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78 RPM stylus Acutex stylus ADC stylus
ADC stylus by cartridge Aiwa stylus Aiwa stylus by turntable
Akai stylus Akai stylus by turntable AKG by cartridge
Astatic needle Audio-Technica by cartridge Audio-Technica by turntable
Audio-Technica stylus AWA turntable stylus Azden stylus by cartridge
Bang & Olufsen by turntable Bang & Olufsen stylus Braun stylus by cartridge
BSR needle stylus BSR stylus by turntable Bush stylus by turntable
Califone by turntable Carrera turntable stylus CEC stylus
CEC stylus by turntable Chuo Denshi stylus Coral stylus
Crosley stylus Crosley stylus by turntable Curtis Mathes stylus
Darling stylus DeJay needle DeJay stylus by turntable
Denon stylus Denon stylus by turntable Detrola stylus
Digitrac by cartridge Dual stylus Dual stylus by turntable
Electro Brand stylus Electro-Voice stylus Elta stylus by turntable
Emerson stylus Emerson stylus by turntable Empire stylus
Empire stylus by cartridge Encore stylus Encore Tech stylus by turntable
Excalibur stylus Excel stylus Fisher stylus
Fisher stylus by turntable Fisher-Price needle Garrard stylus
Garrard stylus by turntable GE needle Gemini stylus
Goldring stylus GPX stylus Grace Digital stylus
Grado stylus Hitachi stylus Hitachi stylus by turntable
Innovative Technology stylus Ion stylus by turntable Jelco stylus
Jensen stylus JICO stylus JVC stylus
JVC stylus by turntable jWin stylus Kaito by turntable
Kenwood stylus Kenwood stylus by turntable KLH by turntable
Lasonic stylus by turntable Leetac stylus by turntable Lenco stylus by turntable
Lloyd's stylus by turntable LP Gear stylus Magnavox stylus
Magnavox stylus by turntable Marantz stylus Marantz stylus by turntable
MCS stylus MCS stylus by turntable Micro stylus
Micro-Acoustics stylus Miscellaneous stylus Mitsubishi MGA stylus
Mitsubishi stylus by turntable Music Hall stylus Nagaoka stylus
Nagatron stylus National stylus NEC stylus
Nostalgia stylus Numark stylus Numark stylus by turntable
Onkyo stylus Onkyo stylus by turntable Ortofon stylus
Osawa stylus Panasonic stylus Panasonic stylus by turntable
Penney, JC stylus Pfanstiehl needle stylus Philco stylus
Philips stylus Pickering stylus Pickering stylus by cartridge
Piezo by cartridge Pioneer stylus Pioneer stylus by turntable
Pro-ject stylus Pro-linear stylus Pyle stylus
Radio Shack stylus RCA needle Realistic stylus
Realistic stylus by turntable Rockola needle Roksan stylus
Ronette stylus Rotel stylus by turntable Sansui stylus
Sansui stylus by turntable Sanyo stylus Sanyo stylus by turntable
Scott stylus Scott stylus by turntable Sears stylus
Seeburg needle Sharp stylus Sharp stylus by turntable
Sherwood stylus by turntable Shure stylus Shure stylus by cartridge
Signet stylus Sony stylus Sony stylus by turntable
Soundesign stylus by turntable Stanton stylus Stanton stylus by cartridge
Sylvania stylus Teac stylus Teac stylus by turntable
Technics stylus Technics stylus by turntable Technosonic stylus
Tetrad needle The Vessel stylus Thomas Pacconi stylus by turntable
Thorens stylus by turntable Toshiba stylus Toshiba stylus by turntable
Varco (Vaco) needle Vector Research stylus Vestax stylus
Wurlitzer needle Yamaha stylus Yamaha stylus by turntable
York Yorx stylus by turntable

Needle Stylus - HiFi

The small metal tube hanging underneath the tonearm is what is known in phonography as the stylus or needle. It is a crucial part of the phono cartridge as this is the only part that touches the record grooves. In most cartridges particularly moving magnets, the stylus is user replaceable, hence your interest. In moving coil designs, the whole cartridge needs to be replaced or sent back to the factory for re-tipping.

The stylus unit is actually made up of three to four parts. There is the (1) stylus itself which is made of a hard material typically diamond. It is mounted on the end of a short arm called a (2) cantilever that can pivot as the stylus tracks and is moved by the record grooves. The cantilever is fastened to a (3) grip, an appropriate term for a contraption that you hold to insert the stylus unit into the cartridge. A few manufacturers include a (4) record brush along with their stylus.

Differences in Styli
Styli come in a number of shapes and facets. The best styli try to duplicate the shape of the cutting stylus used to produce the original master disk. For these types of styli, you will see such terms as MicroLine or MicroRidge.

Another styli that is reserved for the higher priced models is the Linear Contact (LC). This type of styli provides a vertical contact area several times more than that of the elliptical, thus enabling it to respond to minute grove modulations.

The elliptical stylus has two radii, with the front being wider than the side radius. Elliptical styli are available in several sizes, such as 0.2 x 0.7 mil, 0.3 x 0.7 mil and 0.4 x 0.7 mil. The first number is the side radius. The smaller the side radius, the better its music retrieval potential.

The conical stylus is probably the most widely used stylus. This is because it usually comes as an original part of a fully equipped standard turntable. It is the simplest and least expensive among all of the styli shapes. Its spherical tip, typically with a radius of 0.7 mil, touches the center of the groove walls. The conical stylus can be found with lower to moderately priced turntables.

Current State of Needles and Styli
At LP TUNES we specialize in replacement needles and styli. We stock these for both old and new cartridges. See our extensive list of supported brands listed in our menu.

Please take this advice seriously. We recommend that you purchase at least two replacement styli especially if you are buying for an older cartridge. Manufacturers have been phasing out many replacement styli through the years and so the next time you need one for your older cartridge you may not be able to find it. At any rate, you can count on us to look for continued supply and availability of these increasingly rare diamonds.

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