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.