Working or not?I have 14 all together,some are perfect,others need styli or something..I recently found a Shure M97 ERA 4 on an Akai direct drive deck that some one threw out.(I'm not above a dumpster dive). The deck was pristine and went bye-bye via Ebay,but the cartridge was so mint,mounted in a very nice machined aluminum headshell,I couldn't part with it.I am currently listening to a Shure v-15 type 3 that I mounted into a wooden body(Ebay,from Germany),with a Jico SAS stylus. I'd heard that the SAS's can be a tad bright and harsh,but I do not hear it that way at all,just very detailed,over all neutral.
Anybody have a platter mat fetish,like me?Thats a whole other ball of wax,but they can make a big difference!