They could very well have shifted production of all the headshells to Malaysia where the other turntables are being made. That would be my guess. I don't have a scale, but it is listed as 7.6g, as as are all other Technics headshells I believe. I have several of the G headshells with cartridges already mounted, so I am not using the new one yet. It looks nice with the pebbled paint and Technics logo though.