- 1 Will any cartridge fit any turntable?
- 2 How do I know if my turntable cartridge is bad?
- 3 How do I know if my turntable needs a new needle?
- 4 How often should you change a turntable cartridge?
- 5 What does the cartridge do on a turntable?
- 6 How do I restore my turntable?
- 7 What can you do with old turntables?
- 8 How can I make my old records sound better?
- 9 Are turntable stylus universal?
- 10 Should I replace stylus or cartridge?
Will any cartridge fit any turntable?
Re: can you put any cartridge on any turntable? Any medium mass MM, MI, or MC cartridge option tracking at 1-3 grams will work fine. And properly aligned and set up perform well.
How do I know if my turntable cartridge is bad?
First you notice that records start sounding a little raspy, like the stylus has a bit of dirt on it. You clean, clean, clean the stylus, but the raspiness won’t go away. Then records start sounding a little brighter than you think they should.
How do I know if my turntable 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.
How often should you change a turntable cartridge?
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.
What does the cartridge do on a turntable?
The cartridge is an electro-mechanical device that translates the information in record grooves into an electrical signal that can be amplified to produce music. There are many different types of cartridges.
How do I restore my turntable?
- Step 1: Disassemble. Remove the turntable platter, internal cover and bottom protective case.
- Step 2: Inspect. Inspect the electronics for any potential problems.
- Step 3: Replacing Electronics.
- Step 4: Capacitors.
- Step 5: Desolder.
- Step 6: Replace.
- Step 7: Solder.
- Step 8: Reference Designators.
What can you do with old turntables?
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- Smash the hell out of it. Image via Complex Original.
- Fix it. Image via Complex Original.
- Make a clock. Image via Complex Original.
- Sell the remaining parts on eBay.
- Make a new one.
- Make an automatic lazy susan.
- Turn it into an awesome “drawing apparatus”
How can I make my old records sound better?
We’ll show you the best ways to select and clean your records, too.
- The better the setup, the better the sound.
- Optimize turntable placement.
- Make sure your cartridge is lined up.
- Tracking lightly doesn’t prevent record wear – it causes it.
- Manual turntables usually sound better.
- Used records are usually ok.
Are turntable stylus universal?
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.
Should I replace stylus or cartridge?
Others allow you to replace the stylus but not a cartridge (in case you’re thinking about replacing both). A good rule of thumb is that if the cartridge is mounted to the tonearm with screws, then you can replace the cartridge and stylus. If you don’t see any screws, it’s likely that only the stylus can be replaced.