REPLACEMENT FOR SHURE N78S NEEDLE STYLUS (78 RPM STYLUS)
- Works best with most 78 RPM records 1
The made in Japan 3.0 mil LP Gear replacement for the Shure N78S
needle stylus is used with the Shure V15VxMR, M97xE, M94E,
M92E, M35S, M35X, SC35C and M78S phono cartridges. The stylus
features a highly polished 3.0 mil diamond that works best with most 78s.
This is because while 78 rpm shellac records require a stylus with a
tip radius of approximately 2.5 mils, most have been well-played through the years
and thus have slightly wider grooves. Also, a 3.0 mil tip will play higher in the groove
thus avoiding wear and noise from the bottom debris.
A very common misconception is that you can use an LP stylus
for playing 78 RPM records. This is one quick and sure way
to damage the 78 RPM record grooves. To maintain the playback
fidelity of your 78 record, you really need to use a stylus
designed for 78 RPM records, otherwise with just a single
playing, you could ruin the fidelity of the record grooves.
Moreover, the LP stylus is much narrower than the 78 RPM
record groove hence the tip will slide to the bottom of the
groove where debris has collected for many decades and
amplify this with very high surface noise.
Footnote 1: 78 RPM shellac records require a stylus with a tip radius of approximately 2.5 mils.
Given the age and condition of existing records, most 78s will work best with a 3.0 mil diamond tip.
This is because most 78s have been well played and thus have worn, wider groves. Also a 3.0 mil tip
traces higher in the groove thereby avoiding wear and bottom debris noise.