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PHONO STYLUS SIZE

All phonograph pickup cartridges are manufactured with and installed LP stylus.  That is 99.9% of the what the average customer is looking to buy.  There are a handful of specialty cartridges that are made with a 78 stylus.  So when we advertise a cartridge with both an LP and 78 stylus as a combo, we are selling a cartridge as manufactured along with an extra stylus that you may desire.

Phono styli come in basically two sizes and two configurations.  Microgroove records, such as, LPs and 45s require a stylus that have a  tip radius of approximately 0.7 to1.0 mil.  The 1.0 mil was the old standard for mono records.  These are normally referred to as "Conical" or "Spherical" in shape, that is, a cone shaped point with a round tip.  Older records, such as, 78 rpm shellac records require a stylus with a radius of approximately 3.0 mils.  Broadcast transcriptions typically required 2.3 mils.  For most applications there was little practical difference, especially in regard to 78 rpm records.  Beginning in the 1950s, most stylus and cartridge manufacturers began producing 2.7 mil "compromise" styli for such coarse groove records.  Caution: a common misconception in the press for such styli are "3 mil styli."  True only when they round off 2.5 or 2.7 to 3.  So, you can become confused.

In later years, LP styli manufacturers began manufacturing styli that more closely approximated the shape of the actual cutting stylus.  These were known under various names and shapes:  elliptical,  Shibata, Pyramid Point, or line contact.  Their main benefit was that they could reproduce highs with more efficiency and less audio distortion.  The latter produce that and often less surfaced noise, but they are not commonly found.   The most common and popular and moderate cost  is the elliptical shape.

The Shure 78 rpm stylus has a 2.5 mil radius, making them more fine tuned for later 78s and radio transcriptions.  On the other hand, Grado's standard 78 rpm stylus has a radius of 3.0 mils, making them ideal for most 78s.  Stanton's 78 rpm stylus is specified as 2.7 mils and is a decent compromise.  However, 2.3 and 2.0 often produce better results with transcriptions.

CHOOSING PHONO CARTRIDGES  AND STYLI

In general, elliptical styli produce better high frequencies and with less distortion than do conical shapes.  So, if your main interest is in audiophile LP production, a cartridge that comes with an elliptical LP stylus should be strongly considered.  On the other hand, if you main interest is in 78 rpm and similar discs, a cartridge, whose basic LP stylus  is conical, could be considered.

For instance, if you will normally be playing vintage 78s, a Stanton 500 series, Grado DJ100 or Shure SC35C would be logical choices.  On the other hand, if your primary interest would be in playing LP records, and audiophile records, then a Stanton 681 series, Grado Gold or Shure M97 would be the better choice.  Ditto Shure M92E, Grado Green/Black.

With vintage records you have the choice of either conical or elliptical with some cartridges.  Conical might be considered for more worn records, while vintage records in better condition will deliver enhanced sound with an elliptical stylus.  In the case of vintage records, what ever works is the best regardless of any general rules of thumb.  There are no magic bullet styli.  That can only be determined by trial and error.  Yes, even using an LP stylus on a beat-up 78 rpm record may produce the best results.  Hence our 1.25, 1.5, 2.0 and 2.3 sizes.  When in doubt and on a limited budget, consider either a 2.7 or 3.0 mil for most 78s, and either a 2.3 or 2.5 mil for most transcriptions.

REPLACING STYLI

All styli will eventually wear out.  Dust on records acts as an abrasive.  Both records and styli are worn by such abrasion.  Keeping your records clean with some of the devices sold by us will help reduce both noise and damage to records and styli.

Almost all styli are now made of diamond and previously had been expected to last from 600 to 1000 hours of use.  That can be a very long time.  We have examined many styli, that are decades old, under powerful microscopes and they still in appear in excellent condition.  However, more recently, audiophile styli manufacturers have trimmed that back, and considered the increase in audio distortion and not record wear as the major criteria.  They are now talking about 250 hours.

