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Moving coil fans must be gritting their teeth at the audacious title that suggests the V15 might be the best cartridge series of all time. Sure, there are more expensive cartridges, and moving coil fans are often steadfast in their views that moving magnet just will not cut it. But the Shure V15, in terms of its popularity, affordability, cult status and brilliant affordable sound is right up there. A related example might be calling the Technics SL one of the best turntables of all time — not the highest end turntable, by any means, but a solid piece of machinery that combines excellent sound with affordability.
I am just returning to vinyl after a 20 year hiatus. I have a Mission S turntable and arm, c. None were used extensively, although I would be willing to replace the cartridge with something more modern.
Listening on the Thorens TD This is the second part of an investigation into vintage phono cartridges to be paired with the Infinity Black Widow tonearm. The primary qualifier in this search being that the cartridge must have a very high compliance in order to match well with the very low mass of the arm.
A Brief History of Shure Phonograph Products: - Shure begins to supply OEM crystal pickups to various manufacturers of record players Shure introduces the model 99A Zephyr - a balanced tracking crystal record reproducer. This product featured a full-floating, non-resonant tone arm; low "needle-point" impedance; and "needle tilt" that kept the stylus in true alignment with the record groove. The exact meaning of each term is sadly no longer known. It is a ceramic pickup with a twin-lever coupling and the ability to play three speeds of records.
The process of dragging a tiny diamond on the end of a needle through the groove of a record is half precision engineering and half magic but there is one unavoidable side effect. After a period of time that little stylus will wear out. Depending on your existing turntable cartridge, you might be able to simply replace the stylus to bring it back to life but you can also take the opportunity to upgrade it and boost your performance.
In the photo below you can see the vintage WE24GA headshell wires that I swapped out for the stock wires on my Yamamoto headshell. In the photo below you can see the vintage Western Electric headshell wires compared to the stock Yamamoto wires. They are also rather stiff, so they are a bit of a challenge to work with. Bottom view of the Yamamoto headshell with stock wires.