If you or a relative have a collection of 78s then you really
should go out and rescue them. Then play them as they have
never been played before. You can simply buy a SL-1200 turntable and the Stanton 78c Cartridge.
AT-MONO 3/SP Moving Coil 78rpm cartridge
Who would have thought it! A moving Coil cartridge design
specifically for 78's. Although the stylus looks a little
small, in really this cartridge really performs in a way like no
other. It can be used straight into an ordinary moving magnet
preamplifier or for the ultimate, with a MC preamplifier.
We use one on our demo unit here.
This is what Audio Technica say: The Audio Technica
AT-MONO 3/SP cartridge is special – redesigning not just the
needle, but the whole cartridge specially for “shellac” or
phonograph records. A high output moving coil cartridge of
excellent production quality and wound with PCOCC coil for
signal purity, it is designed to deliver excellent fidelity and
superb clarity when playing 78 RPM mono records. With its high
output of 1.2 mV, it can be used without additional
pre-amplification or a MC transformer. Proven in use for
many years in Japan, the Audio-Technica AT-MONO 3/SP cartridge
in now available in Europe and helps to bring back the pure joy
of discovery and listening pleasure for 78rpm record playing.
We have now had
some time using this unique 78rpm moving coil cartridge.
On good quality 78's from the post war ear, the quality is
simply stunning. Even on old records the ability to track
a 7gm is so very useful. Being a true mono design it nulls
any vertical noise/modulation and correctly sums both sides of
the grove reducing the uncorrelated noise by 3dB. If you
are into 78's you must add this cartridge to your collection!
Or it may be your only cartridge ?
Type: Moving Coil,
Mono 78 RPM Mono cartridge
Frequency response: 45 -7,000 Hz
Output voltage: 1.2 mV (1kHz and 5 cm/sec)
Tracking force: 3.0 - 7.0 g (5.0 g standard)
Recommended load: 40 ohms - 47K ohms (determine best value by
Channel separation: Not applicable
Channel balance: Not applicable
Cantilever: Aluminium alloy
Stylus: Highly polished special conical 2.5 mil diamond
Dynamic compliance: 7.0 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Static compliance: 20.0 x 10-6 cm/dyne
External size: H16.0 x W16.6 x L26.5 mm
Weight: 6.8 g
Accessories included: Screwdriver, 4 screws, 2 washers and 2
nuts, spacer/weight, stylus brush
£215.00 in stock now
Fitted to a headshell £250.00
78rpm Stylus & Cartridge
The Stanton Cartridge is designed for
excellent stability even under heavy tracking. Each cartridge
can be used for either archival or casual play without concern
for undue wear on the record. This is the latest Stanton,
not the older version.
On demonstration in Dartmouth Devon now
Stanton 500/505.V3 cartridge £39.95
(select a stylus from below)
Stanton 500/505.V3 cartridge & fitted to a headshell £74.95
(select a stylus from below)
D5127C 2.7mil conical diamond stylus £59.00
D5130EJ - 3.0 X 0.5 mil elliptical diamond stylus - most
1905 to 1940's,
slightly worn 78s & transcriptions, & some Edison discs
D5140EJ - 4.0 X 1.0 mil elliptical diamond - Edison Diamond &
very old/worn discs, raw aluminium, RCA home recordings, also Pathé
vertical discs £199.00 (only two left in stock)
modified for 78rpm
The SL-1200 series of turntables modified by us (click
here to see them) are used by audiophiles all over the
world. With its high torque direct drive motor it is
ideally suited for 78rpm reproduction. We modify it to
operate at 71 to 91rpm with a quartz locked 78.26rpm fixed setting.
You still get fixed 33 1/3 and 45 for your more modern records!. You can upgrade the arm and have an extraordinarily good system.
Supplied with a strobe disc for 71.29/76.59/78.26/80/81.82/85/90
The modification includes a new external
SMPS 100/117/220/230/240 volt power supply, not our expensive one of
On demonstration in Dartmouth Devon now
fitting £100.00. Total = £399.00. Fitting can be accomplished by any
skilled electronics engineer.
