glrickaby wrote:Go to Turntable Needles.com and put in your needle # and it should
bring up the cartridges it fits. An XV-15 s/b about 18mm long and
about 15mm tall. a Pickering 625 stylus s/b the same as a 681eee.
From your picture, looks like you have a conical instead of an
elliptical. Stanton looks different but either will fit.
This is very helpful. I took a look at Turntable Needles.com and it looks like my cartridge might be a TL-1 rather than an XV-15. This link (http://www.turntableneedles.com/Needle- ... _1214.html
) indicates that the DTL1E stylus is for a TL-1 cartridge and a few other sites that offer a DTL1E also indicate it is for a TL-1. I also found a site that lists a generic stylus that fist the TL-1 and the XV 15, so they may well be the same size physically, but I'm assuming that TL-1 is a lower quality cartridge that the XV 15 (I can't find much written about the TL-1).
If my assumption is correct that I have a TL-1 ant it is more of a budget cartridge, maybe I would be better off getting a new cartridge than putting a high quality stylus on the TL1. Are there any suggestions for a cartridge for the Rega Planar 2 with the R200 tonearm? I do like the idea of the brush I see on the Pickering/Stantons, but ultimately I'd like to get the best match for this particular turntable. I'd like to spend less than $150 for a cartridge if possible (limited budget is a factor of the turntable being rarely used).