A post yesterday about a mono promo copy of Miles Davis and Gil Evans's Miles Ahead reminded me that I had been meaning to do this. Here is a needle drop of the first track (Springsville) using the same cartridge (Nagaoka MP-110) but 4 different stylus profiles (2.0 mil conical, 1.0 mil conical, 0.7 mil conical, 0.7 mil eliptical). My original interest in this was twofold: 1. the standard stylus size was 1.0 mil when this record was recorded and that made me wonder whether it sounds any different with a stylus that is "period-appropriate;" 2. I had read in a few places that a record with lots of groove wear may sound okay if you can get the needle to ride a little higher (larger stylus tip) or lower (smaller stylus tip) than the level of the damage. One of these is obviously garbage, but the other three I think all sound pretty nice. If you've made it this far, please check them out and comment on which is your favorite! Note: the files are in random order. I'll post their identities in a day or so. stylus 1 mp3 stylus 1 FLAC stylus 2 mp3 stylus 2 FLAC stylus 3 mp3 stylus 3 FLAC stylus 4 mp3 stylus 4 FLAC Signal chain is turntable-->Don Sachs phono stage-->Focusrite Scarlett-->Audacity. No gain applied in Audacity.