I have a lot of mono albums,and wonder if it is worth it to get a mono cartridge.What are the advantages? I have heard that scratches are less of a problem and fidelity may be better. Is that all? I have a Dual 1229 with a mono /stereo headshell and can sum the connections to get mono sound,already. I currently have an AT95e stereo cartridge.Would I be better off just upgrading my stereo cartridge? Also, has anyone heard the Jeff Beck ,Truth lp from Sundazed, in mono?
I use a 1.0 mil stereo stylus on my mono records, with the mono switch on. This has been much better than an elliptical stylus for me. I've tried a wide range...1.0 mil, 0.7 mil, elliptical, fine line, Shibata, etc.
Take a look at the explanation at the KAB Audio website. They actually recommend what you're doing...using a stereo stylus and combining the channels...but the larger stylus is quieter in this situation. I've settled on the Ortofon Pro S stylus and it's what I'm happy with.
I'd be very interested to hear the results of whatever you go with. I'm developing a bit of an unused stylus collection, but at least these things have been fairly cheap. The Pro S stylus was only $20. Best of luck with it.