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Stylus for Dual 505 (Budget £60)

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Okay, so i've decided to replace the stylus in my Dual 505. It has the cartridge it came with as far as I know, and currently holds an Ortofon VMS3 MkII, which cost £5 a couple of years ago. I am willing to spend up to £60 on a replacement stylus, and doesn't exactly sound like the best cartridge in the world. Would I notice a significant improvement over the VMS3 at this price point, and does anyone have any suggestions?

Is this a good idea? http://www.henleydesigns.co.uk/product.asp?ProductID=50

Thanks
 

chebby

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May as well buy the whole cartridge....

http://www.henleydesigns.co.uk/product.asp?shop=0&ProductID=2

Costs about the same and has the same elliptical diamond of the same dimensions and tip mass.

I still have one of those Dual cartridges (and other CS-505 doodads) in my hifi 'time capsule' box.....



Even the alignment/overhang jig for easy 'off-arm' cartridge set-up and the additional counterweight mass for using heavier cartridges.
 
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Anonymous

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cheers for the quick response, Chebby, did you notice how I posted at exactly 5.05? Aha.

How good is that cartridge you linked me to? Better than the original that would have come with the 505? And are you selling any of those accessories you have there, or do you just like teasing me with them?

thanks again
 

chebby

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No not selling. Sorry


It is over 26 years since I used a Dual CS-505 so I cannot comment on relative sound quality of Dual/Ortofon original cartridge vs modern OM5E but I know both Project and Rega use them as fitted cartridges on certain current models so I would be confident in buying one as a direct replacement.

You would not have any doubts about the state of the inside of your old cartridge body either. (Resins/adhesives/coils/solder joints etc are all prone to go off after so long.)
 
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How about this? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BRAND-NEW-Audio-Technica-AT120E-AT-120E-phono-cartridge_W0QQitemZ270480359331QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_210?hash=item3ef9e2bfa3#ht_1180wt_943

I've heard its a little better than the OM5E, but how would I know if it fits on my tone arm mount? And would it need the extra weight on the tone arm?

Thanks
 

chebby

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I needed the weight because I was using a Nagaoka MP11. (weight 6.8 grams)

The AT120E weighs 6.5 grams so I think you might have to re-consider.

(The Ortofon OM5E only weighs 5 grams)
 
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Anonymous

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Thanks!

so if i get this

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BOX-NEW-ORTOFON-OM5E-OM-5E-STEREO-CARTRIDGE-STYLUS_W0QQitemZ190345012147QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2c517263b3#ht_747wt_939

then fit it (do i need one of those alignment/overhang jig things?) using the manual to explain everything should be fine?

haha thanks again
 

oldleodensian

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ubercooldave:

Thanks!

so if i get this

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BOX-NEW-ORTOFON-OM5E-OM-5E-STEREO-CARTRIDGE-STYLUS_W0QQitemZ190345012147QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2c517263b3#ht_747wt_939

then fit it (do i need one of those alignment/overhang jig things?) using the manual to explain everything should be fine?

You could also consider buying from a UK high street retailer with online sales http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/662

I have found them to be very fast and efficient (I recently and received goods within a couple of days) and the slightly cheaper eBay seller is based in the USA, so may take much longer to arrive.
 
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Cheers, I'll get that then.

What do I need to fit it? Or do i only need those alignment guide things you can print out... or do i need one of those plastic overhang jib thingys?

Many thanks
 

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