I have been enjoying this Shibata replacement diamond needle/stylus assembly for quite some time now. Tracking at 1.5 grams, I believe that Shibata tips track better because of the greater contact with the record surface than elliptical or conical tips. Im using this in the cartridge that came with now vintage Panasonic 4 channel disc demodulator. Its neither a moving coil nor moving magnet cartridge, but a strain gauge. Great on stereo, Quad, or direct to disc recordings. I love it.