When purchasing a cartridge, thought should be given as to whether you will be exchanging styli casually, as going back and forth between LP and 78 rpm records.  Most styli are easy to replace and exchange.  Others, such as Grado, require a bit of force and a supplied tool to prevent damaging the stylus.  The best solution is to purchase two headshells and two cartridges, one for each basic stylus.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VARIOUS TURNTABLES

CLICK HERE FOR OUR RECOMMENDED CARTRIDGE SETUP

UNLESS NOTED, ALL CARTRIDGES ARE SUPPLIED WITH AN LP STYLUS

Confused about cartridges for your hifi system?  We have a demo CD that provides you with the sound of several of the cartridges we sell.  They were all mounted to an SME 3012 tonearm and played through a rebuilt McIntosh C-20 tube preamplifier.  Record sources were high quality discs of 3 different genre's, mostly by performers we have personally met or listened to live.  The signals were sent directly to a ProTools HD digital editor and recorded at 24bits/96 kHz.  After all levels were balanced, a standard CD was produced.  Cartridges included are: Shure V15V (reference), Stanton 681EEEMkIII, Stanton 500.V3, Grado Green, Grado Platinum, and Nakaoka MP500.  The cost of the CD is deductible if you purchase any of our cartridges.

Esoteric Sound Cartridge Demo CD.......................$5.00 ppd

The Audio-Technica AT3600L is our lowest cost, high-quality, standard-mount moving magnet cartridge. It features an alloy tube cantilever with a 0.6 mil conical diamond tip for extended frequency response.  Output is 4.2 mV at 5 cm/sec.  Channel balance is within 1.5 dB.  Tracking force is 1.5 to 3.0 grams grams.  A good match for the Gemini CN-15.  It is used on many big box store phonographs, such as Denon, Sony, TEAC, Pioneer, Panasonic, Realistic, AIWA, JVC, others.  Cartridge weight: 5.00 Grams.  A good general-purpose cartridge.   This is a real bargain.  Compare it anywhere

AT3600L (cartridge with LP stylus)......................$19.95
ATN3600-78 (standard 78/transcription stylus)......$26.00
      AT3600L with LP & 78 stylus........................$43.00
 

The Audio-Technica AT3482P/Technics P34 is a low cost, but quality moving magnet cartridge. The stylus is a 0.7 mil conical diamond tip.  It is a P-Mount only for many turntables, such as, the VINTAGE II. It can be mounted in standard headshell with a
suitable adapter.  Tracking force is 1 to 2.5 grams.  Cartridge weight: 6:00 Grams.  A good general-purpose cartridge.

AT3482P (cartridge with LP stylus).....................$17.95
ATN3482-78 (standard 78/transcription stylus).....$24.95
       AT3482P with LP & 78 stylus......................$40.00

 

The Lowest cost Elliptical 78 cartridge available anywhere.  The CN1000 MKII is a replacement for Rondine Jr, and many ION, Gemini Sound, Audio Technica, Pioneer, Nunark, and Sony turntables.  The CN1000 MKII is ideal for record changers.  That is because it has the smallest height.  That means it may permit more records to fit on the platter during the change cycle.  Stylus is a 0.7 mil spherical LP tip.  It tracks at 2 - 4 grams.  Transcriptions and 78's are reproduced with less distortion when played at heavier tracking forces.  Cartridge weight: 4.22 Grams.  We exclusively manufacture the CN1000-3E elliptical 78 stylus for it.  The CN1000 MKII cannot be used with a Vertical-Lateral switch.

CN1000 MKII (cartridge with LP stylus).........................$20.00
CN1000-3E (deluxe elliptical 78/transcription stylus)......$39.00
      CN1000MKII with LP & CN1000-3E........................$57.00

The Stanton 500.V3, with optional "78" styli, provides excellent tracking of normal or damaged 78's and transcription discs.  Sound quality can be described as "Retro," with hints of Shure's classic M3D, or GE's VRII.  Melo lows, and restrained highs.  With our custom sized styli, it can be used for sophisticated noise reduction. It tracks at from 2 - 5 grams.  Cartridge weight: 5.43 Grams.  Also, recommended for record changers.  We exclusively manufacture elliptical 78 styli for it.

