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Old 3rd May 2004, 05:28 AM   #1
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Default Who has experience diy a cartridge?

Who has experience diy a cartridge?

Is it difficult to diy?

Do I need microscrope if I diy a a cartridge?

I saw some people in japan handmade a cartridge
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Old 8th August 2015, 08:25 PM   #2
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I was thinking of trying to put some padding in my cartridge to make up for the failing pads.... I am trying to find a new cartridge for my player but I cant find one......

Anyone ever try to just put padding underneath to @ least get a MONO output? (I would think as long as the pads are nicely touching the shaft it will work quite well)


I have a 1968 Micromatic player (Magnavox) and my cartridge # is 560315

I have looked but havent found it,someone else possibly be able to find that one for me??
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Old 9th August 2015, 11:02 AM   #3
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I'm busy with a diy cartridge right now. I'm using the cantilever from an old stereo cartridge which has an unusual configuration of its coil former attached at the rear of the cantilever.

It will be mono as I need another mono cartridge.

Most parts have been made and its time to wind coils today. There are also some small screws absent which I will fit later today. The cylindrical neodymium magnet has been drilled and press-fitted into the pivoted section of wood. Inside the magnet you can see the brass tube which will contain the coils and damper. All pics show the boron cantilever with its coil spools at its rear. The cartridge top mounting plate has threaded brass inserts made on my lathe to take standard M2.5 stainless steel cap screws spaced the standard 1/2" (12.7mm) apart

Some pics to follow.

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Old 10th August 2015, 05:36 AM   #4
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Very nice..... Good luck with that! (I think maybe DIY stuff can sometimes BE BETTER!!)
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Old 10th August 2015, 06:08 AM   #5
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Wow, interested in your journey on this one!
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Old 10th August 2015, 02:55 PM   #6
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I'm very interested to hear what it will sound like. Some tapped threads were done and screws inserted. Hopefully I should be able to wind its coils today.

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Old 10th August 2015, 07:18 PM   #7
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Thats just freaking crazy stuff... I wanna try it!!
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Old 11th August 2015, 01:42 PM   #8
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Thats just freaking crazy stuff... I wanna try it!!
You're welcome

About to wind coils today and it should be playing at the end of the day.

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Old 11th August 2015, 01:47 PM   #9
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How are you doing the damping?
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Old 11th August 2015, 11:36 PM   #10
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How are you doing the damping?
A similar damping scheme to the previous incarnation of the cartridge. A short section of butyl rubber tube over the coils.

See the pic.

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