Phonograph needle recommendations

Discussion in 'Music & Music Streaming Services' started by misterelie, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. misterelie

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    Don't see a thread for this here so I thought I'd ask:

    I have a rather extensive collection of LP's of classical and jazz (1940's - 1970's) and I would like to digitize them. I have a rather inexpensive turntable to do that with. a Numark PT-01 that I can hook into my Mac and do the appropriate editing and conversion. The problem is, the sound coming into the computer from the turntable is pretty bad, and I am at least 85% sure it is the needle; the original that came with the turntable. It might be good for DJing, but it is horrible for playing classical or jazz records.

    Can anyone recommend a quality needle/cartridge for this purpose? I don't know where to get one and I've never changed one before (too young to do it as a kid), so something easy to change and easy to procure would be fantastic.

    Thanks. Most of this music comes from a couple of universities as they were throwing away (literally -- into the dumpster) their records. A large portion of these have never seen the light in any other format except their original release, so saving this music is very important to me.
     
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  3. misterelie

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    No idea. I checked out the wikipedia article link you gave me (thank for that, BTW), but I've no idea how to identify the two when looking at the player.
     
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    Dare I suggest investing in a better turntable AND cartridge?
     
  5. misterelie

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    Is a better turntable really necessary? Or can I up the quality simply by getting a better needle/cartridge?
     

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