Stanton 500.V3 (cartridge with LP stylus) .....................$70.00
D5100 LP stylus ........................................................$43.00
D500-3M standard 2.5 mil 78/transcription stylus...........$45.00
      500.V3 with LP & D500-3M stylus combo..............$110.00
D5127 Stanton-made 2.7 mil, 78/transcription stylus......$75.00
      500.V3 with LP & D5127......................................$140.00
D5127J Rek-O-Kut 2.7 mil, 78/transcription stylus.........$50.00
      500.V3 with LP & D5127J....................................$116.00
D5130EJ deluxe elliptical 78/transcription stylus..........$125.00
      500.V3 with LP & D5130EJ..................................$190.00
Rek-O-Kut Elliptical Archival Stylus Kit.......................$649.00

The Stanton 681 EEE MK III is for the highest quality, audiophile turntables. Its built-in brush sweeps the record as it plays. It delivers audiophile reproduction.  It comes with a Stereohedron stylus.  Output level is 2.85 mV.  It tracks from 0.75 to 1.75 grams with LP’s and 3 to 7 grams with 78's.  Cartridge weight: 6.48 Grams.

Stanton 681 EEE MK III (cartridge with LP stylus)..........$198.00
D6827standard 2.7 mil 78/transcription stylus)...............$100.00
   681 EEE MK III with LP & 78 stylus...........................$285.00

The Shure ME75 is a high quality, low-cost cartridge that is ideal for both LPs and 78s. The stylus is a 0.7 mil conical diamond tip.  It includes a built-in stylus guard.  Also, recommended for record changers. Tracking force is 2.0 - 3.0 grams.  A good general-purpose cartridge.

ME75 (cartridge with LP stylus)........................$32.00
N75-3 (standard 78/transcription stylus).............$29.00
        ME75 with LP & 78 stylus........................$55.00
 

The Shure M92E is a modest priced cartridge for low to medium end turntables and it comes with an elliptical tipped LP stylus. It tracks from 0.75 to 1.50 grams, and has the advantage of offering both standard headshell mounting and P-Mount for turntables, such as, the VINTAGE II.  Cartridge weight: 5.93 Grams.

Shure M92E (cartridge with LP stylus)......................$40.00 (click for complete specs)
N78S standard replacement stylus...........................$40.00
        M92E with LP & standard 78 stylus..................$75.00
N-78E (premium elliptical 78/transcription stylus).....$100.00
        M92E with LP & N-78E..................................$135.00

The Shure SC35 is designed for the heavy tracking requirements of the DJ and broadcast industry. Both the spherical tip Lp and"78" track up to 4 - 6 grams.  We make this SS78 especially for this higher tracking force.  This makes it ideal for 78's & transcriptions.  Also, recommended for record changers. Cartridge weight: 6.13 Grams.

Shure SC35C (cartridge with LP stylus).......................$52.00 (click for complete specs)
SS35LP (standard  LP replacement stylus)..................$26.00
SS78 (standard 78/transcription stylus)........................$39.00
      SC35C with LP & 78 stylus...................................$90.00

Because the Shure M44-7 it is designed for rugged use, it has been adopted as a favorite for DJ’s in night clubs. Because it tracks from 1 to 3 grams, it can easily accommodate both LPs and 78s.  Cartridge weight: 6.29 Grams.  Also, recommended for record changers.  We exclusively manufacture the N-44-3E elliptical 78 stylus for it.

Shure M44-7 (cartridge with LP stylus).......................$80.00 (click for complete specs)
N-44-78 (standard 78/transcription stylus)...................$39.00
      M-44-7 with LP & 78 stylus combo.....................$115.00
N-44-3E (deluxe elliptical 78/transcription stylus).........$60.00
      M-44-7 with LP & N-44-3E..................................$130.00
 

The Shure M78S cartridge is a mono 78 rpm cartridge fitted with a 2.5 mil spherical diamond tip.  The body is actually a stereo cartridge, but Shure has strapped right to left pins together to achieve a dual mono output.  These can be removed if desired.  The N78S stylus tracking force is from 1 - 3 grams.  Cartridge weight: 6.20 Grams.

