[78-L] Needle size cart?

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Sat Apr 16 09:30:23 PDT 2011

If you have a truncated elliptical 2.0 or 2.1 size, I find that it plays Pathes 
just fine unless the disc is worn or damaged by steel needles.


On 4/16/2011 12:15 PM, Mark Bardenwerper wrote:
> Hello,
> My record collection is constantly expanding. I just came upon a very
> good deal last weekend at a local estate sale. I have been playing the
> stack today on my old Garard changer, equipped with Stanton 500 and a 78
> rpm needle. I am very pleased with the general condition of most of
> them. They vary in age and style a lot which makes for an interesting mix.
> I have discovered though that this leads to problems due to groove
> specs. the majority of the records play with good sound and sure
> tracking. However, the Pathes are not playable because the needle simply
> skids across the top of the grooves. And I have a vary crisp copy of an
> Eddie Cantor record on Emerson that has a terrific amount of hiss, but
> low sound level.
> I know that the 78 needle is only a crude match for some of these
> records, so that it undoubtedly the source of my problem. Has anyone
> made a list of records along with their correct playing speeds and
> needle sizes?
> What would be suitable matches to play the Pathes and the Emerson?
> Thanks!

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