help with AT gold OCC cartridge

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help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by mrquant » 13 Feb 2020 07:46

Hi All,

Picked up a really pretty VPI HW-19 today with what I think is an AudioQuest tonearm. This all gold AT cartridge was on the arm. All it says is OCC on the front. I know there are various cartridges that have OCC in the name. Can anyone tell me which one this is? For bonus points any thoughts on a good stylus?

Thanks!
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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by billshurv » 13 Feb 2020 08:07

If you take it off the model will be written on the top. The ceramic suggests that is an ATML1x0 series. Very very nice cartridge, not sure where you can find a stylus for it any more.

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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by Delta667 » 13 Feb 2020 08:11

This is an Audio-Technica AT-ML150/OCC cartridge
ATN ML150/OCC stylus

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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by scho2684 » 13 Feb 2020 08:21

Delta667 wrote:
13 Feb 2020 08:11
ATN ML150/OCC stylus
Unobtainable...
Lovely cartridge though (if complete)
I have 2 here...

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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by sivagriva » 13 Feb 2020 10:16

As billshurv wrote, could be any of ATML1x0 series. This is my ATML140occ
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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by Delta667 » 13 Feb 2020 15:47

sivagriva wrote:
13 Feb 2020 10:16
As billshurv wrote, could be any of ATML1x0 series. This is my ATML140occ
I think you were deceived )).
Do you have the AT ML-150 with the ATN-ml140 stylus ?!

Maybe I'm wrong, but on 140 there is no OСС inscription ??

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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by sivagriva » 13 Feb 2020 16:57

No, it's original but with replaced cantilever (from new ATN440MLA replacement stylus). You're correct, there is no OCC inscription on an ATN-ml140 stylus. On the other versions of AT-ML1x0/OCC cartridges, there were versions with and without OCC inscriptions on the stylus body.
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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by dagfinn » 13 Feb 2020 19:42

I thought I had one ATN-ML150 but... no :( .
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Seller was decent guy, refunded me when it turned out his second copy was broken in the same way as well... Sad.

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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by Dan_Seweri » 13 Feb 2020 20:30

I believe that the first generation of the AT-ML1x0 series was introduced in 1985 with LC-OFC bodies and that a second generation came in 1986 and 1987 with OCC bodies.

https://www.audio-technica.co.jp/cartri ... 0_all.html

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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by mrquant » 14 Feb 2020 02:05

Thanks all. Looks like the lack of availability of replacement styli is a real problem. Is there anything from the more current AT product line that is backwards compatible?

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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by dagfinn » 14 Feb 2020 10:33

mrquant wrote:
14 Feb 2020 02:05
Thanks all. Looks like the lack of availability of replacement styli is a real problem. Is there anything from the more current AT product line that is backwards compatible?
Nope, with AT-ML1xx everything is smaller, body, cantilever, magnets....

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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by Dan_Seweri » 14 Feb 2020 11:06

IMHO the best available spare part is the ATN-E50: https://www.ebay.de/itm/Original-Audio- ... 3209031992

The ATN-E50 comes with a cantilever with correct dimensions and could be used for a cantilever transplant.

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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by sivagriva » 14 Feb 2020 11:40

Yes, but there are also other possibilities among the ATN replacement styli, the problem is, as I understand, OP doesn't have the original stylus holder...

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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by dagfinn » 14 Feb 2020 13:01

sivagriva wrote:
14 Feb 2020 11:40
Yes, but there are also other possibilities among the ATN replacement styli, the problem is, as I understand, OP doesn't have the original stylus holder...
Could you please enlighten us about those possibilities :)?

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Re: help with AT gold OCC cartridge

Post by mrquant » 14 Feb 2020 16:14

Correct. I do not have anything to transplant into.

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