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GE VR-225

Postby jj208t » 18 Oct 2017 01:41

Hi everyone,

I tried my GE VR-225 today. I put a NOS Electro-Voice 0.5 mil diamond stylus into it. It is a very bright sounding cartridge. But, the highs are clean. From the midrange on down, the sound was rough. No obvious mistracking or gross distortion. It just reminded me of a run of the mill ceramic from the early 60's. As if the cantilever was too stiff. I tried it first at 3 grams and then at 3.6 grams. I did not want to go higher with a 0.5 mil stylus. I had high hopes for it and my Golden Classic as I have a VR 1000. But, the VR-225 did not even come close.
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Re: GE VR-225

Postby nat » 19 Oct 2017 00:04

That suspension has been sitting and very likely getting stiffer for 60 years now. Play a bunch of records you don't care about and see it it loosens up. There are also a variety of witches' brews that might or might not soften the damper.
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Re: GE VR-225

Postby jj208t » 19 Oct 2017 01:04

The suspension is in the stylus assembly only. The cantilever pierces a rubber block in the assembly. There is an additional rubber block in there as well. It may loosen up. I have about a dozen NOS never opened styli for it anyway. I will try it again. And I have the Golden Classic to try as well.
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Re: GE VR-225

Postby jj208t » 19 Oct 2017 01:08

BTW...the VR-22's and Golden Classics are a bit tricky to mount in a headshell as the mounting centers are 7/16" instead of 1/2". GE used to supply spacers or something. Does anyone know the proper name or where I may source some ?
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Re: GE VR-225

Postby jj208t » 14 Nov 2017 05:32

BTW....these are terrible compared to the VR 1000 which really impresses me.
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