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    Default I found a rather humble looking cartridge.

    But the price of a replacement stylus is kicking my fat ole arse! Well, ole anyway.

    A friend gave me an Audio Technica Signet TK5E. The stylus looks like ass, but the cartridge looks new. I checked the usual suspects for a replacement stylus and only found so far on http://www.adelcom.net/SignetStylus1.htm a couple options for $150 to $275ish.

    Well, my first thoughts are #&@& em, but then, I wonder if this may be a pretty nice piece of late 70s-early80s equipment.

    Any opinions on this guy?

    I must contemplate the issue over another
    Thanks

    P.S. It was his fathers. His father used an old Linn Sondek and 2 Hafflers as monoblocks. Not yer ordinary RCA Victrola kinda dad.
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    Ummmm, awright then.
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    Can't seem to find much about them!

    There's this: http://www.conusaudio.com/TK5E.htm

    And this: http://www.audioasylum.com/cgi/t.mpl?f=vinyl&m=767599

    They don't seem to have had much of a presence here in the UK though.
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    Seem to remember getting very excited about them in 1977 (my last year in retailing), but I can't remember what they sounded like. Looks cool though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shian7 View Post
    Can't seem to find much about them!

    There's this: http://www.conusaudio.com/TK5E.htm

    And this: http://www.audioasylum.com/cgi/t.mpl?f=vinyl&m=767599

    They don't seem to have had much of a presence here in the UK though.
    Thank you for that!

    I read the specs from your first link (dunno why I kept bringing up a blank) and it looks like a pretty nice piece of gear, but 42 mv?!?!? That seems rather high to me.

    Anyway, thanks again for the research.
    Sansui: G-8000, AU-20000, AU-719, TU-666, TU-717, 2 AX-7s, SE-7, SC-1110, SC-3100, SR-333, SP-2000, SP-2500, RA-500. Yamaha: YP-D71. Denon: DL-160, DVD 2910. Shure V15 Type lll. Dual: 1019. Teac: PD-710M. Senheiser: HD600. Klipsch: Forte II. KLH: Model 10. Atwater Kent AM Console. Zenith: Transoceanic. RCA: Victor. and on and on and on
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    FWIW!
    I bought a new stylus for this cart and it kicks ass in the mids and lows depts. Of course, at my age, it may kick ass in the highs too and I just can't hear it. I would say it compares to the Shure V15 Type lll.
    Sansui: G-8000, AU-20000, AU-719, TU-666, TU-717, 2 AX-7s, SE-7, SC-1110, SC-3100, SR-333, SP-2000, SP-2500, RA-500. Yamaha: YP-D71. Denon: DL-160, DVD 2910. Shure V15 Type lll. Dual: 1019. Teac: PD-710M. Senheiser: HD600. Klipsch: Forte II. KLH: Model 10. Atwater Kent AM Console. Zenith: Transoceanic. RCA: Victor. and on and on and on
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