Tips for buying a Shure V15 Type III - or not

Discussion in 'All Things Analog' started by Fran604g, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    I have the Denon AU-320 transformer and the Quicksilver SUT. I prefer the Quicksilver with my DL-103.

    The 103 likes to see ~40 ohms.
     
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  2. Fran604g

    Fran604g Just Call Me Junior

    I see the price point would be fairly similar to the DL-103 with a decent SUT factored into the equation.

    Hmmm:chin
     
  3. Fran604g

    Fran604g Just Call Me Junior

    That's good to know, thanks!
     
  4. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    @Fran604g - This is an extremely well regarded cartridge.

    Agree with @MikeT.
     
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  5. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    This is when it boils down to personal preference.

    I've been up and down the expensive cartridge ladder more than once and settled on the DL-103 with a good SUT (Quicksilver in my case but the Denon AU-320 also sounds great).

    There are better cartridges out there but the DL-103 sounds like music to me.
     
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  6. MikeT.

    MikeT. Senior Member

    @Fran604g , and a couple of more to consider. There are two cartridges burning up the reviews for the past year and both are available in high output version moving coil. They are both VERY affordable.
    HANA EH - Elliptical (I own the EL, low out put version of this one)
    HANA SH - Shibata
    If there is a cart that comes close to my memory of the V15 its the HANA EL. But it doesn't JUST come close, it blows by it at high speed. Amazing cart for the money.
    I'm driving the DL-103 at the moment and will be mounting the HANA EL this week in spare headshell and give it a drive later this week. I'm just not sure which one I'll end up with or if I should choose at all and keep both.
    I strongly recommend the HANA, either one, but the elliptical is $475 RETAIL.
     
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  7. je2a3

    je2a3 Junior Member

    I had the Beyer and it wasn't as good as the Altec 4722. If you can solder, may I suggest the Shure mic transformer? I've seen them go for less than $15 + RCA jacks and a project case, you'll have an MC step up for under $100.

    IMHO, the Shure is in the same league as the Beyer.

    JE
     
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  8. Fran604g

    Fran604g Just Call Me Junior

    Thanks, Mike. I'll take a look.
     
  9. Fran604g

    Fran604g Just Call Me Junior

    That's great to know. I may just build a box, that's something I can manage. Thanks!
     
  10. Chops54

    Chops54 Junior Member

    Here's my V15III in its new ebony body. Apologies for the poor pics. I'll post some better ones when it goes on the deck it's intended for.

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  11. fiddlefye

    fiddlefye Senior Member

    Wow. I've seen a few carts rebodied, but never anything like a V-15 III.
     
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  12. Chops54

    Chops54 Junior Member

    This particular V15 came from a Dual turntable, the same 701 that I bought recently to rebuild/modify. A cartridge made for a Dual turntable won't fit another arm so can often be bought for much less but then you need to decide what you're going to do with it! I didn't realise the deck I bought had a V15 on it so that was a bonus and hence the decision to rebody it. I dont know if I would do it to a standard V15. Anyway I'll be having a good listen to my rebodied V15 tonight whilst it's on the Thorens/SME.
     
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  13. Fran604g

    Fran604g Just Call Me Junior

    Do you have a "before" photo? I didn't realize there was a DUAL only version. In other words: I'm only familiar with "standard" 1/2" mount, and "P" mount cartridges.
     
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  14. Fran604g

    Fran604g Just Call Me Junior

    BTW: I'm talking about pairing a cartridge to my DUAL 1229 - it uses a "sled" for 1/2" "standard" mount cartridges - not the Ultra Low Mass arm cartridge mounting system found on other DUAL TT's (like the 1257 that I gave my son some years ago) that used a single screw type of cartridges.
     
  15. Chops54

    Chops54 Junior Member

    Sorry Fran but I didn't take a pic of the cart before removing the Dual body. It is however the one for the low mass arm that you mention and is badged LM. If you type in V15III LM on ebay you should find a few.
     
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  16. Fran604g

    Fran604g Just Call Me Junior

    Yeah, there are lots of the 1/2" mounts out there. I haven't looked at any of the "P" mount carts, those aren't really relevant for me. The 1229 uses a low mass arm, not to be confused with the ultra low mass arms - they're 2 different animals. I never liked the ULM arm on my old 1257, it seemed like I was very limited (40 years ago now :eek: ) in the selection of carts for it. There was an adapter one could by to fit 1/2" carts onto the ULM arm, but I don't think I ever procured the adapter...at any rate that doesn't matter now anyway, my son is perfectly content with the Ortofon Dual ULM-55E (IIRC) cart I had mounted on the 1257...
     
  17. John Frum

    John Frum Junior Member

    This matches up exactly with my experience. 2M Blue made me wonder why I spent so many years doinking around with vintage mid-level carts, including the V15III. Arm dependent of course.
     
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  18. Fran604g

    Fran604g Just Call Me Junior

    I think I very may try one out. Time for some more offsite reading...thanks to both of you for your comments!
     
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  19. Fran604g

    Fran604g Just Call Me Junior

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