How many cartridges do you have?

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How many cartridges do you have?

1
99
10%
2
135
14%
3
140
14%
4
107
11%
5
99
10%
6
55
6%
7
35
4%
8
37
4%
9
24
2%
10 to 20
145
15%
21 to 30
37
4%
31 to 40
20
2%
41 to 50
11
1%
51 to 60
5
1%
61 to 70
3
0%
71 to 80
3
0%
81 to 90
3
0%
91 to 100
2
0%
101 or more
10
1%
 
Total votes: 970

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Re: How many cartridges do you have?

Post by HotHondr98 » 26 Dec 2018 19:58

Only 19 (unless I've forgotten some)!

In rough order of performance and audio quality,

1. Denon DL-304
2. Denon DL-103D
3. Shure V15 Type V-MR (genuine Shure stylus, plus two spares)
4. V15 Type V-P (genuine Shure stylus)
5. Ortofon MC 10 Super
6. Stanton 881S with Pickering Stereohedron
7. Ortofon OM 40
8. Stanton 681EEE with Japanese (Jico?) Shibata stylus
9. Audio-Technica AT-92ECD with AT standard elliptical and Microline styli
10. Yamaha MC-7
11. Ortofon OM 10 Super
12. ADC VLM MkIII
13. Grado G+ with Garrott Brothers Weinz Paroc retip
14. JVC MD-1025EB (Z1EB)
15. Shure M91ED with aftermarket and genuine Shure USA-made stylus
16. Shure M55E
17. Stanton 600E
18. Grado GF1
19. Chuo Denki MG2831 (Red Ed etc)

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Re: My current stable of cartridges

Post by Legrace » 26 Dec 2018 23:48

EdAInWestOC wrote:
20 Dec 2018 04:31
  1. Ortofon Windfeld Ti
  2. Denon DL-103D w/Ruby Cantilever and Optimized Contact Line Stylus
  3. Denon DL-103R w/Boron Cantilever and Contact Line Stylus
  4. Denon DL-103D (stock)
  5. Denon DL-103M (stock)
  6. Shure Ultra 500 w/Stock Micro Ridge and SAS Replacement Styli
How do the various 103's compare to the TI? Am interested to possibly try one.

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Re: How many cartridges do you have?

Post by plastico » 27 Dec 2018 03:07

OK, I have to admit, I have two Audio Technica ART9's!!, and a Denon DL-301mk2. So, I think I'm set (I'm 62) :wink: , and I don't know why I still have the 301! :lol:
Cheers, Doug

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Re: My current stable of cartridges

Post by EdAInWestOC » 27 Dec 2018 17:22

Legrace wrote:
26 Dec 2018 23:48
How do the various 103's compare to the TI? Am interested to possibly try one.
The Windfeld Ti is far and above more dynamic, tracks like the best MM's and has the lowest distortion of any cartridge I have ever tried. It is an expensive cartridge but even at its high price, I consider it a bargain.

It is very easy to align since the cantilever projects out from the front bottom of the cartridge. The cartridge also makes the background noise lower which is something I didn't expect but noticed almost immediately. It is almost dead neutral and does not favor any type of music.

It reproduces piano, organ, strings, brass, woodwinds, bass and drums beautifully. It also rocks as well as a 103D if not better. The reproduction of the female and male vocals are very realistic. With a well recorded LP it sounds like the master tape. It is that good.

It is a cartridge that makes you forget everything and see right into the music. It tracks and reproduces everything I have tried including the most demanding 45RPM reissues I own. I cannot recommend it enough. I know of four people who have bought one after my recommendations and none have been disappointed.

Ortofon took all of the lessons it learned from the A90, A95, Anna, the prior Windfeld and rolled it into the Windfeld Ti. It is not a cartridge that draws attention to itself, rather it is as good as the LP you are spinning. It just does everything you ask it to do and it does it without fail. Yeah...its good and its far better than any 103 model no matter how it is retipped.

