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HI,

 

I recently purchased a JVC JL-A20, got it home and the left channel was extremely distorted and inaudible. So I pulled it apart and all the wiring looked OK (ordered a 3D printed part for that cueing mechanism problem everyone else has as well). I put it back together and had a look at the stylus, which was quite bent on an angle, and I figured this may have something to do with the single channel distortion. I read that it wasn't ideal to try and bend them back, but I didn't really have any other options and gave it a go. As predicted, it did not go well and kind of snapped and now it doesn't work at all, it is a very floppy stylus.

 

My question is what is the best way to replace this? I can't ID this stylus unit exactly either, looks like a AT95e, but those appear to be green. What should I replace this with that will be compatible with the cartridge so that I can possibly save some money here. If this doesn't fix the channel issue as well, any other ideas I could check on this table.

 

Any other advice is welcome as well.

 

Thanks

 

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The easiest option would be to use a Vm95e

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I once had a similar TT issue 

But in my case after swapping over the cartridge there was no change 

 

The issue was later found to be dry solder or bad connection on the wires connected to the RCA plugs 
 

 

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If that is an AT95,  and it sure looks like it, then the newest VM95 styluses will fit and work well.

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Ok thanks I'll look into getting a VM95 series stylus, probably the green one by the looks of it. Do you guys have recommendations on the best place to get these? Will all the AT series work as well, if I come across a good deal on one of those?

 

Finally if this doesn't solve the crackling issue, I'll have another look at the soldering, weird that the RCA outputs are hardwired cables and not just ports.

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Posted (edited)
4 hours ago, kc100 said:

Finally if this doesn't solve the crackling issue, I'll have another look at the soldering, weird that the RCA outputs are hardwired cables and not just ports.


The wires inside the tonearm itself have to connect to a terminal Internally 

Then via the external part of the RCA terminal connects to the phono stage 

The tonearm wires 

Sometimes connect as direct link to the RCA

Sometimes it’s to an intermediate link in between then to the RCA 

And sometimes the ends of the tonearm wires have a hanging RCA terminal 

 

So that’s the way it’s done 

 

 

Edited by Full Range

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The stylus looks like a "Audio Technica ATN91 Conical Stylus (Replacment Stylus for these Phono Cartridges: AT91 and AT3600 (Yellow)" as per this Amazon advert (for illustrative purposes, I'm not suggesting you do or don't buy from them) - https://www.amazon.com.au/Audio-Technica-ATN91-Replacement-Conical-Stylus/dp/B077QRF384

 

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Thanks, I had a look at that one and the reason I asked is because I thought it was at first, but it has a different shape, i.e. the notch in the front goes closer to the logo and the edges are more angled.

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Just now, kc100 said:

Thanks, I had a look at that one and the reason I asked is because I thought it was at first, but it has a different shape, i.e. the notch in the front goes closer to the logo and the edges are more angled.

There are a range of stylus that will fit.  Comparing the plastic you can see easily does not mean much.  The VM95 is totally different, but still fits.  Some people cut all the plastic away except for the small stub that hold the cantilever and that slots into the cartridge body.  That's the only bit that really has to fit, and AT made many cartridges with the same crucial "slot/wedge"

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Posted (edited)

I think JVC had their own stylus that came originally fitted to your TT.

 

https://www.lpgear.com/product/JVCSJLA20.html

 

I'd say the AT is an upgrade but doubt you would hear the difference, I think I may have one you can have, will check tomorrow 

Edited by Powerglide

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Posted (edited)

Hey, thanks for the tips everyone, let me know if you have it Powerglide, I'd be very grateful.

 

If not, I actually found this which is half the price of the VMN95E and I can go and pick it up.

 

https://www.storedj.com.au/audio-technica-atn95-stylus-for-at95-cart-elliptical-suits-lp120-turntables

 

What do you think?

Edited by kc100

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