PSU, HE PSU instead £450.00 fitting £50.00 Total =
We supply a
good used two year guaranteed SL-1200/SL-1210 and modify it £794.00
in total (£1,145.00 with HE PSU). So it's a ready to go,
guaranteed SL-1200/SL-1210 at 33/45/78 rpm, these are used by government
restoration library's all over the world.
disc for free! 10 - 500rpm!
To print out a
lovely strobe click here.
If the rpm is an exact match for 50 or 60hz you will get one
stripe, if not then very cleverly you will get two stripes and
you set the speed in the middle, simple but brilliant!
Select Custom as the strobe type and enter your target rpm.
You could print of many different ones?
require larger tips for normal playback. Using styli of various
sizes to overcome noise in records caused by wear and abuse is a
common technique. There is no optimum size stylus. The one that
produces the best sound is the correct stylus to use. The kit
consists of five Stanton 500/505 compatible, elliptical diamond
styli and one conical sapphire stylus. They require 2 - 5 Gram
Most vintage recordings do not have to be played with any
particular stylus, but they were made to be played with certain
standard styli. 78s and radio transcriptions require a coarse
groove stylus of approximately 3 mil. You should choose the
stylus that provides the best overall sound regardless of size.
Here are some recommendations to start with:
D5120EJ - 2.0 X 0.4 mil elliptical diamond - worn LPs, some
D5125EJ - 2.5 X 0.5 mil elliptical diamond - late unworn 78s
D5130EJ - 3.0 X 0.5 mil elliptical diamond - most 1905 to 1940's,
slightly worn 78s & transcriptions, & some Edison discs.
D5135EJ - 3.5 X 0.8 mil elliptical diamond - old or worn 78s,
D5140EJ - 4.0 X 1.0 mil elliptical diamond - Edison Diamond & very old/worn
discs, raw aluminium, RCA home recordings., also Pathé vertical
D5180J - 8.0 mil conical sapphire - RCA home recordings, and
worn Pathé vertical discs.
is to have six Stanton cartridges on six quick interchangeable
headshells, one with each of our six Archival stylus!! Ah,
the joy of six!
Archival Elliptical 6 Stylus Kit £699.00 (special order
only, please check with us first)
Stanton 500/505.V3 cartridge £39.95
Spare headshell £14.95
Headshell ready fitted with a Stanton 500/505 cartridge £74.95 each
Archival Elliptical 6 Stylus Kit, headshells, cartridges, all
ready mounted ready to go!
£1,099.00 (special order only, please check with us
The truly ultimate
is above, with a standard Stanton on the left to play your
friends ex disco/club records, next a AT440MLa audiophile for
your new vinyl, and then all 6 78rpm cartridges, heaven?
Stabiliser & De-resonator
A soft copper Cartridge Stabiliser that adds mass
to your arm allowing the better use of the 78 rpm
cartridges when using normal headshells. 7.8g
(3mm thick) and 3.1g (1.2mm thick) available, so you can
have 3.1, 6.2, 7.8, 10.9, 14.0 and 15.6g. We
use the 7.8g on all our systems.
1 off £24.95, 2 off £34.95, 3 off £44.95 free UK postage.
Fibre cartridge de-resonator that actually works.
Unlike the boy racer carbon effect, this is the real
McCoy! This beautifully formed device tightly
couples your cartridge to your headshell dissipating and
thereby suppressing any nano resonances. £14.95
old turntable in the attic or even just bought a cheap turntable
off eBay? This unit will allow you to accurately replay
both modern LP's and using special equalisation old 78's.
You can add one or two turntables to an amplifier that has no
phono input or a second turntable to an amplifier with only one
phono input. The Archival Preamp can be used to convert any AUX
input to phono use. A Rear panel switch sets up for one
turntable for LP and one for 78s, or one turntable for both
types of record. Plug it straight into your amplifier, or
connect the output of the preamp directly to a computer sound
card with the supplied cable. It is designed for both home as
well as broadcast/studio applications. The preamp applies
accurate “record equalisation” in the form of the RIAA curves.
These equalization curves are adjustable with the front panel
switch to match that of modern records or of vintage 78s and
early radio broadcast transcriptions.
