This is the Special Edition created at the request of Harry at VPI, which has an elliptical stylus, aluminum cantilever, and 0.8 mV output. Much less fussy about VTA, and smooth and dynamic. I was using with a 12-inch VPI 3D arm but have switched to an ET-2, and prefer another cartridge with that arm. I bought this used from a seller who said it hadn't seen much use. I put about 40 hours on it (125 LP sides) then noticed that there was an issue with the suspension. It was shipped back to VAS and all was put right. No issues with the stylus. Rated 8 because I am the second owner, but plenty of life left in it. Price includes shipping to lower 48. No fees.