what needles do you recommend as being the best sounding (need to be able to back cue) with the LEAST amount of record wear?
please list your choices from most affordable to expensive.
right now, i'm using the shure whitelabels w/ a spherical tip. i also have stanton trackmasters 'roger sanchez' editions w/ elliptical tips. both needles are 1 piece designs. i feel that the trackmasters
have a better sound that's fuller. they also have a higher output. but, are supposedly a bit longer than the standard needle setup w/ (technics headshell) - i was told that because they are slightly longer, they could wear my records down faster (especially with back cueing).
i'm not sure if the banana shaped ortofons are longer than the standard setup. i'd be interested to find out.
from the research i have done, it seems that ellipticals sound better because they pick up more surface area in the groove but are not recommended for scratching and excessive back cueing because of record wear.
and the sphericals are more recommended for scratching and seem to stick to the groove better. i've noticed the shures do stick better but i'm more interested in better sound than tricks and scratching.
i've heard a lot of good things about the ortofon line as well as the grado's which have a dj line (that you can back cue with)
but, i can imagine the grado's being quite expensive, though.
the one piece design needles are cool because they are quite simple to install but i've read somewhere that sometimes they have connection/contact problems where you wont be able to hear one channel or the other.
so, should i just get some needles that i can attach to the technics headshell? i was considering the ortofon nightclub OM's w/ an elliptical needle. i may also check out the stanton 680 EL MK II with the blue tip like scott recommended.
and then the final question is, if i use both elliptical and spherical needles, would that wear out my records faster?
thanks for all your imput! you guys rock!