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Old 8th April 2011, 01:17 PM   #1
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Default Old record player cartridges

Im trying to find out what kind of outputs were coming from The old 50's and 60's philco and silvertone type wooden mono table top record players. The type of needle that is 33 on one side then you flip over to 78. Were those cart ridges putting out stronger signals than modern turntables.. I'm trying to convert one of those old boxes by placing a new set amp in there with modern speakers... Will that be compatible with the old turntable or will I have to replace that also?
Any ideas would be welcome
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Old 8th April 2011, 01:49 PM   #2
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Default Phono Catridges

Modern cartridges are magnetic, and produce a few millivolts. The ones used
in your era are ceramic or crystal based. The produce serveral hundred
millivolts. They do not need a preamp stage like the magnetic ones. Many
can be plugged into and amplifiers Aux input, if you dont Need an RIAA EQ curve.

The other thing to consider is tracking weight of the needle on the record.
Tracking on a turntable of your era was very heavy. This was required
by the type of cartridge. It can significantly reduce the number of plays
on a record.

Also, many of these player are Rim drive. Rubber Idler wheel needs replacing.
Good luck with your project

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