Not to mention the cheaper models in this Newcomb and Califone transcription player line had the abominable klutz of a 3 volt Astatic 89T, not something suited for modern records, the higher end version did have the GE VR II installed which was a lot better. But still not suited for Stereo. The GE VR II equipped Newcomb transcription player is nice for mono. The best of the school phonos otherwise is a VM (The Voice Of Music) save for the cheapest 89T equipped model. Those used a manual version of the VM 1200 series changer, usually had Euphonics ceramic cartridges installed, tracked around 3 grams and weren't brutal on records in good order. The VM players are very good, much better sounding than most every Califone and all but the high end Newcombs.