rnshwa16 wrote:It's just my/our luck that Audio Technica seems not to make replacement styluses for any but their current run cartridges.
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Me, I recently acquired two older series cartridges - an AT13E2 that came with a Pioneer headshell, and an even higher end AT15Sa that came with a Technics turntable.
That's the risk one takes when buying cartridges that were discontinued decades ago. AT certainly isn't the only cartridge manufacturer to stop making styli for long-discontinued cartridges, although I think they deserve credit for continuing to make styli for the 100-series cartridge line which was first introduced nearly 40 years ago!
rnshwa16 wrote: I think the former has more life left, but what are the options for replacement without suffering a major drop in sound quality? Both are nude-mounted to respectable cantilevers, the latter I understand includes a Shibata stylus. Relying on a no-name bonded stylus of questionable quality seems a poor option. So short of looking out for the odd NOS stylus showing on eBay, what are people installing on such cartridges? Or are they simply tossing them aside?
NOS styli can be found if you search carefully, and/or set up an automatic search on eBay and you'll receive an email notification as soon as someone puts on up for sale/bid.
Alternatively, you could have your existing styli retipped by someone like Expert Stylus or SoundSmith. They can use the original cantilever if it's still in good shape, or they can install a new cantilever which might be as good or even better than the original.