There's more to mention. I tested a few of my copies of William Steinberg's recording of Beethoven Symphony No. 9. I expected to hear noise in the third movement on certain copies of the record set. This stylus surprised me. I heard far less of the noise than I expected to hear. I told the seller that the retipped stylus was better than the original could have ever been. He said I made his day.Gravitar8 wrote: ↑16 Jan 2020 21:55Congrats on the repair! And you can NEVER go wrong with Ludwig VanDarthMaul wrote: ↑08 Jan 2020 00:50My Stanton D98-IIs stylus has returned, retipped. I redid the alignment as best I could, even getting the azimuth as correct as possible, which meant I needed to tilt the headshell this time. The original stylus was mounted at an angle on the cantilever, pointing parallel to the sides of the cartridge. The seller made the new stylus perpendicular to the flattened end of the cantilever.
I ran a test on some of my William Steinberg LPs, and after getting the alignment spot on, Beethoven Symphony No. 3 sounded terrific in the middle of the second side.
I was in the middle of recording from Arturo Toscanini's cycle. It will be restarted on the Thorens from the beginning once it gets set up. All I need to do is level the turntable and get the tracking force optimized. Either tonight, or this weekend.
This is what he actually said:
"Thanks for letting me know! I appreciate it. So now you would say it’s better than the original, and not about as good?
Good to hear—maybe it just needed to break in a little bit.
I really do appreciate you telling me and communicating your excitement and happiness. Had a rough week rewinding a moving coil for a tough customer and almost quit doing this. I really don’t do it for the money. I do it for messages like these.
Thanks again! Made my day.
Now I do want to mention that I will start with two or three cycles of the symphonies, then interrupt with the piano sonatas, only to go back to the symphonies again. This is the last time I am listening to Toscanini's 1950s cycle. The records will be permanently back on the shelf after the 9th symphony is done with. Bruno Walter will be next, followed by Karajan (1962). Friedrich Gulda's recording of the piano sonatas will come after that, and then I will listen to the last two of the Beethoven symphony cycles. That will start with William Steinberg's cycle, followed by Karl Bohm's with the Vienna Philharmonic. Once I get past that, it's on to Schubert. Among the Schubert symphonies is the lesser known 7th symphony which never got completed by the composer. (I'm not referring to the "Unfinished".)