vwestlife wrote:The Sony VL38G is the same thing as the Audio-Technica AT3400 -- which itself is the same thing as the AT95E except with a less expensive conical stylus rather than an elliptical stylus.
That means if you keep the existing cartridge but replace the stylus with an elliptical one, you instantly turn it into the equivalent of an AT95E.
You have a choice between the 710-DE stylus made by Pfanstiehl with a recommended tracking force of 2 to 4 grams, or the 710-DET stylus made by EVG with a recommended tracking force of 1.5 to 2.5 grams:
http://www.thevoiceofmusic.com/catalog/ ... erBase=710
almabes wrote:I'd recommend the DET variant. The heavy tracking DE variant is designed for automatic changers. Regardless, with a .3 X .7 elliptical, it should sound pretty darn good for less than $25.
Rocky_Road wrote:I have a different take:
If the OP replaces the VL38G with something new, I would use a new headshell for the new cartridge and keep the VL38G on it's original headshell.
Then, I would reshoe the VL38G with the Pfanstiehl 710-DE stylus, and use this to test run yard sale records, etc., in order to safe guard my new cartridge (and it's stylus). The 3 gram tracking of the 710-DE stylus should be a benefit on tracking unknown used records, and help 'clean' the path for the newer cartridge.
Just a thought...!