Suggestions - stylus for old XV-15 cartridge 2011-01-29 18:36:26 Bought a Pickering XV-15 new in '72. No idea what stylus it had - "disappeared" from cart. Will be using it on Technics SL-B1 or Dual 1218. Probably won't spend $150 on stylus. Mostly for recording/ digitizing, not LP listening. Still, want to capture good quality w/o breaking the bank. Never listened to a D625 or any line contact types - would like some input / suggestions. Most likely, if went w/ a line contact, it'd have to be generic.Suggestions on who carries good selection (good quality) generic Pickering Styli for older carts? Looked at bunch online - very few carry XV-15 styli. LP Gear is one: herePickeringuk site does list D757S for $119 here. But another page, same site says it's $195 hereTechnical guy at Blues Broz, said "wouldn't go higher than D625 E w/ XV-15 (.3 x .7 elliptical) if just going to digitize. Frequency of digital playback is capped at 20 KHz." "If going to listen to LPs, more advanced styles cost could be justified." They had OEM styli for XV-15.Don't know if true or agree w/ that. Wouldn't the extra sound quality he (& others) mention from advanced types styli - between freq's of 20 - 20K, still be evident on recordings? He had more expensive styli to sell, so wasn't a matter of trying to sell what he had.Majority of LPs I'll record are used - some lightly. Lots of talk on diff shape & contact pattern / area of more advanced styli - they may contact previously untouched / undamaged grooves of records played w/ conical or even elliptical. Guess depends on real LP condition.Some owners of JICO styli are quite satisfied. Any owners of these / other generics out there, or compared them to OEM version?A very interesting comparison of diff shapes & theoretical groove wall contact is hereAn interesting PDF download of JICO's SAS brochure & diagrams comparing contact pattern/ area to other common styli is http://www.vinylengine.com/lib.....ylus.shtml (membership req'd).Any input appreciated.