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This is an N.O.S. genuine Pickering DTL-4S needle exactly as pictured above and in the factory Pickering cube.
The 609-DEZ stock number is a genuine OEM Stereohedron Pickering DTL-4S. The 4S came in two interchangeable body styles which we call 'tall' & 'short'. The 1E,2E,3S,4S are all interchangeable among the respective cartridges. The difference is in the quality of the cut of the diamond tip. See 'related products' section below for cheaper compatible solutions.NOTE: Because this needle is designed for use specifically with Pickering cartridges, it can be found in numerous brands of turntables. In some cases the cartridges for this needle may be original equipment supplied with a new turntable, but was more likely selected at time of sale to complete a turntable sold without a cartridge or later as an upgrade to the original cartridge supplied by the turntable manufacturer. This needle should be matched primarily to the cartridge type not necessarily the turntable.(from Stanton Literature - "Stereohedron Stylus Tip is a patented feature assuring greater bearing radius and more contact area with the groove and gives exceptional frequency response . . . SUPERior protection of high frequency signals in the groove . . . longer record life . . . longer stylus life . . . better tracing ability."PICKERING CARTRIDGES TL-2S TL2S SUPER TL-3S TL3S TL-4S TL4S TL-4 SUPER TL4 SUPER TL-S-C TLSC XLZ/4500S XLZ/7500S XP-20 XP20 XP-25 XP25 XP-50 XP50PICKERING NEEDLES DTL-4S DTL4S(often mistyped as DLT4S or DLT-4S)very close to PICKERING NEEDLES D4500S D7500S STEREOHEDRON STEREO HEDRON