M78S (cartridge with 78 stylus).................................$59.99
N78S standard replacement stylus.............................$40.00
SS78 ( alternate 2 - 6 gram replacement)....................$39.00

The Shure M97xE is the top of their line.   It is designed to play all records, including   audiophile LPs.  Its incorporated Dynamic Stabilizer brush greatly reduced the effects of record warps and discharges static electricity from you records.  Winter-time crackles will disappear. 

Its stylus is a 0.7 X 0.2 mil elliptical diamond that will trace the most complex of record grooves.  Tracking force is 0.75 to 1.5 grams.  You must add 0.5 grams to that when the Dynamic Stabilizer is used.  (Hint: always use it!).  Shure's N78S stylus is a good companion for 78 usage, as it tracks at very light forces.  Therefore, you would not have to reset you tracking force when switching between LPs and 78s.  Cartridge weight: 7.00 Grams.

     Shure M97xE (cartridge with LP stylus)................ ......$89.00 (click for complete specs)
     N97xE LP replacement stylus....................................$50.00
     N78S (standard 78/transcription stylus).......................$40.00
               M97xE with LP & 78 stylus combo..................$125.00

ATTENTION

GRADO SOLD ONLY TO USA ADDRESS.   SORRY

The 100% US-made, Grado DJ100 comes with an elliptical tipped LP stylus, and utilizes a 3 piece cantilever.  The Grado DJ-3, 3.0 mil spherical tip reproduces most 78's with less noise, but may have some tracking problems with warped or eccentric discs.

Changing styli is more difficult, and we recommend multiple cartridges & headshells. It tracks at 2 - 5 grams and mounts in standard head shells. Cartridge weight: 5.70 Grams.  Recommended for 78 RPM and Vintage records. Custom 78 styli available.

Grado DJ100 (cartridge with LP stylus)..............$70.00 (click here for complete specs)
DJ-3 standard 3.0 mil 78/transcription stylus).....$50.00
       DJ100 with LP & 78 stylus.......................$115.00 

The 100% US-made, Grado 78E is a mono cartridge designed for 78 RPM records.  It produces a pair of true mono outputs that connect easily to a standard stereo arm/headshell.  Only usable with lateral cut mono 78s and transcriptions.  The Grado Prestige 78E utilizes a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology, oxygen free wire in the coils and a specially designed, high polished, conical/spherical 3.0 mil. spherical diamond mounted in a brass bushing.  It delivers outstanding performance from 78s. 

Changing styli is more difficult, and we recommend two cartridges & headshells. Output level is 2.5 mV.  It tracks at 2 - 5 grams and mounts standard head shells.  Cartridge weight: 5.70 Grams.  Recommended for all but but warped or eccentric 78s.

Grado 78E (cartridge with 78 stylus)...............$150.00
78E standard replacement stylus.....................$90.00


The 100% US-made, Grado Prestige Green1 comes with an elliptical tipped LP stylus. It utilizes a 3 piece cantilever, and delivers audiophile reproduction at half the price of some competitors.  For 78s, the DJ-3, 3.0 mil spherical stylus is available.

Changing styli is more difficult, and we recommend two cartridges & headshells. Output level is 2.5 mV.  It tracks at 1 - 2 grams and mounts in standard head shells. Cartridge weight: 5.70 Grams. Recommended for audiophile LP, and best quality 78s.  Custom 78styli available.

Grado Green (cartridge with LP stylus)..............$90.00 (click here for review)
DJ-3 (our custom 78/transcription stylus)...........$50.00
      Grado Green with LP & 78 stylus...............$130.00

The Grado Prestige Black - same specs as Green, but wider tolerances.

Grado Black (cartridge with LP stylus)................$70.00 (click here for review)
     Grado Black with LP & 78 stylus.................$110.00
 


The 100% US-made, Grado Prestige Gold1 comes with an elliptical tipped LP stylus. It utilizes a 4 piece cantilever, and delivers audiophile reproduction at half the price of some competitors.  Both standard and premium 3.0 mil 78 rpm spherical styli are available.

