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Old 19th November 2010, 06:12 PM   #1
Rosinante is offline Rosinante
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Sorry for the idiotic questions, but it might take me a long time to find a thread where you guys DEFINE some of these terms. I have a turntable I bought new in the early 1980's with an Audio Technica cartridge. Nothing real special. Typical cartridge for the time. What is it? Is it "MC" or "MM"? Apparently, preamps are often specific to the cartridge type. I am looking at a Bellari.
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Old 19th November 2010, 06:24 PM   #2
toufu is offline toufu  United States
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99% sure it's MM.
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Old 19th November 2010, 06:52 PM   #3
bulgin is offline bulgin  South Africa
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I agree with toufu. An MM (Moving magnet) cartrige has a replaceable stylus. An MC (moving coil) cartridge has a non-replaceable stylus. Give us a reference number - often found on top of the cartridge - for a definite say-so. If your AT cartridge is a moving magnet type, you will notice two tiny magnets arranged in a "V" just inside the stylus finger grip. AT does make moving coil cartridges, notably an OC9.

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Old 19th November 2010, 08:07 PM   #4
sreten is offline sreten  United Kingdom
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Probably all you need (and do for a typical used turntable) is :
Needle Doctor Phono Preamps, Phono Preamplifiers, and Stereo Phono Preamps 1-800-229-0644 AT-PEQ3 Phono Preamp

rgds, sreten.
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