Archival Preamplifier and UK supplied 230V PSU £89.95
speed 14 - 170rpm
Designed by Dave
Cawley and manufactured in the UK this has to be the product of
the decade !
can be difficult, especially if they run at a non-standard
speed. Now for the first time you can have a direct drive
turntable with totally accurate digital readout.
Speed selection can
be with the preset buttons, by a large rotary knob and also with
up/down buttons. The readout and resolution are both 0.01 rpm,
Fine speed is set to 0.01 rpm increments and coarse/fast speed
is set in 1 rpm increments.
Custom versions are
available and the firmware is updateable on the fly. We fit a
brand new SME M2-9R tonearm, others are available.
This is not a power
supply, it is a DDS (Direct Digital Synthesiser) PLL (Phase
Locked Loop) control system for the Technics SL-1200 and other
We can modify your
own turntable or supply an as-new one with a 6 year warranty.
You can also fit this yourself to your
turntable, it just needs 4 non-invasive soldered joints.
controller is completely silent in operation and if anything
improves on the already legendary performance of the Technics.
You will be
surprised at the performance of this system, no hum or buzz,
instantaneous response and absolutely no speed deterioration due
to stylus drag.
As an option we can
fit an extra internal power supply to also power the SL-1200
using a single umbilical cable. This reduces still further any
noise by removing the transformer vibration and eliminating the
electrical hum field. The transformer is custom wound for us. A
linear power supply is used which is user configurable to
operate anywhere in the world on both 50 and 60Hz and from 90 to
260V. Special offer ! Internal PSU supplied at no
Click here for a pdf
Click here for
the HiFi World review
T-01DDS variable speed $2,995 USD
supply brand new SME M2-9R with ABEC 7 bearings on a
gimbal, no old knife edge bearings here! Using the
traditional SME detachable headshell allows quick and
easy cartridge change.
headshell weights are available so that the tracking
weight is easily adjusted, just change the headshell to
the new cartridge with the appropriate weight fitted, no
Now you can
have everything in one archival turntable, accuracy,
adjustable and repeatable speed.
Those that have
seen and heard the prototype have said that it is now the only
equaliser you will ever need. Combining all the features
of the Vadlyd, the Owl-1 and the Owl Multifilter and much more,
this will soon become the industry standard. The designer
of the Owl-1 and Multifilter said at the AES Conference in New
York 2013 "the world has been waiting 20 years for this".
• Owl-1 & Owl Multifilter compatible
• 19" rack Analogue real time equaliser
• 2 cartridge/arm inputs
• Moving coil and moving magnet input
• Variable cartridge load
• Variable LF and HF EQ
• Fixed EQ for rapid archiving
• Variable slope and variable frequency
• Wide range rumble filter
• Two "frying/sizzle" notches
• Compatible with the Owl-1 & Vadlyd
Full specification here
T-01EQ $2,995 USD
high performance op-amps
• Proper Mono summing resulting in a3dB signal to noise
increase using stereo cartridges.
• Comprehensive groove wall selection
• Variable vertical and lateral
• Single ended and balanced output
• High signal to noise
• Low distortion
• HiFi performance
• Built in 100/120/230V 50/60Hz power supply
were recorded to different standards than now employed in RIAA
equalized phono amplifiers. The Re-Equalizer compensates for
this. Easily installed through the external tape monitor circuit
or your preamplifier/receiver or between your phono stage and
amplifier. Accurate reproduction from any source is
accomplished by producing an accurate equalization difference
curve to compensate the output of your RIAA phono preamp.
• In "BYPASS" mode the signal is hard-wired input to output -
introduces absolutely no noise or distortion
• In “IN” mode, left and right are combined to mono, and the
correct equalisation applied
• Supplied with six pages of recommended compensation settings
to accommodate any vintage record - including acoustics. this
remarkable document is considered by some to be the most highly
researched chart ever produced.
• Passive equalization design & film capacitors assure low TIM
and transparent sound.
• High input impedance for use with either valve or solid-state
• Works with phono, tape recorder outputs - any source.
