supex smm5 cartridge

stiffbuy1

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hi just bought a rega planner 3 with the supex smm 5 cartidge does anyone have any information about the catridge correct tracking weight etc and is it worth getting a new stylus for it when the time comes or get a new cartridge thank you anthony

ps it as a rega rb300 arm
 

fatboyslimfast

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I would replace the stylus as a matter of course - you can't tell if the stylus is damaged until it's wrecked a record.

Musonic seem to have them in stock for around £40 which isn't bad, and views on other forums say it compares favourably to modern £70 carts.
 

chebby

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Your cartridge is a Supex SM100 Mk II or MK III ( probably.



Your SMM/5 was just one of the styli available. (0.5mil spherical diamond.)

There was also an elliptical (0.3 x 0.8mil) SMM/38E and others as you can see from the picture.

Tracking weight of 1.5 - 2.5 grammes.

Try phoning these folk...

http://www.musonic.co.uk/styli-record-needles-supex-c-1_350.html

I am assuming your Planar 3 is the pre 1983 model with the Acos Lustre derived ('S' shaped) Rega R200 arm.
 
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Anonymous

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A version of this cartridge was also made for Rega back in the 80's in modded form called an R100. We sold loads of them. A modern equivalent would more than likely be the Ortofon 2M Blue. This is mechanically compatible with your RB300 arm and will sound very good.
 

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