A QUICK GUIDE TO CARTRIDGE SELECTION

This guide is not a written in stone, but a simplification and basic idea of what to get.  There are reasons to use other than the recommended.  That will depend on your specific needs.  For instance, our recommendations for restoration usually takes into consideration presumed record warps and record damage, and also production work.  Vintage records in fine condition may be served well with audiophile cartridges.

APPLICATION CARTRIDGE MOUNTING STYLE  LP STYLUS RECOMMENDED TURNTABLE GRADE FEATURES
Casual Listening Audio-Technica ATN3472P P-Mount Conical All P-Mount turntables Standard Standard
Casual Listening Audio-Technica AT3600L Standard Conical Rondine Jr, CVS-14, medium grade turntables, hi-end record changers Step-up 0.6 mil LP stylus for better tracking of highs
Casual Listening Esoteric CN1000MKII Standard Conical Rondine Jr, lo-end turntables, record changers Standard Elliptical 78 available for superior sound
Casual Listening ShureM92E P-Mount, standard Elliptical Mid-grade turntables, hi-end record changers, has adapter for starndard mount Step-up Elliptical 78 available for superior sound
Basic Restoration Shure SC35C Standard Conical Rondine, Jr.  CVS-14, Trovatore, T3378, changers For older discs/78s Heavy tracking, rugged, good for restoration
Basic Restoration Shure M78S Standard Conical 78 Rondine, Jr.  CVS-14, Trovatore, T3378, changers Mono, for 78s Light  tracking, for listening/basic restoration
Step-up Restoration Shure M44-7 Standard Conical Rondine, Jr.  CVS-14, Trovatore, T3378, changers For older LPs & 78s light to medium tracking, Elliptical 78 available for superior high-frequency sound
Step-up Restoration Grado 78E Standard Conical Rondine, Jr.  CVS-14, Trovatore, T3378, changers Mono, for 78s Heavier tracking, rugged, low-mass stylus armature improves sound of highs/percussion
Advanced Restoration Grado DJ100 Standard Elliptical

Rondine, Jr.  CVS-14, Trovatore, T3378, changers

For older discs Heavy tracking/Custom 78 sizes available, good for restoration
Advanced Restoration Stanton 500.V3 Standard Conical Rondine, Jr.  CVS-14, Trovatore, T3378, changers Standard Heavy tracking/good for restoration/Elliptical 78 available for superior sound
Audiophile Listening Grado Black Standard Elliptical CVS-14, Trovatore, T3378 medium to hi-end turntables Small Step-up Audiophile discs/Custom 78 sizes available.
Audiophile Listening Stanton681EEE MKIII Standard Elliptical CVS-14, Trovatore, T3378 medium to hi-end turntables Step-up Audiophile discs/78 stylus available.
Audiophile Listening Shure M97xE Standard Elliptical CVS-14, Trovatore, T3378 medium to hi-end turntables Step-up Audiophile discs/78 stylus available.    Warp and static electricity resistant.
Audiophile Listening Grado Green Standard Elliptical CVS-14, Trovatore, T3378 medium to hi-end turntables Step-up Audiophile discs/Custom 78 sizes available.
Audiophile Listening Grado Gold Standard Elliptical Trovatore, T3378 medium to hi-end turntables Improved Step-up Audiophile discs/Custom 78 sizes available.
Audiophile Listening Grado Platinum 1 Standard Elliptical Trovatore, T3378,  hi-end turntables Big step-up Audiophile and LP discs only
Audiophile Listening Grado Sonata 1 Standard Wide-Contact Trovatore, T3378,  hi-end turntables Dramatic step-up Audiophile and LP discs only

If you already have a turntable made by other than us, pay particular attention to our cartridge feature descriptions on the previous page.

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