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GP49 wrote:Skip the Shure V-15 ("Type I" though at the time it was made there was no "Type" number). The Pickering and Stanton surpass it. Shure themselves discontinued it relatively quickly and replaced it with the V-15 Type II which had markedly superior tracking and HF response.
If your Stanton 681 is already mounted, you could try to put the Pickering TL-3S stylus into it. The TL-3S is a P-mount version of the Pickering XV-15 series, which was identical to the Stanton 680/681, other than body color. The Stereohedron tip on the identical body may be just what you need.
GP49 wrote:If it has a Pickering-shaped stylus assembly with the dimples for the brush, I don't think it is the original stylus for the TL-3S.
If it's a Pickering-shaped stylus, it is probably an XV-15 stylus, which is totally interchangeable with the 680/681 body and the TL-3S. Does it have the stylized "PCin a circle" moulded on the front? If it does, it is a genuine Pickering stylus, and there should be lettering on the plastic grip that identifies it. If it lacks the "PC in a circle" it is an aftermarket stylus, which if unlabeled could be anything.
NOTE: While the Pickering XV-15 and Stanton 680/681 are identical, the Pickering XSV and Stanton 880/881/980/981 bodies, though they may look the same physically, operate on an entirely different principle (moving magnet; the XV-15 and Stanton 680/681 are moving IRON). Styli do NOT interchange between the moving magnet series and the moving iron series; they fit but don't work properly.