[78-L] Needle size cart?

Mark Bardenwerper citrogsa at charter.net
Sat Apr 16 20:37:01 PDT 2011

On 4/16/2011 10:19, David Lennick wrote:
> On 4/16/2011 11:09 PM, Mark Bardenwerper wrote:
>> On 4/16/2011 9:25, Jeff Lichtman wrote:
>>>> Why so small, when typically, or I have been told, Pathes have a wide
>>>> shallow groove?
>>>> joe salerno
>>> Yes, Pathe grooves are wide and shallow. The problem with playing a
>>> vertical Pathe with a modern stylus is keeping it from climbing out
>>> of the groove. A small stylus rides lower in the groove so skating
>>> forces are less likely to make it climb out. Also, the smaller
>>> contact area may result in a lower skating force.
>> Seems as if the needle literally wants to leap right out. I read the
>> raising the tracking force to max helps. I'll wager a stereo crystal
>> would be favorable in this situation because of the higher tracking
>> forces possible.
> Actually the 2.0 mil TE I recommended works just fine without additional
> tracking force (in other words, I leave the dime off the headshell).
I think my standard tip is 3 mil elliptical. I just can't afford to put 
$125-150 into a needle that plays a handful of my records.

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