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RE: Another top 10 list - phono cartridges

I think everybody is getting off topic here. The challenge wasn't a list of your *favorite* cartridges, but the most *significant* ones. The really historically important units that helped shape all that followed them. At least that's how I read the post.

Using that criteria this is my list.

(In no particular order, and mostly off the top of my head. Errors are no doubt present)

1. The Grado (first moving-coil cartridge)
2. GE VRI (first mass produced magnetic cartridge)
3. Shure M3D (first mass produced stereo magnetic cartridge in the USA)
4. Weathers (first strain gague/FM pickup)
5. ADC XLM (first cartridge to truly start the high compliance onslaught)
6. Whatever the first CD-4 cartridge with the Shibata stylus was. (I can't find it! LOL)
7. Ortofon SPU (one of the world's first stereo cartridges, and still competitive today!)
8. Denon 103 (A workhorse that is still in production and influential)
9. The Pickering (first microgroove cartridge)
10. Kōetsu MC cartridges (The first significant Moving Coil cartridge of the modern "High-End" era.)

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