Changing styli is more difficult, and we recommend two cartridges & headshells. Output level is 2.5 mV. Recommended tracking force is 1.5 grams and mounts standard head shells.  Cartridge weight: 5.70 Grams.  Recommended for audiophile LP, and best quality 78s.  Custom 78 styli available.

Grado Gold1 (cartridge with LP stylus)...............$240.00
DJ-3 (our custom 3.0 mil 78/transcription stylus)...$50.00
78E premium replacement stylus.........................$90.00
  

 

The 100% US-made, Grado Reference Series, Platinum 1 incorporates a wood body to facilitate reducing internal resonances, and an elliptical diamond stylus is mounted on a  reduced mass armature to better follow transient high frequencies. The stylus is elliptical and is mounted on a very low mass, but stiff armature.  It will deliver a very high quality of sound from LP records.  The sound quality is superior to any of the above cartridge.  Output level is 2.7 mV.   Recommended tracking force is 1.5 grams.  Cartridge weight with mounting screws: 8.43 Grams.

Grado Platinum 1 Cartridge with LP stylus......................$350.00 (click here for review)
Replacement LP stylus at Grado factory only..................$240.00

The 100% US-made, Grado Reference Series, Sonata 1 incorporates a wood body to facilitate reducing internal resonances, and a nude diamond, similar-to-Shibata, wide-contact style of stylus, mounted on a reduced mass armature.  This greatly enhances its ability to reproduce the most complex of high frequencies. It will deliver an extremely high quality of sound from LP records.  Output level is 2.7 mV.  Recommended tracking force is 1.5 grams.  Cartridge weight with mounting screws: 8.43 Grams.

Grado Sonata 1 Cartridge with LP stylus........................$600.00 (click here for review)
Replacement LP stylus at Grado factory only..................$400.00

In USA, shipping & ins. $7.80. IL residents add 8.25% IST

Non-USA shipping:  1st Class costs $13.00 (Canada - $9.00) and has no advertised delivery time, no insurance, no tracking available.  Flat Rate Priority Mail  costs $24.00 (Canada - $20.00) has been very reliable for us. The USPO advertise, but does not promise, 6 - 10 days delivery time, but with no insurance and limited tracking available. If one wants insurance and tracking, one must ship via Priority (note: not Flat Rate Priority). Cost and go to $51.00 (Canada- $45.00).

Questions?  Call or email us for a total


REK-O-KUT ARCHIVAL REPRODUCER KIT

(Cartridges With Styli)

Using styli of various sizes to overcome noise in records caused by wear and abuse is a common technique. There is no optimum size stylus.  Often a larger size works best, sometimes a smaller size works best.  The one that produces the best sound is the correct stylus to use.  Older records often require larger tips for standard play.

Up until now, such styli have cost up to $150.00 each. To prevent damage, it is often desirable to mount such delicate styli in their own cartridges. If you had 5 custom styli made for you and purchased five Grado cartridges the cost would be approximately $1,500.00!

Esoteric Sound has put together a kit of five Grado DJ-100, 2 - 5 Gram tracking cartridges, each equipped with a different radius, custom-made stylus suited for vintage records. Each stylus is conical/spherical in shape and can be used for archival or casual play of records without concern for undue wear on the record. The kit consists of the following cartridge/stylus radii:

DJ-100/2.0 

DJ-100/2.5 

DJ-100/3 .0

   DJ-100/3.5 

                    DJ-100/4.0

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Here are some typical starting points:

2.0 mil - worn Lps, some AFRS transcriptions.
2.5 - 2.5 mil - many 78's, transcriptions.
3 - 3.0 mil - most 30's-50's slightly worn 78s & transcriptions, Edison discs.
3.5 - 3.5 mil - old or worn 78s, transcriptions.
4.0 mil - Some very old or worn discs, non-coated aluminum discs , RCA home recordings.

When purchased with the kit, a set of five standard headshells is available for: $65.00.

Price (ROKARK): $800.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST)+ $12.75 Shipping


 

REK-O-KUT ARCHIVAL STYLI FOR GRADO PICKUPS (Stylus Alone)


Larger styli can play older and/or worn 78 rpm records above the groove wear. Smaller tips play records below surface blemishes. These styli are made to fit Grado cartridges, such as the DJ-100. They are conical/spherical in shape, track at 2 - 5 Grams, and can be used for archival or casual play of records without concern for undue wear on the record.

