Good (great?) cartridges with user replaceable styli

I've been considering getting a Ortofon Black 2M LVB 250 for use on a Rega Planar 6, but am wondering if there are other cartridges with user-replaceable  styli worth considering. (I know I'll need a spacer.) Why the user-replaceable stylus, you ask? Because I'm blind and might one day screw up, and wouldn't want to be out the whole cart if a mishap were to occur. I'm generally good, but, well, you know.


(Yes, I understand well that I could stream or play CDs or rip to a music server -- all of which I do plenty of. But I've got a decent selection of records, have long enjoyed spinning them, and would like to continue to do so.)


I've long had a Rega P3 and am figuring that the Planar 6 would feel quite familiar when putting a new record on. As such, I'm fairly set on that 'table, but am still open to other carts -- if the stylus can be changed.


I listen to all sorts of music, though more rock than classical. Plenty of acoustic stuff, a bit of jazz, and always Joni Mitchell.Thanks very much for any recommendations.


-- Howard



Aside from other factors, I want wide separation and tight center balance to provide more distinct imaging.

2m black has good +/- 1 db center balance, however it’s channel separation is very low at +/- 15db.

I also recommend getting a Shure V15Vxmr body (original stylus likely broken), and getting a replacement stylus from Jico. My choice was Shibata on Boron cantilever.

Here’s a V15Vmr body with I don’t know what stylus in it for $285.

Teh get the Jico Stylus for another $285.

Total $570. plus shipping, for awesome result

The Jico has a brush like Shure’s, you can use the cartridge with the brush up, not on the lp, or, lower the brush when desired. Note, Shure’s brushes were/are damped, like shock absorbers, best for warped lps, the Jico brush is not damped.


found this chart about Ortofon stylus interchangeability.


The M series Ortofon all have replacement styli but they are nearly as expensive at the complete cartridge. Grado and Sumiko as well but not sure which models. You can check out audioadvisor, which sells a few different styli.

Nagaoka cartridges are well worthwhile, and styli are user-replaceable. I have an MP-500 that is good enough that I bought a second TT and a couple of spare styli along with two extra tonearm pods and tonearms. It is used alongside a London Reference, Ortofon Cadenza Bronze and Cadenza Mono. It easily keeps up with the others and earns its place.

correction, 2m black channel separation is +/- 26db. sorry for the mis-information

from below

Channel balance at 1 kHz  -  1 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz  -  26 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz  -  15 dB


Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.  -  5 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz  -  1 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz  -  26 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz  -  15 dB
Frequency response  -  20-20.000 + 2 / - 0 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force  -  80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral  -  22 µm/mN
Stylus type  -  Nude Shibata
Stylus tip radius  -  r/R 6/50 µm
Tracking force range  -  1.4-1.7 g (14-17 mN)
Tracking force, recommended  - 1.5 g (15 mN)
Tracking angle  -  20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance  -  1.2 kOhm
Internal inductance  -  630 mH
Recommended load resistance  -  47 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance  -  150-300 pF
Cartridge colour, body/stylus  -  Black/Black
Cartridge weight  -  7.2 g

Replacement stylus unit  -  2M Black (interchangeable with 2M Bronze and 2M Black LVB 250)

Stylus lifetime: with proper care we find that up to 1000 hours is possible without degradation of performance. Please read about stylus care on our FAQ.

2M Series styli interchangeability:
The 2M Series' engines, coils and magnets configurations are not identical: Red and Blue are identical, so are the Bronze and Black and so are the true mono variants 2M Mono and 2M 78. Likewise, 2M series styli are interchangeable within the below combinations: 
- 2M Red, 2M Blue and 2M Silver
- 2M Bronze, 2M Black and 2m Black LVB 250
- 2M Mono and 2M 78


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