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Can this Stanton 681 stylus be genuine?

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Posted on September 3, 2012 at 13:41:26
leisual
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Can this be a real Stanton stylus? It sounds great and plays quietly but has no markings. The brush is of high quality compared to the aftermarket ones I've seen but could have been switched from the original stylus.
If it is generic I don't think it's of any special quality because it looks dirty and came on a BIC 960 found at a thrift store. It would probably have a spherical or plain elliptical stylus profile I would guess.
I really like the sound of it but I've always read that generics are poor quality and I don't want to damage my LPs. I also would like to get another stylus that sounds like this if it ever breaks.
As of now it's replacing a Dl103, Kontrapunkt A, V15iii, and a VMS20e because it has the right soundstage and timbre to my ears much to my surprise.

 

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I just finished hanging a 681 onto a Thorens arm., posted on September 3, 2012 at 14:06:55
Muzikmike
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and listening to it as I write this...that is identical to the one I have, but the brush has been removed on mine. (just twist brush assbly. and pull gently if you wish to remove it).

It is the sound I fell in love with when I first got into the hobby..Thorens TD160 with Stanton 681 cartridge. Very smooth and articulate, a late night sound.
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"It is the sound I fell in love with", posted on September 3, 2012 at 20:57:15
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One of the reasons I have a couple knocking about too. The Pickering version.


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So you finally solved the Thorens hum problem? )MT(, posted on September 5, 2012 at 12:27:02
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RE: Can this Stanton 681 stylus be genuine?, posted on September 5, 2012 at 12:45:15
leisual
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Ah, screw it. It sounds great and I'll wait until it breaks to worry about the stylus.

 

Not really, but it is well behind the music and only shows it's ugly face , posted on September 5, 2012 at 13:08:01
Muzikmike
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if I turn the volume very high...where I don't think I would, but I'm crossing my fingers.

When I had the system on a power conditioner I'm reviewing, there was NOTHING, so I'm wondering whether the BrickWall is damaged.

I'm going to put everything onto a cheap conditioner (RCA) and then onto the Spiritual Audio VX-9 (OHMYGOD!) and listen, if there's no hum I guess I buy a new PC.

But the sound, with some of the wire changes I've made, is NOT a vintage sound. It is "wrap a blanket 'round both of your knees and cuddle in front of the fire" sound, not overly warm but very articulate along with being cozy. Scott=60's; Planex planar=60's; turntables, Kenwood late 70's; Thorens=late 70's.
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RE: Can this Stanton 681 stylus be genuine?, posted on September 9, 2012 at 11:45:02
jdiamantis
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Real Stanton styli have the brand "Stanton" printed vertically on one side (usually the side viewed in your photo), on the 681 series.

If yours is an aftermarket, and sounds good with no mistracking, I'd use it.

jD

 

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