The following diameter sizes are available:


DJ-1.5 - 1.5 mil - $150.00, worn Lps, Some AFRS and later transcriptions.
DJ-2 - 2.0 mil - $150.00, worn Lps, Many AFRS and later transcriptions.
DJ-2.3 - 2.3 mil - $150.00, worn Lps, most AFRS and later transcriptions.
DJ-2.5 - 2.5 mil - $150.00, many 49's-50's 78's, many transcriptions.
DJ-3 - 3.0 mil - $50.00, many 30's-40's & slightly worn 78s & transcriptions, Edison discs.

In USA, please include Shipping of $5.35

Non-USA shipping:  1st Class costs $13.00 (The Canada - $8.00) and has no advertised delivery time, no insurance, no tracking available.  Flat Rate Priority Mail  costs $24.00 (Canada - $20.00) has been very reliable for us. The USPO advertise, but does not promise, 6 - 10 days delivery time, but with no insurance and limited tracking available. If one wants insurance and tracking, one must ship via Priority (note: not Flat Rate Priority). Cost is $34.00.
 

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REK-O-KUT ARCHIVAL ELLIPTICAL STYLUS KIT FOR STANTON 500 & PICKERING V-15

Older records often require larger tips for normal playback. Using styli of various sizes to overcome noise in records caused by wear and abuse is a common technique. There is no optimum size stylus.  The one that produces the best sound is the correct stylus to use.  The kit consists of five Stanton 500 compatible, elliptical diamond styli and one conical sapphire stylus. So, you will need to have a Stanton 500 series cartridge.  They require 2 - 5 Gram tracking.  They are made to specs similar to our D5130E.  Our only competition would charge $1000.00 minimum for six such styli.


That needle did the trick!

PINCH EFFECT

A conical tipped stylus will have a difficult time following wide side-to-side motions of the groove with high frequencies. The groove narrows at transitions and tends to “pinch” at the stylus, especially at the inner diameter, near the end. This is a cause of distortion. An elliptical stylus easily follows these side-to-side motions. 

"There is only one thing to say about it; FANTASTIC – THANK YOU!   The improvements with this 3.0 stylus was much better than expected, lesser noise overall and better sound all in all"

OPERATING HINTS

Most vintage recordings do not have to be played with any particular stylus, but they were made to be played with certain standard styli. 78s and radio transcriptions require a coarse groove stylus of approximately 3 mil. You should choose the stylus that provides the best overall sound regardless of size.  We have even gotten best results on some 78s with LP styli!  Here are some recommendations to start with:

D5120EJ - 2.0 X 0.4 mil elliptical diamond - some worn Lps, many transcriptions.
D5125EJ - 2.5 X 0.5 mil elliptical diamond - some 78's, many transcriptions.
D5130EJ - 3.0 X 0.5 mil elliptical diamond - most 30's-50's, slightly worn 78s & transcriptions, and Edison discs.
D5135EJ - 3.5 X 0.8 mil elliptical diamond - old or worn 78s, transcriptions.
D5140EJ - 4.0 X 1.0 mil elliptical diamond - very old or worn discs, non-coated aluminum, RCA home recordings.
D5180J - 8.0 mil conical sapphire - Pathe discs and some RCA home recordings.

"Standard" 78 stylus Selected stylus

Price (ROKAESK): $649.00. (IL residents add 8.25% IST)
USA Shipping - $12.75

Non-USA shipping:  1st Class costs $13.00 (Canada - $8.00) and has no advertised delivery time, no insurance, no tracking available.  Flat Rate Priority Mail  costs $24.00 (Canada - $20.00) has been very reliable for us. The USPO advertise, but does not promise, 6 - 10 days delivery time, but with no insurance and limited tracking available. If one wants insurance and tracking, one must ship via Priority (note: not Flat Rate Priority). Cost is $51.00 (Canada - $37.00).



REK-O-KUT LOW-COST 78 RPM ELLIPTICAL STYLI

HALF THE PRICE OF COMPETITORS - BUT THERE ARE NONE!

