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I miss my ADC XLM mkIII. Do they ever come out for sale?

Postby zeppeliner » 14 Oct 2017 09:37

Lovely sound from these as I remember it. Used it as long as I could. I think they are very rare nowadays! At least the XLM mkIII

Any ADC fans here?
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Re: I miss my ADC XLM mkIII. Do they ever come out for sale?

Postby plyscds » 14 Oct 2017 15:58

I have a few mid-jointed Integra XLM's with different styli in my collection, and they do sound nice. Of late finding replacement styli for them has gotten more difficult, but it seems ZLM styli will fit them. I found an early nineteen eighties online cartridge comparison review from Consumer Reports that slightly preferred the XLM Mk-III sound over the Shure V15-III. It seems if you have one in the 21st Century you are fortunate. If one does come up for sale they are not inexpensive. The only criticism of the Integra in your picture is rooted in my experiences with Shure M75-ish cartridges in metal clips with open-front screw slots that make front-back tweaking potentially frustrating when the slot and screw part company. But with that bit of nitpicking aside, they do sound nice.
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Postby jusbe » 15 Oct 2017 07:56

I also have a couple of the Integras (= XLM II), with RXM II styli. I like them.
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Re: I miss my ADC XLM mkIII. Do they ever come out for sale?

Postby macnoob » 16 Oct 2017 17:56

I use an XLM with RXM II cart as well, really like it.
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Postby plyscds » 16 Oct 2017 20:38

You could keep checking online sites where unwanted stereo things are recycled to new owners. Search for the item you want. You never know when just the right item comes along for an agreeable price.
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Postby macnoob » 16 Oct 2017 20:47

I got a couple of them with used turntables at the thrift stores. Seems they were pretty popular back then. Keep in mind there are just 2 basic bodies and most of the difference is in the stylus.
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Postby wgallupe » 16 Oct 2017 21:17

ADC fan here! Used to have an XLM Mk III but sold it. I currently have a ZLM with a couple NOS replacement stylus for backup. Also have the Astrion with the sapphire cantilever. Been listening to a LOMC Ortofon for the past couple of years so the ADCs are safely stored :-)
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Postby Boltman92124 » 17 Oct 2017 17:16

zeppeliner wrote:Lovely sound from these as I remember it. Used it as long as I could. I think they are very rare nowadays! At least the XLM mkIII

Any ADC fans here?


I noticed LP Gear has the ADC K8HC cartridges in stock (with headshell). They have an elliptical upgrade stylus for an extra $40 making the total cost $90. Was thinking about checking it out. https://www.lpgear.com/product/ADCRC398DPSIL.html
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Postby Collux » 18 Oct 2017 00:44

You could pick up an ADC XLM MkII_Improved as these, the MkIIIs & ZLMs supposedly have basically the same bodies.

For good information:
viewtopic.php?f=19&t=80957
http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php? ... lm.567983/

These cartridges appear on ebay from time to time. (sometimes without styli)
-they can be picked up sometimes for ~$100

Another good option is the ADC VLM -very similar
http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php? ... ii.574901/
http://www.edsstuff.org/docs/adc_xlmII.pdf

The most important thing with these old cartridges is obtaining styli !!
As original NOS have all but dried up, your option now is really limited to the "after" market suppliers:


LP Gear
https://www.lpgear.com/category/ADCBC.html
https://www.lpgear.com/category/ADC.html

Jico
https://www.jico-stylus.com/index.php?c ... =2a&page=3
https://www.jico-stylus.com/index.php?c ... =2a&page=4

Turntableneedles
https://www.turntableneedles.com/ADC-XL ... p_847.html

Comments on supplies
http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php? ... ge.466844/

Whilst most slip-on ADC "shoe" styli will fit these bodies, there are many variations in the diamond tip, cantilever, suspension etc.
Take care!
It's all a bit of a minefield, and this selection WILL determine your final result.
Note: YMMV
https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/forum/v ... hp?t=28511

May audiophiles continue to use these great vintage cartridges !!
With ongoing interest, hopefully the supply of styli will continue into the future.
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Re: I miss my ADC XLM mkIII. Do they ever come out for sale?

Postby BMRR » 18 Oct 2017 17:50

I have a QLM30 MkIII and an XLM Improved MkII, both NOS, and I'm embarrassed to admit that I haven't tried either of them yet. The QLM is a heavy tracker and might go on an old ELAC Miracord eventually; the XLM needs a tonearm with much lower mass than any of the tonearms I currently own. Such a tonearm will probably come into my life eventually. :)

The QLM and K8 bodies are still pretty common and typically are very inexpensive. You can put an XLM stylus on them and you'll get very close to XLM performance.

I purchased an EVG 4108-DET stylus which is said to be a good substitute for original XLM styli, especially considering its price — I only paid $12 for mine. It's high compliance like the original and needs a low mass tonearm in order to shine.
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Postby Boltman92124 » 18 Oct 2017 17:54

Will the aftermarket XLM stylus fit on the NOS K8C body I wonder?
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Postby BMRR » 18 Oct 2017 17:57

Yes.
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Postby Boltman92124 » 18 Oct 2017 18:12

BMRR wrote:Yes.

Cool. I
think I'll pick one up then while they are still available new. Maybe even try out the stock needle for a bit of old school. Can't beat it for $50 with a head shell. And alot of stylus to try afterwards.
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Postby BMRR » 18 Oct 2017 18:15

Let us know how you like it. :)

Just FYI, you can get the K8C/headshell combo here for a bit less than LP Gear charges for it (and lower shipping fees than LP Gear, too):

http://thevoiceofmusic.com/catalog/part ... ategories=

And on that same site, here is where you can find the EVG stylus I mentioned earlier:

http://thevoiceofmusic.com/catalog/part ... ategories=
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Postby Collux » 18 Oct 2017 22:51

A further Pfanstiehl option available from Voice of Music is the following:

Pfanstiehl 111

http://www.thevoiceofmusic.com/catalog/ ... ategories=
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