• Sixty-Four different record compensations
• Easy to understand switches!
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Re-Equaliser II and 120/230V PSU £349.95
Re-Equaliser II EU, upgraded PSU and walnut case (we recommend
this option) £489.95
Vadlyd MD12 MK3
MD12 MK3 includes as standard vertical/lateral switch, and
switchable inputs for MM/MC cartridges. MC inputs are with 3
switchable load impedances: 50, 100, and 200 ohms. There
are two separate cartridge inputs, both switchabe MM/MC.
and serious record collectors know the problem when playing
early phonograph records: ordinary RIAA phono equalization does
not always match the original recording equalization that was
used to make the record. 78rpm records in particular have many
different eq settings depending on period, placement, and
recording company. Even within the same company, there may be
differences depending on which engineer was on job that day. The
VADLYD MD12 MK3 is a product with professional specifications,
but it is also useful for record collectors who want the proper
playback equalization of early phonograph recordings,
particularly 78rpm records.
• 12 presets enable adjustment to nearly all eq curves: 8
presets for 78s, and 4 presets for 33/45s
• Excellent sound quality
• Switches for Stereo, Mono L + R, Mono L or Mono R
• Switch for Vertical Cut records (Pathé/Edison)
• Volume and balance controls, suitable to drive a power
• Multiple LEDs for easy operation
• One set of outputs is balanced with XLR connectors, with a
second set providing unbalanced output on RCA phono jacks. This
allows for both professional and consumer use
• The third set of outputs is also balanced with XLR connectors,
but it contains a flat output signal. This signal is not
affected by the eq settings and is useful for making
simultaneous, archival transfers per Paragraph 184.108.40.206 of
IASA-TC04, “Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of
Digital Audio Objects”
• All inputs and outputs are gold plated Neutrik
• 19” wide suitable for mounting in one rack (1.75” high) space,
or it may be placed on a flat surface close to your turntable
• Two identical inputs, making it possible to have two
turntables connected at the same time
• Each input is switchable for moving magnet (MM) or moving coil
(MC) phono cartridges. Input impedance for MM cartridge is
standard 47 kOhm. MC inputs have 3 switchable load impedances:
50, 100, or 200 Ohm
• Front panel headphone jack with dedicated volume control
Click here to download
the comprehensive user manual.
On demo right now £1.995.00 (including 20% EU VAT)
Stylus Force Gauge
stylus gauges only go up to 3gm and the digital ones are
affected by the magnets in your cartridge as they aren't made
from really pure anti magnetic stainless steel. So how
about this, a simply balance! Stylus force gauges have all but
disappeared along with turntables. The few that remain are
designed solely for use with audiophile records and turntables
and cannot measure the higher requirements of DJs and vintage
record collectors. This of course, also applies to professional
sound restorers and those involved with record reissues. The
78rpm Stylus Force Gauge is simple to use and relies on the
principle of a basic laboratory balance.
Art Dudly of
Stereophile wrote " It's a simple balance beam, such as
the one that comes free with most Ortofon cartridges. But
whereas the Ortofon scale is too tiny and ambiguous to be
consistently useful and it tops out at 3gm this is big and easy,
and it comes with a total of 5.75gm in plastic weights, for use
in various combinations. Where that isn't enough, the
manufacturer recommends using various coins, the weights of
which are listed on their website. "
5 perspex weights
One pence: 3.56g
Twenty pence : 5.00g
Ten pence :
Two pence : 7.13g
Fifty pence : 8.00g
2 x 2.00g
£24.95 and in stock right now
the UK agents for Esoteric Sound which was founded because of
the decreasing number of manufacturers providing speciality
products in audio processing, and especially the waning number
of quality turntables oriented towards vintage records. Such
products are still required for archiving purposes and to enjoy
the vast number of little played 78's now appearing on eBay. If
you want any of their products (turntables excepted) delivered to your door, without
any of the hassle of a personal import, dealing with the import
duty, attempting to pay the VAT, then simply ask us by
clicking here. You can visit their site
http://www.esotericsound.com/ We will debit your
credit card in pounds and despatch your order from here in
Sunday July 06, 2014