Ed

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Re: How many cartridges do you have?

Post by Legrace » 28 Dec 2018 13:00

EdAInWestOC wrote:
27 Dec 2018 17:22
Legrace wrote:
26 Dec 2018 23:48
How do the various 103's compare to the TI? Am interested to possibly try one.
The Windfeld Ti is far and above more dynamic, tracks like the best MM's and has the lowest distortion of any cartridge I have ever tried. It is an expensive cartridge but even at its high price, I consider it a bargain.

It is very easy to align since the cantilever projects out from the front bottom of the cartridge. The cartridge also makes the background noise lower which is something I didn't expect but noticed almost immediately. It is almost dead neutral and does not favor any type of music.

It reproduces piano, organ, strings, brass, woodwinds, bass and drums beautifully. It also rocks as well as a 103D if not better. The reproduction of the female and male vocals are very realistic. With a well recorded LP it sounds like the master tape. It is that good.

It is a cartridge that makes you forget everything and see right into the music. It tracks and reproduces everything I have tried including the most demanding 45RPM reissues I own. I cannot recommend it enough. I know of four people who have bought one after my recommendations and none have been disappointed.

Ortofon took all of the lessons it learned from the A90, A95, Anna, the prior Windfeld and rolled it into the Windfeld Ti. It is not a cartridge that draws attention to itself, rather it is as good as the LP you are spinning. It just does everything you ask it to do and it does it without fail. Yeah...its good and its far better than any 103 model no matter how it is retipped.

Ed
Thanks for replying! Quite the endorsement.

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Re: How many cartridges do you have?

Post by v_sport » 06 Jan 2019 15:07

Well, there is a weekend. I found the time to take a picture of my cartridges and make a list.
Audio Technica
AT-150 ML
AT-150 Ea
AT-160 ML
AT-25 (Version For USA)
AT-33 PTG
AT-33 ML
AT-33 E

Ortofon
Ortofon MC-20
Ortofon MC-20 Super
Ortofon MC-20 Supreme
Ortofon MC-30 Super
Ortofon ER

Denon DL305
Victor X-1
Shure V15 III Original insert
Saec C3
Luxman LMC-1
Goldring Eroica LX
Sumico Blue Point Special EVO3
Technics EPC-205C mk3 and EPC-205CIIX

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Re: How many cartridges do you have?

Post by EdAInWestOC » 21 Jan 2019 10:53

Legrace wrote:
28 Dec 2018 13:00
Thanks for replying! Quite the endorsement.
One last endorsement...
The Absolute Sound named the Windfeld Ti the MC Phono Cartridge product of the year for 2018.
https://www.ortofon.com/media/150275/ta ... height=200
Stereophile Review: https://www.ortofon.com/media/149117/mc ... t-2017.pdf
The Absolute Sound review: http://www.theabsolutesound.com/article ... cartridge/

Ed

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Re: How many cartridges do you have?

Post by BlazingArrow74 » 22 Jan 2019 01:42

Generally, how do Empire carts compare to Shure carts ?

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Re: How many cartridges do you have?

Post by BMRR » 22 Jan 2019 15:20

That's a difficult question. Empire made some great carts and some not-so-great carts, and Shure made some great carts and some not-so-great carts. Are there any specific Empire or Shure carts you're thinking about?

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Re: How many cartridges do you have?

Post by JoeE SP9 » 22 Jan 2019 22:02

I have a Shure V-15IV w/Jico SAS stylus mounted on the MA-707 arm on my Micro Seiki DQ-43. There is a Sumiko Blackbird mounted on the modified Rega RB-300 arm on my VPI HW-19. I'm quite satisfied with both.

I have a Radio Shack/Shure RXT-4 w/TT Needles elliptical stylus as my emergency spare.

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Re: How many cartridges do you have?

