I have been ‘messing’ around with my relatively new AT VM95 ML stylus (ca. 50 hrs of use). I have used a few SH styli before and wanted to experience ‘the other flavour: more sparkling, less laid back and superior track and trace capabilities… but now I’m experiencing something that I’d never had before running my shibata tip and I’d like some help/advice. First my modest set up: -Thorens TD 165 with TP11 stock arm fitted with VM95ML -Pioneer SA 7300 vintage amp (no phono pre) -Wharfedale Diamond 9.1’s … nothing special but sounds good to these ears. The issue… I’ve set everything by the book, and I know how these VTF-, SRA-, azimuth- things work (my SH tip sounded really lush and IGD/sibilance free), but with this ML… it can do better: I think I have a (anti?) skating issue. The table is dead level (so is the platter). VTF at 2.15 (digital scale), SRA is ok, azimuth looking good… when I set anti skate (weight/string) on the recommended 2 (at 2.15 VTF) it sounds good. When I set AS a little lower (1.0/1.5) then the soundstage and stereo image collapses and the left channel sounds more dull (no distortion though) ??? should left channel not be more clear with lower AS setting ??? Now the most confusing part: when I raise AS to 2.5 or even 3.0 the soundstage opens up, stereo gets wider and it sounds more even and balanced, but I get sibilance on the right channel?!? I am under the impression that with a raise of AS the right channel gets more groove contact so should sound better, not worse, or am I missing something… it’s only with a few difficult to track lp’s, but I figured a line contact should even outperform a shibata, no? I have set AS on 2.5 now, but the sibilance bothers me, on 2.0 it’s getting less, but als I get less of a soundstage/stereo image.. I have checked balance L R, wiring of cartridge, checked speaker cable… trust me, it’s not that. Does a Shibata / ML / MR need to have more or less AS applied? Opinions please… I’m reading so many different opinions re. anti skate on ML vs conicals but nowhere any logic to be found for my perculiar issue. Hope someboby can tell me something I don’t know… what am I doing wrong?