REK-O-KUT Low-Cost Styli are 78 RPM styli for use in popular cartridges.   They feature precision ground and  highly polished diamonds with mounts compatible with several cartridges.  Their diamonds are made to the same specs as our premium D5130E, but by non-US producers.  They look the same under a microscope.

As with audiophile LPs, the sound of 78 RPM records can be improved by the use of elliptical styli. Elliptical styli can reproduce the highs of old records with much more accuracy while reducing the distortion.

REK-O-KUT low-cost styli are not of the conventional 2.7 mil size, but are 3.0 mil in radius, and will play above some of the groove wear, while the elliptical shape compensates for the larger shape with an improvement in the reproduction of highs.  The jewel tips are made to the same specs as our D5130E.

"Standard" 78 stylus Low-Cost Elliptical 78 stylus

Compatible cartridges:    Stanton 500/720, Shure M44, M55, CN1000, Sanyo/Fisher/Rondine Jr
Tip material:                      Diamond
Tip shape:                         Elliptical
Stylus dimensions:           3 mil X 0.5 mil (75 microns X 13 microns)
Tracking force:                 2 to 7 Grams
Recommended discs:    All electrical, most acoustic 78s, Edison Diamond Discs, some 16"
                                          broadcast transcriptions

For Stanton
D5130EJ: $125.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST)

"I am amazed at the quality I'm getting from these beat up old 78s, using your D5130EJ stylus and the Stanton 500 cartridge -- it has made all the difference in the world...the cartridge and stylus ... really knocked my ears off"

"The results have been very (VERY!) satisfying!  My records are playing .... clean and
 clear... the D5130EJ is a great improvement"


For Shure M44/M55
N44-3E: $60.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST)

"What impressed me most about this stylus is the way it greatly improves the sound
 quality of my vintage RCA 'Program Transcription' record"

" this needle... plays very well...so just send me another"

CN1000-3E: $39.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST)

For Rondine Jr, later RA-6, and many ION, Gemini Sound, Sanyo, Audio Technica, Pioneer, Numark and Sony turntables

In USA, please include Shipping of $5.35

Non-USA shipping:  1st Class costs $13.00 (The Americas - $9.00) and has no advertised delivery time, no insurance, no tracking available.  Flat Rate Priority Mail  costs $24.00 (The Americas - $20.00) has been very reliable for us. The USPO advertise, but does not promise, 6 - 10 days delivery time, but with no insurance and limited tracking available. If one wants insurance and tracking, one must ship via Priority (note: not Flat Rate Priority). Cost is $51.00 (Canada - $37.00, Mexico and below - $46.00).
 


REK-O-KUT 3.5 MIL ELLIPTICAL 78 RPM STYLUS D5135EJ

          FITS STANTON 500 & PICKERING V-15 CARTRIDGES

As with audiophile LPs, the sound of 78 RPM records can be improved by the use of elliptical styli. Elliptical styli can reproduce the highs of old records with much more accuracy while reducing the distortion.

The REK-O-KUT D5135EJ stylus has larger dimensions than the conventional 2.7 mil size.  This makes them ideal with many 78 RPM recordings from the turn of the century into the middle 1930's, and for playing worn conventional 78s.  This stylus is the same as the included in our REK-O-KUT ARCHIVAL ELLIPTICAL STYLUS KIT.

Compatible cartridges:   Stanton 500/720, Pickering V-15
Tip material:                      Diamond
Tip shape:                         Elliptical
Stylus dimensions:           3.5 mil X 0.8 mil (88 microns X 15 microns)
Tracking force:                 2 to 7 Grams
Recommended discs:     many acoustic 78s, Edison Diamond Discs, some16" broadcast
                                           transcriptions

"78...records have never sounded this good!  Even the green label Columbia records,
that I wasn't able to play on my old turntable sound absolutely great."

