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Want a shock, check out the prices of these.

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Try the active ones, not ended.

 

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I got mine from someone in exchange for a rewire of a tonearm, it had a couple of stylii with it one of which was an ed Saunders, I liked it that much that I bought a Jico neo SAS/SS, a couple of years ago, so pre loved, I thought maybe 2 to 3 hundred bucks.

 

Not these days apparently.

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Some of those over inflated eBay price are scam victim though, not sure what's the circumstances of the one above $1k. Real shop front price for jico neo SAS for v15 from a shop is this https://www.amazon.com/JICO-VN45HE-neo-SAS-stylus/dp/B01KO1QI64

 

Or this for.hyper eliptical https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Jico-Hyper-Elliptical-Stylus-Vn45he-for-Shure-V15-Type-Iv-F-S-from-Japan/302961654055?epid=1840487808&hash=item4689ebf927:g:5ZoAAOSwYS9ZYiCK either way it seems there are people who just buy also without checking market price :)

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Assuming the VN35MR stylus was in good condition, whoever got this one got a bargain at $390.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Shure-V15-Type-III-MM-Cartridge-with-rare-VN35MR-Stylus-micro-ridge-diamond/264022754985?hash=item3d78fb86a9:g:TDAAAOSwRbJb3s4O

 

The genuine now unobtainium Shure MicroRidge stylus is worth at least the sold price.  I still have one genuine Shure VN35MR NIB and obviously not used.  No intentions of parting with it whilst I still have working V15 type III bodies.

 

Purchased my first V15 type III in the mid 70s.  Had it ever since.  Only ever used genuine Shure styli starting with the standard elliptical, later upgraded to the hyper-elliptical and later the MicroRidge profile which I use today.  A mate who also owned a V15 type III replaced his original stylus when it wore out with a third party non-genuine one.  To me it made the cartridge sound a bit lifeless and it had a bit of trouble tracking really heavily modulated passages.  But it was cheaper.

 

Whilst there is no doubt there are better cartridges out there, IMHO the Shure V15 type III is an extremely versatile cartridge.  With a frequency response extending to about 50kHz I can still play my CD-4 (Quadradisc) LPs as well as my regular records without having to swap cartridges.

 

I own and also use a Shure V15 type V MR and have one spare stylus for it.  Personal preference is for the sound of the type III.

 

Sadly both cartridges are now no longer available as new unless someone on Fleabay is selling one.  I occasionally check going prices but both are getting hard to find especially if fitted with a genuine Shure stylus in good nick.

 

Cheers,

Alan R.

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9 minutes ago, mloutfie said:

Some of those over inflated eBay price are scam victim though, not sure what's the circumstances of the one above $1k. Real shop front price for jico neo SAS for v15 from a shop is this https://www.amazon.com/JICO-VN45HE-neo-SAS-stylus/dp/B01KO1QI64

 

Or this for.hyper eliptical https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Jico-Hyper-Elliptical-Stylus-Vn45he-for-Shure-V15-Type-Iv-F-S-from-Japan/302961654055?epid=1840487808&hash=item4689ebf927:g:5ZoAAOSwYS9ZYiCK either way it seems there are people who just buy also without checking market price :)

Whilst some sellers might try to scam the buyer, there are technical and physical differences say between a Jico stylus and the genuine Shure replacement.

 

Firstly and possibly the most significant difference is the cantilever.  The Jico is Aluminium tube whereas the genuine Shure is Beryllium.  By using Beryllium instead of Aluminium, Shure were able to manufacture a stylus assembly with a cantilever with a significantly thinner tube wall thickness, thus lowering the cantilever mass whilst still maintaining the strength. Changing the material and cantilever construction changes the resonance of the assembly and the tracking performance.  There is also an audible difference but I attribute that to a combination of different materials and stylus tip. 

 

Secondly the tip profiles are not exactly the same either.  Shure made sure (no pun intended) that third parties could not legally make clones of their hardware by protecting the design with patents.  Therefore I doubt Jico would openly market an exact copy of the Shure patented design.  Note the stylus guard on their version of the VN35 has the words 'Special Tracking' in lieu for the genuine Shure which has the words 'Super Track "Plus" '.  This assists the astute consumer that the replacement stylus they are buying from the third party manufacturer is not the genuine article.

 

Pricing in the competitive world is driven by supply and demand.  As the genuine replacement styli are becoming more and more difficult to obtain, prices will rise accordingly for those seeking the real McCoy and especially if it is NIB albeit NOS.

Take this for example -

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Kraftwerk-SEALED-5-1-SACD-SET-Minimum-Maximum/253971158464?epid=52960124&hash=item3b21dc55c0:g:9F0AAOSw41Jb5D8c:rk:3:pf:0

Was about $50 when it was first released in 2006?? IIRC. Now for a new sealed copy the asking price is 10 times that.  Why?  OOP.

 

Cheers,

Alan R.

 

 

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