half that)

So I'd definately go for that LP gear stylus.

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