So, thanks to @malden, who swears that the Jico direct products are different than what you'd find in an EVG package, which are often described as "Jico," I finally spent my hard-earned cash for the benefit of AK and took delivery of Jico, direct from Jico, for the Pickering XV-15/D1200, the Shure M91E, ADC PSX-40 and the Shure M104E. I got the last two because they're only $22. What the heck? Shipping is $22 no matter how many styli you buy, so why not load up? I wish I still had time for the thorough and in-depth reviews I used to do, but I just don't right now. And, my phone right now is too full for photos, so this will just have to do until I can come back and edit that stuff in. Visual inspection: The EVG and the JICO look like they are made from the exact same parts from the grip to the cantilever, to the bonded .3 x .7 elliptical diamond tip under magnification. The cantilevers, in particular, are absolutely identical. I haven't disassembled the JICO to see if the suspension is the same translucent bubblegum colored ring that the EVG's is, but I'm just going to assume that it is. It is clear that the brush of the EVG and the Jico are the very same. Differences: Jico includes a tie wire. So, for about $35 to $40 more in retail price for the Jico, you get a tie wire. Big deal, right? Well, based on the limited listening I have done, it is a big deal. I don't have computer software and the ability to do graphic analysis (perhaps I can mail a cartridge and both styli to @gusten to conduct this research) but I "swear" that the bass is much tighter with the tie wire and the high end is also clearer/better defined compared to, for example, the best-bargain-in-town EVG PM4052DE/4606-DEX. That is not to say that the EVG is relegated to the scrap heap. It's a great stylus and for less than $20 it's a real winner. I don't want to overly exaggerate and show some restraint, but I've had very nice moving coil cartridges hooked up to my system, too, and this stylus in any XV-15 or Stanton 680/681 was pretty close to some and surpassed others. I have not compared to an original D1200 as of yet. I expect the nude .2 x .7 elliptical to still be a few notches ahead of the Jico, which really, is more like a D625 in spec. It's got a larger cantilever than the D1200 and the D625 is a .3 x .7 bonded elliptical as well. Construction compared to original Pickering: somewhat crude. You won't find the suspension crimps as on the originals and which some aftermarket manufacturers have duplicated. The brush is thin with the amount of bristles, but it works. I still think the cantilever is larger than it really needs to be and is certainly not anodized like an original. Even the solder joint where the tie wire is attached at the rear of the insert tube is a bit rough looking. But it sounds good and the price is fair, so who cares? Compared to an original D1200, of course, there's no nude mount. I'll update the comparison as I have time, but I actually do believe that the Jico D1200 is about the best you can get these days without blowing major bucks on a Shibata, or blowing major time waiting for originals or the better aftermarket replacement styli of yesteryear to show up at auction. While I didn't get any other Pickering styli, I assume that the D400, D625, D750 and D1200 Jico are all the same since the price $56 is the same for all four, and they're all "elliptical." Stay tuned for reviews of the other Jico styli I nabbed as time allows. This would be my recommended stylus for any XV-15 or Stanton 680/681 or even a V15 Phase/Micro. Given that the purchase of one at $56 plus $22 shipping comes so close to the price of an LPGear ViVidline ($79.95 + $8.88 shipping), though, you know, it's a tough recommendation one over the other. The ViVidline should have higher resolving power based on it's finer diamond tip, but the lack of tie wire in the ViVidline construction could hobble the resolving power of the ViVidline. The tie wire of the Jico audibly brings something to the ear over the EVG, but the EVG is also pretty awesome on its own. I haven't compared the ViVidline directly to the Jico, so look for that in an upcoming installment. The only real complaint I have about the LPGear product is that it's very sensitive to antiskate, perhaps due to the lack of a tie wire. Any antiskate at all pushes the cantilever off center. Some people--antiskate skeptics of which there are more than a few, however, may prefer this. Also, the Jico does NOT go both ways, which means that it is a true "moving iron" stylus, just like the EVG, but not the ViVidline, which seems to be equally at home in a moving magnet body for which it is sold, or a moving iron body--generating a nice, loud, clean and even signal in either type of motor. In fact, my ViVidline is for the XLZ-7500S, but you'll most commonly find it tracing the grooves in my Pickering/Lafayette Phase 44 LRE moving iron body. While it is clear to me now, that just like with the Shure styli, "Jico" and "EVG" as brand names should not be interchanged as synonymous or equal, it's also clear to me that most of the parts of the EVG are made by Jico. Perhaps Jico makes the EVG styli to a lower price point. Less likely I suppose, is that EVG and Jico buy from the same supplier and assemble their own. Based on what I see and hear, the Jico is like a "deluxe" EVG. However, I'm still curious about the differences between the Jico, Tonar and EVG styli for the M91E since the price points are so much more similar. In fact, the Tonar is more expensive than the Jico on most websites. Stay tuned . . .