"Standard" 78 stylus D5135EJ stylus

"I've bought the 3.0 and 3.5 mil 78 styli from you... and they worked miraculously well"

Price:  $150.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST)

USA Shipping & Ins:  $7.80  (non-USA as above)



REK-O-KUT D5120EJ, D5140EJ & D5180J 78 RPM STYLI

CUSTOM STYLI FROM OUR ARCHIVAL KIT FITS STANTON 500 & PICKERING

Owing to your demand we are now making available individual styli from our Archival Elliptical Stylus Kit.  For more details on them consult our listing for the Rek-O-Kut Archival Elliptical Stylus Kit above.  Pricing is as follows.

SOME WORN LPS AND MANY TRANSCRIPTIONS

D5120EJ: $125.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST)

WORN OR NON-COATED ALUMINUM RECORDS

D5140EJ: $200.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST)

PATHE' AND RCA PRE-GROOVED RECORDS

D5180J: $250.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST)

USA Shipping & Ins: $7.80 (non-USA as above)


SHURE N75-3 78 RPM STYLI
For ME75, also
M91, M92

These are Shure 2.5 mil diamond styli made for specifically for the ME75 cartridge, but which also fit the M91, M92 cartridges, possibly some others.

 

Price:  $29.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST) +$5.15 Shipping


STANTON EASY REPLACE LP STYLI FOR "500" CARTS


We now stock original design Stanton D5100 replacement LP styli to fit Stanton 500 series and Pickering X-15 series cartridges.  These are much easier to grip, hold, and replace than the new design styli, which were recently redesigned by Stanton for no observable reason.  These are high quality spherical tipped, 0.7 mil diamond styli and track at 2 - 7 grams. 
 

Price:  $45.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST) +$5.15 Shipping
 


AUDIO TECHNICA AT-3600 78 RPM STYLUS BY REK-O-KUT

 

These are 78 RPM diamond styli made specifically for the Audio Technica AT3600 cartridge, but which also may fit some others in their lineup. The ATN-3600-78 radius is 2.5 mils, and recommended tracking force is 2 to 4 grams.
 

Price:  $26.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST) +$5.15 Shipping


REK-O-KUT D5127J 78 RPM STYLUS

 2.7 MIL - FITS STANTON 500 & PICKERING X-15

We had this made to exact Stanton specifications, but at lower cost to you.  So, it has a slightly larger than average, spherical tipped, 2.7 mil diamond stylus as opposed to the more common 2.5 mil of other manufacturers.  Tracks at 2 - 7 grams.

Price:  $50.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST)

Shipping & Ins: $5.35 Shipping (non-USA as above)



REK-O-KUT MONO LP & 45 RPM STYLI

A 1.0 MIL STYLUS FOR GOOD CONDITION MONO LPS & 45S -D5110J

"thank you for the stylus. What a difference on my treasured mono LPs!"

A 1.2 MIL STYLUS FOR WORN MONO LPS & 45S - D5112EJ

THE ONLY GENUINE MONO STYLI IN PRODUCTION!

Mono LP and 45 RPM records when introduced in 1948 & 49 were made to be played with "microgroove styli" of 1.0 mils in radius.  While modern stereo styli will play these records fairly well, their size varies from 0.5 to 0.7 mil in radius, thus placing them lower in the groove, in the area of most wear.

You will usually hear an improvement in noise and distortion when older mono records are played with their intended stylus the D5110J.  For more worn records we offer the larger D5112J, a 1.2 mil stylus.  Because it is larger we have made it elliptical to better trace the highs. It does wonders on beater 45s.  On some occasions, these styli can even help some 78s and broadcast transcriptions.

Compatible cartridges:   Stanton 500/720, Pickering V-15
Tip material:                      Diamond
Tip shape:                         Elliptical
Stylus dimensions:           1.0 mil (D5110J), 1.2 X 0.5 mil (D5112EJ)
Tracking force:                 1 to 3 Grams
Recommended discs:     Mono LP & 45 rpm records, worn stereo LP & 45 rpm records

The following examples are of a severely worn record:

       Standard Stereo Stylus                1.0 Mil Mono Stylus                1.2 Mil Mono Stylus
                                                                   

D5110J:  $55.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST)

D5112EJ:  $65.00 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST)

Shipping & Ins: $5.35 Shipping (non-USA as above)