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So you want to understand Stylus Shapes? Try this!

Discussion in 'Turntables' started by ehoove, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. ehoove

    ehoove Old & New - Carpe Diem Staff Member Super Mod Subscriber

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  2. ETLS

    ETLS metacarpophalangealcranium Subscriber

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    Sticky?
     
  3. MRL_Audio

    MRL_Audio AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Good stuff. Kinda overwhelming. There should be tasting party that starts with the conical and moves on up the food chain. Kinda like a wine, beer or whiskey event.
     
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  5. the_nines

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    Great source. Thanks for posting.
     
  6. Aerobat

    Aerobat Class A all the way

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    Good stuff!
     

     

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  7. guiller

    guiller Toscaninichus Australis

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    Many thanks!
     
  8. UMRKretread

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    What a great post. Thanks so much; I will be reconsidering an ancient AT 12SA (Shibata) for shure (sic).
     
  9. Jody Thornton

    Jody Thornton Just Enjoying the Music

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    Some good tips there (har har har - I just had to ....lol)
     
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  11. Balifly

    Balifly Listening Subscriber

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    Unable to understand the question, please elaborate. :idea:
     

     

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  12. Thx1326

    Thx1326 New Member

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    From worst to good... how do you rank the stylus tips? Example: conical, elliptical, MicroLine contact, micro ridge, shibata, etc, etc.?
     
  13. Pio1980

    Pio1980 AK Member Subscriber

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    For accurate tracing of modern post CD-4 microgroove LPs, any of the line contact tips are preferable to spherical, elliptical, biradial tips.
    However, horses for courses. Pre CD-4 era LPs may be optimal with biradial /elliptical or spherical tips. Dynagroove stereophonic records were specifically cut for optimal playback with spherical tip, but nothing else was available in the pre-stereophonic era.
     
  14. lini

    lini just me...

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    Earl: I'd rather suggest to remove that chart, as it obviously contains quite a few bugs.

    Greetings from Munich!

    Manfred / lini
     
  15. Balifly

    Balifly Listening Subscriber

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    As per your advise.

    if you could suggest a substitute, it would be great. :)
     
  16. lini

    lini just me...

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    Earl: AT's old chart in post #9 of Flavio's original thread over on VE looks pretty ok.

    Greetings from Munich!

    Manfred / lini
     

     

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  17. Balifly

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    New chart instead of the other one. :D
    [​IMG]
     
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  18. lini

    lini just me...

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    Earl: Yup, exactly that one.

    Greetings from Munich!

    Manfred / lini
     
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  19. ripblade

    ripblade Super Member

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    I don't get it: How can the contact patch of an elliptical be greater than that of a spherical with the same bearing radius? Is this a byproduct of the polishing?
     
  20. cafe latte

    cafe latte Active Member

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    No it's not true unless the stylus us press g harder on the vinyl and making as larger contact area with extra force due to the smaller profile.
     

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