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Genuine GRADO Signature 8MZ Stylus - our Stock #527-DE-8MZ
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Genuine GRADO Signature 8MZ Stylus - our Stock #527-DE-8MZ

Replacement Needle/Stylus Assembly
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OEM Genuine Grado 8MZ Prestige Stylus

Can be installed on all Grado Prestige cartridges if desired. GRADO Authorized USA reseller.

  • Elliptical bonded diamond tip needle for use at 16, 33 or 45 speeds.
  • NOT for 78 rpm speed.
  • 1.5 grams recommended tracking pressure.

All info from gradolabs.com, except thisDON'T remove the goo from inside the cartridge when you remove the needle. It's for proper sound dampening installed by Grado on purpose! Also! this needle is somewhat difficult to replace. Please practice with your old needle 1st a couple times to get the hang of it as it is very easy to slip and break off the cantilever when inserting the new needle. If by some miracle you still have the box from the cartridge there should be a special tool to grab the 'ears' that stick out the side of the cartridge to help pull the needle down and out.
Grado Replacement Stylus History
FTR GTR See our 526 type needle
FCR GCR See our 526 type needle
FTE GTE See our 526 type needle
FCE GCE See our 526 type needle
F3E+, CD-4 GF3E+ MF3E+ XF3E+ ZF3E+ BLUE (0.3 x 0.7 mil)
F2+ GF2+ MF2+ XF2+ ZF2+ RED
F1+ GF1+ MF1+ XF1+ ZF1+ SILVER
G1+ M1+ X1+ Z1+ GOLD
G2+ M2+ X2+ Z2+ GOLD

All Grado cartridges now use a derivation of the moving iron principle which feature patented OPTIMIZED TRANSMISSION LINE cantilever technology, PIVOTED FIXED AXIAL STYLUS-GENERATOR MODULE, and Grado's FLUX-BRIDGER GENERATOR SYSTEM.

Grado's OTL provides an ideal transfer of the signal from point to point, e.g., stylus to cantilever to magnet to coils, etc. This has been achieved by eliminating resonance at each of these key junctions. The transmission line cantilever consists of separate sections that are telescoped into each other. All sections are made of different alloys, some sections hollow, other sections solid. These sections are bonded together with materials that act as dampers, and are coated with a black proprietary material which controls and absorbs resonances that travel on the surface of the cantilever (known as skin effects). The OTL stylus/cantilever design will make your records sound quieter, improve the height, width, and depth of the soundstage, and offer more detail than previously obtainable. Cartridge Holography does exist...and that is what Grados OTL technology is all about, more performance.

This design feature is basically quite simple. The "OTL" cantilever shaft is brought to a fixed axial pivot that supports the entire cantilever assembly. A miniature element attached to the end of the cantilever is allowed to move freely within the lines of flux of a stationary magnet and coil structure.

A. Styli
B. Cantilever
C. Miniature Generating Element
D. Armco Iron Disc
E. Rubber Gromet
F. Stylus Assembly Housing
G. Generator Pole Pieces
H. Fixed Axial Pivot

This system of support is mechanically more accurate (more linear) than conventional "teeter-totter" designs that utilize an iron armature to balance the mass of the cantilever. The teeter-totter design is supported in the center with a rubber donut mounting.

The fixed axial design has a very low tip mass, which results in lower distortion, improved transient response, and longer record life.

This proprietary design allows the implementation of the Flux-Bridger Generator System!

The Flux-Bridger design uses four separate magnetic gaps that the miniature element of the cantilever bridges. The miniature element moves between opposing flux gaps creating an increase in flux in one gap while reducing it in the other. The four separate magnetic gaps create a highly efficient and perfectly balanced system. This design requires fewer coil turns than conventional designs.

Fewer coil turns allow Grado cartridges to have lower mass and lower electrical inductance, making them insensitive to tone arm cable capacitance. The four gap design is perfectly balanced and eliminates magnetic residue which contributes to increasing distortion over longer time periods. Grado cartridges reduce distortions that cause listeners fatigue.

Each individual cartridge manufactured by Grado is hand assembled and tested for frequency response, channel output, channel balance, phase linearity, inductance and resistance. This meticulous care in design and construction lavished on each Grado cartridge contributes to an unchallenged consistency of performance and guarantee of reliability.

5 Stars
GRADO 8MZ Stylus
Excellent upgrade to F1+ cartridge. Just like forums say great separation and extended bass and treble. Works great on JVC straight tone arm turntable.
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Reviewed by:  from Michigan. on 11/5/2018
5 Stars
Prestige "Upgrade"
I thought I'd give the 8MZ a go after a ham-fingered disaster with my new Grado Prestige Gold 2. In audio forums, a lot of folks see this as a significant "upgrade" to the Prestige line, but from what I can gather from the Grado folks, they see it as an alternate voicing for that cartridge, as the MZ was intended for another body. Some might like it, some might prefer the warmer sound of the Prestige. I find that it does seem to extend bandwidth out a considerable distance on both ends from the Prestige and is definitely "faster." But it also seems to demand a more aggressive VTA to get the SRA right. You really want to tip the back of the cartridge back a way to re-establish balance. It seems to track better as well, but at the demand of about a .1g of additional VTF. Is it better? I think I might like it better in my system, but the extra brightness took some getting used to. If you need to upgrade or change out a dead diamond on a Prestige, this might be worth a gamble. Or if you are wallowing in cash and just want to check it out. Cheers.
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Reviewed by:  from Mendocino County. on 4/1/2020
5 Stars
8MZ stylus
8MZ is a very good replacement for Prestige cartridges. I can't compare to the Gold stylus but it does work very well in the Gold cartridge. I bought my Gold cartridge used with a broken stylus. I also have a Z+ cart with the 8MZ and it also sounds very good. Would recommend the 8MZ to anyone with an upper level Prestige cart. Turntable Needles is a good source for a replacement stylus my transaction was flawless.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Colorado. on 7/3/2020
5 Stars
Grado Stylus.
Best price. Best product. super excellent.
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Reviewed by:  from Edmond. on 8/30/2021
5 Stars
8Mz review
I wanted to replace the stylus for my Grado Blue Cartridge. Was gonna get a gold stylus. Rich Grado himself recommended the 8 Mz. First, getting the recommendation from the family was really nice. Second, family business in Brooklyn - will always support. Third - This was a HUGE upgrade. Yes, very bright, so it will catch every crackle, click, noise on your old LPs. But it is just so superlative, that I forgive all that. I have a Sumiko Pearl on a Hitachi turntable. Sounds great until I compare it to the Grado. I'm buying another 8 Mz stylus to keep on file when I wear this one down. So I am recording all my LPs on CD using Audacity (uncompressed audio is a beautiful thing). With this software and some gentle post-processing, I get CDs that sound absolutely stupendous. Hard to believe they came from my 45 year old Thorens and the Grado. Go for it!!
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Reviewed by:  from Plainview, Long Island. on 10/9/2021

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