Anybody know the story on this cartridge???

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Anybody know the story on this cartridge???

Post by Chrisholt212 » 15 Jan 2020 06:51

Is this cartridge worth trying,?? I looked in the database and saw some that looked the same but were different models. I never heard of adc before getting this cartridge. I'm new to the hobby and enjoy trying different vintage carts and comparing them. I have an acutex 320, an empire LTD 400 that I love, a signet Mr 5.0 that sound really nice and now this one. Is it worth a new stylus and a listen??
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Post by raphaelmabo » 15 Jan 2020 08:40

ADC were famous for their "induced magnet" designs. Here you can find a brief story about the designer Peter Pritchard and ADC. It was written after Pritchard passed away.
https://www.stereophile.com/content/peter-pritchard

It looks like the cartridge says LA126 MkIII? I haven't heard about it before. There was a 26 that were quite famous.

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Post by LN Cree » 15 Jan 2020 10:04

In the picture it looks more like ADC LM20 MKIII.
if that helps to identify from your records.

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Post by raphaelmabo » 15 Jan 2020 10:20

LN Cree wrote:
15 Jan 2020 10:04
In the picture it looks more like ADC LM20 MKIII.
if that helps to identify from your records.
Yes, you're right it's LM20, I was fooled by the light reflection on the O so it looked like a 6.
Now, LM = Low Mass. It's easy to find a stylus for it.

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Post by Alec124c41 » 15 Jan 2020 12:53

Yes. ADC made very good cartridges.

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Post by Collux » 15 Jan 2020 14:14

I don't know much about the ADC -LM series but there does seems to have been quite a few models:
https://lptunes.com/pages/search-result ... +lm&page=1

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Post by Chrisholt212 » 15 Jan 2020 16:33

Thanks guys. I think I'll give it a new stylus and see what happens.

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Post by Collux » 15 Jan 2020 22:06

It looks like the ADC 'LM' series are T4P mount cartridges.
The ADC PSX30 & 40 are also T4Ps.

For information on T4P mounts:
viewtopic.php?t=27845
https://www.lpgear.com/category/T4P.html

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Post by denvertrakker » 15 Jan 2020 23:56

Really? Rather obvious from the picture that it's not a P mount...unless that stylus is on the wrong body.

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Re: Anybody know the story on this cartridge???

Post by nat » 16 Jan 2020 00:25

ADC used the same body, though with different inductances and resistances for a long line of cartridges that followed the original XLM. The ADCs I've seen that were Pmount had a different body and different stylus mounting system, but they may have made Pmounts with a variant of the XLM body.
In which case the stylus assembly has been put on a regular body. If the electrical specifications match, no problem. If they don't, the high end may be affected, which may or may not matter to the listener.
Having bloviated enough, I would add that ADCs tend to be fine cartridges, limited mostly by the stylus specification. If the OP can afford a good aftermarket elliptical, I suspect he or she might enjoy it.
But first - it is certain that the current stylus is bad? Quite possible it is fine, and it would be worth trying on an unimportant record to see if the general sound signature is pleasing.

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Post by Chrisholt212 » 16 Jan 2020 07:04

No not sure that the stylus is toast. I will mount and see how well the original sounds, but will order a back up either way. I'll let you know how the original sounds.

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Post by Chrisholt212 » 16 Jan 2020 07:21

It's a standard mount by the way

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Post by wolfie62 » 16 Jan 2020 17:23

You need to measure the coils in the body. See if it measures about 340 ohms; if so, its a bottom tier cart body. QLM 30/32/34. If it measures 830 ohms, it's a top tier body and you can fit top tier styli to it; ZLM/XLM/VLM/QLM 36. As for aftermarket styli, LP Gear styli have performed the most like originals for me; avoid the Pfanstiehl/EVG Swiss, they are not true MI styli.

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