aT stylus for Linn K-18 ?

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aT stylus for Linn K-18 ?

Post by audiopile » 30 Jul 2013 05:39

It seems probable that the Linn K-9 and K-18 were Audio technicas under their kilts.Other than the stylus fixing bolt ( which none of the AT's have) -does anyone know if any quality AT styli of the present day will fit/work in a K-18 ?

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Re: aT stylus for Linn K-18 ?

Post by dlaloum » 30 Jul 2013 13:12

Current AT95 styli will fit that body - the body is an AT95 type with surround mods...
The AT90/92 styli can also be used

Use the AT95 styli if you want medium compliance, and AT92 for high compliance.

On the AT92 you may need to carve away some excess plastic from the stylus holder...

All of these are very economical, and there are aftermarket high quality shibata, HE or VL profile needles.

The body is also used in the Clearaudio cartridges, and there are threads on here, as well as at Audiokarma and Audiocircle with regards to fitting AT95 needles to them...

hope that helps

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Re: aT stylus for Linn K-18 ?

Post by Debs » 30 Jul 2013 13:30

The Linn Basik was an AT95 with a conical stylus - the AT95E has an elliptical stylus.

The K5/K9/K18 were all developments of this, the K18 having a better interface between the cartridge body and the stylus housing (the socket headed bolt).

The AT95E stylus will fit a K9 so I see no reason why it will not fit a K18. However, the Linn cartridge body has a sloping front whereas the AT95 has a square front. The upshot of this is that if you fit an AT95 stylus to a Linn body you get a visible 'step' between them at the front. This poses no problems other than aesthetics.

However, given that an AT95E stylus is only about £10 cheaper than the complete cartridge (at least over here in the UK), and given the historically 'variable' nature of the Linn K18s, it might be better to replace it with a complete AT95E.

Other (more expensive) options are the AT95SA (with Shibata stylus) available from LP Gear: http://www.lpgear.com/product/LPGAT95SA.html

Or the AT95VL (with ViVid Line stylus): http://www.lpgear.com/product/LPGAT95VL.html

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Re: aT stylus for Linn K-18 ?

Post by pchap » 04 Aug 2013 10:16

I use the ATN3472SE on my K-18, only $35 from Needle Doctor. You have to trim the ears slightly to get it to fit, the ears provide the grip to keep the stylus on the cartridge. The profile is .3 x .7.

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Re: aT stylus for Linn K-18 ?

Post by pchap » 04 Aug 2013 10:26

I put a photo of my K9 with an AT 101 stylus on the 'AT95E replacement stylus on a Linn K5 ?' thread started on 16th Jan 2013.

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Re: aT stylus for Linn K-18 ?

Post by pchap » 04 Aug 2013 19:13

delving a bit further, LP Tunes do the ATN-3472HE and the ATN-3472SA which offers either an hyperelliptcal or Shibata stylus profile for $80 and $130.

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Re: aT stylus for Linn K-18 ?

Post by Dersnap » 16 May 2019 18:26

I have the K18 also and the ATN 95 EX.
What I noticed is that the sloping alloy front part into which the bolt goes in seems to get in the way.
I am wondering if I should trim something to fit?
On the stylus it would be a really tricky trim close to the actual needle :shock:
OR should I send it back and get the ATN-3472?

Which would give better sound?
Will be running on the Systemdek with the Rega Origin Live modded arm.

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