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



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


Download the 2M series userguide

Download the 2M series brochure

Grace F9 have replaceable stylus, and Soundsmith makes variations. I just helped my friend replace his stylus, sounds terrific

hishark search grace f9

same as the shure, buy a body, example, $175.


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NEW!! GRACE F9 Replacement stylus are now available!

All models are 25 x 10-6cm/Dyne (dynamic compliance)

Soundsmith OCL Nude stylus-Ruby Cantilever RUBY-OCL (RED) $499
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