What kind of needle does my record player need?
While any record player needle will work to convert vibrations created by groove shape into sound, the best needles are durable (either nude diamond or diamond tipped), small, and have a large surface area. Vinyl and shellac both use grooves to record audio, so most cartridges will work.
Does any needle fit any record player?
Record player needles are not universal. Every record player uses a specific type of needle. There is sometimes possible to replace a record player needle with a different type, but only if the new needle is compatible with the original needle.
Can you replace needles on a record player?
Replacing the needle on your turntable is not an impossible task. With proper research and practice, it is something you can easily do on your own, and save a lot of money. But you do need to make sure you know what you are doing, before you attempt this.
How often should record player needles be replaced?
Most manufacturers recommend changing your stylus at around 1000 hours of record playing time. So if you’re using your turntable for an hour or so per day on average, ideally you should be changing the stylus every couple of years.
How do I choose a turntable stylus?
What to Look for in a Cartridge. Stylus shape: The shape of the stylus affects how it makes contact with the record groove. The narrower the contact radius, the better the stylus will be able to track modulations in the groove. The two most common shapes of styli are conical and elliptical.
Does the needle matter on a turntable?
They can trace the little squiggles in the record grooves much more accurately than a ceramic cartridge can, because a magnetic cartridge is “faster” and “lighter on its feet.” You get a much better, more accurate representation (better “analogy”) of the sound from the squiggles of the record’s grooves.
How do I know what stylus I need?
How do I know if my record player needs a new needle?
If the needle starts to “skip forward or bounce” it will need to be replaced. Make sure the grip of the Cantilever is solid and not loose. If there is black residue stuck to the point of the needle, it may be a sign that the stylus was overused and not properly maintained.