Post by BlazingArrow74 » 23 Jan 2019 00:49

BMRR wrote:
22 Jan 2019 15:20
That's a difficult question. Empire made some great carts and some not-so-great carts, and Shure made some great carts and some not-so-great carts. Are there any specific Empire or Shure carts you're thinking about?
Shure, I mean, Sure: Say comparing the sound of a V15VxMR with 4000 DIII.

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Re: How many cartridges do you have?

Post by 33audio » 17 Feb 2019 09:24

Hi There: 50 60? Maybe more if you count all the different stylii.

If discovered this week that I have a used Shure M55E with a stylus in good shape, low wear.

I had never realized what an excellent cartridge this is. I have Supertracks II III IV and other
cool stuff. This M55E simply has something special. Tracking at 1.4 grams in Technics SL-Q2.

Regards, Mark

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Re: How many cartridges do you have?

Post by music_mota_beer » 04 Mar 2019 02:53

Ortofon 2M Blue.
Hana SL.

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Re: How many cartridges do you have?

Post by BMRR » 04 Mar 2019 15:04

I've been working hard on downsizing and decluttering, which includes my cartridge collection (even though it doesn't take up much space). I now have less than 60 cartridges. :lol: I've enjoyed playing with these carts and it's also fun to move them along to new homes where they'll bring enjoyment to someone else. :) I do have a couple of new additions that came with recent turntable acquisitions but these too will eventually go to other people.

New additions in bold:
  1. ADC XLM Improved Mk II
  2. Audio-Technica AT130E
  3. Audio-Technica AT132EP
  4. Audio-Technica AT132EP
  5. Audio-Technica AT150MLX
  6. Audio-Technica AT201P
  7. Audio-Technica AT3600L
  8. Audio-Technica AT3600L
  9. Audio-Technica AT3600L with BLISS Elliptical Stylus
  10. Audio-Technica AT450
  11. Audio-Technica AT910
  12. Audio-Technica DR150
  13. Audio-Technica SS445E/U
  14. Audio-Technica SS550LC/U
  15. Audio-Technica VM750SH
  16. Chuo Denshi MG09D
  17. Denon DL-103
  18. Denon DL-103
  19. Empire 205 LT
  20. Empire RM 350LT
  21. Excel ES-70S
  22. Grado MF1+
  23. Grado Prestige Black1
  24. Grado RP II
  25. Grado ZF3E+, P-mount version
  26. Ortofon Concorde Pro S
  27. Ortofon Concorde Pro S
  28. Ortofon OMP10
  29. Ortofon OMP10
  30. Ortofon TM7
  31. Pickering unlabeled P-mount, gold V-15-style body
  32. Pickering V-15/ACE-3
  33. Pickering XL-33U
  34. Pickering XV-15/625E
  35. Realistic [Audio-Technica] RX1500
  36. Shure 1200 HRP
  37. Shure M31E
  38. Shure M32E
  39. Shure M44-7
  40. Shure M44C
  41. Shure M44G
  42. Shure M95ED (with JICO SAS boron stylus)
  43. Shure M110HE
  44. Shure SC35C
  45. Shure TM2E
  46. Shure V15 III (with JICO hyperelliptical stylus)
  47. Sony XL-15
  48. Sony XL-15S (same as XL-15 but comes premounted on Sony headshell)
  49. Stanton 500AL II
  50. Stanton 500 MkIII
  51. Stanton 500B
  52. Stanton 500B
  53. Stanton 680 EE
  54. Stanton 680 EL MkII-x
  55. Stanton 681EEE MkII
  56. Stanton L720
  57. Stanton L720
  58. Technics P153S

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Re: How many cartridges do you have?

Post by BlazingArrow74 » 06 Mar 2019 00:36

BMRR, glad to hear you're paring down your collection. I've done that with records, several times. It can be a bad feeling knowing you're selling (or giving away) at a net "loss", but a superior feeling knowing someone got a good deal and is enjoying music !

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