Reletively inexpensive turntable cartridge?

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  1. Matt Stone

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    I've been using my parents old turntable for a few months, and I'm loving it, but it still has the stock cartridge (Sony turntable circa 1989). Would it be worth my while to buy a new one?

    TIA
     
  2. Philip Hamm

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    DEFINITELY! Go to Best Buy, Radio Shack, online. They're easy to find. Hopefully your turntable is p-mount so it's just plug-and-play. I like Audio Technica.
     
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    Yes, oui, si, affirmative. If you have a magnifying glass, take a look at the needle on that old cartridge. Look for wear on the sides of the needle. When that goes far enough, the tip breaks off. I bet the needle must be well-worn by now...? When needles get a major wear pattern on them, they scratch your record grooves a mite bit. You may be close to needing a needle or new cartridge and same, anyway?

    Your mount type will determine your options. They'll be less if it's P-mount. If it's standard mount try the Shure 97. There's lots of standard mount cartridges in the $50 - $200 range that are good. P-mount...and you'll may have to look a little harder for a real upgrade...? I know less about P-mount but I do know I don't see that much of it at audio websites I visit.

    Mount type...?
     
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    I was screwing around with the table this morning, and the cartridge just yanks out. It has 4 pins in a square configuration...I'm assuming that is P-mount. As for P-mount...any suggestions on brands? Not looking for anything pricey, just a decent upgrade.

    Thanks guys!
     
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    That's P-mount. I have an Audio Technica that I got at a local audiophile shop, I love it.
     
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    How much money should I be looking to spend? I'm currently checking out the carts at Needle Doctor.
     
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    Shure is one of the major brand names for the turntable needles.

    They have price ranges which vary depending on what you want.

    Speaker of that, I do have a Shure on my turnable on from the early 90+ and it's still there. Probably still in reasonable condition since it's been sitting in the dust even thou it's still on the AV stand!
     
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    I'm not really sure of what differences the different price ranges offer (obviously quality, but I'm looking for more detailed specs). Basically, I don't want to spend $50 for something that I could have gotten for $30 if I knew more.
     
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    Yah, that's where I've been looking, but I'm still not sure what price range I should be looking at. I'm sure there's no limit, but am I wasting my money on a $40 cartridge?
     
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    No.
     
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    The way I see it, that the cartridge is by far the most important part, is $40 too little might be a more apprpriate question??? I have no direct, legitimate oppinion worth dung about P-mount cartz, but with standard-mount it very definitely would be worth spending more, IMO.
     
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    That was my question. [​IMG]

    I understand that with vinyl, and anything analog, you can really dump an infinite amount of money into components. The info I was looking for was more of a low price end, where I would still see a performance improvement.
     
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    Matt, for standad-mount, I'd say $100 - $200. I'm imagine'in a slightly lower scale for P-mount... Does Shure stlle make a P-mount? I've liked the brand for a long tme. I've had other brands but always went back. I'm stayin' with 'em too. I have a new V-15 MR cart and looked at a used Denon for it, which I may buy...? I saw a used Dual that's a possibility too... I'm sure I like Shure. Merry Christmas![​IMG]
     
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    You can look at the Shure website here. They also have DJ needles too! =)

    Good luck in your search.
     
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    I have to put my two cents in for Grado cartridges. Back in the days of discrete analog quadrifonic (CD-4) I used AudioTechnica. Since then it's been exclusively Grado, currently a Red. Highly recommended
     

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