Sorry on typos, its VTF and 1.950 - 1.975 g in first paragraph.
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Could it be that you just wore it out ? Suspension bushing just gave out ? at 2K hours it surely had mileage.
One option you could have considered was to have the suspension replaced, I'd recommend Andy Kim at Needle clinic in WA, he has consistently done a great job on my own carts as well as that of clients. I had a Ortofon MC 70 redone by him a while back for $200, replaced the suspension cleaned the stylus and it was almost as good as new.
Just recently I had him replace the stylus on a ZYX R100 which had lost its tip, sounds great.
A client of mine had a child accident with a ZYX Diamond Gold which he repaired too.
How do you like the 1T compared to the 1S - I'm considering that move myself. Other than "love it" what does it do better ?
Thanks for the responses Peter and Ghosthouse.
I have around 1500-2000 hours on it I'm guessing over a 4 year period. I clean it with a Onzow regularly and have never had a mishap (luckily) with the cart. I use a digital microscope or a 10x magnifier to assess stylus cleanliness and wear.
I suppose it could be normal wear and tear on the suspension, but I just found it odd to be the horizontal suspension and not the vertical. The stylus is fixed slanted to the right whether playing or static on its armrest.
As far as the XV-1t is concerned comparing it to the XV-1s, the XV-1t right out of the box and without any break-in was clearly superior in detail retrieval and sound staging. I have a post on Audioshark. Here's the link:
Very interesting! The stylus on your cartridge has a complex cut. Can you
clearly see the larger cuts in the end that meets the groove? I am not
doubting, just looking for a bit of education.
I have seen any number of skewed cantilevers that I believe is due to
incorrect anti skate. Typically, if skating is off enough to skew the cantilever
it is off enough to cause uneven wear.
Unfortunately if didn't take pics of the stylus before shipping it back as part of a trade in for my XV-1t. But looking at both the XV-1s and XV-1t stylus prior to shipping, they looked virtually identical and I could nit detect uneven wear in the XV-1s.
But viridian, your analysis of uneven wear with inadequate anti-skate makes logical sense.
Here is a link to an interesting post by Peter Lederman of Soundsmith on
the subject of anti skate:
He's probably retipped enough nails to know! Note the response by Harry
Weisfeild (user name HW) who, predictably demurs.