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33 and 78 rpm: Possibly same needle ?

Discussion in 'Beginner Electronics' started by En Hr. Hvemsomhelst, Nov 7, 2008.

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  1. I bought one of those USB-record players, that can easily transfer old
    to computer files.

    Here is my model: (Text in Danish, but click on the photo to see the device

    The idea was to transfer a few old 78 rpm records as a X-mas family
    surprise. No need for excellent quality, - rather "just for the record...".

    The record player certainly has the option of turning 78 rpm, and the manual
    says nothing about the need of a different needle for 78-records.

    I wrote to the importer and asked. He replied that nowadays it s possible to
    make a needle that can play both, and that the needle provided with this (80
    $) player was of that type, so I could safely play both types of records on
    this player.

    I find this hard to believe. How about you in the group ?

    It doesn't take much googling to find evidence that the importer of the
    player seems to be misinformed regarding the possible dual-performance.
    This one for example :

    But if indeed recently a new type of needle has been invented, then of
    course I will just jump with joy....

    Have a nice day.

  2. Guest

    78 rpm phonograph records are mechanicaly equivalent to cast-iron pot-
    bellied stoves. I'd be much more worried about the records destroying
    your "modern" needle than vice-versa. Just for reference: My
    parent's (pre-1940) phonograph (78 rpm only) used real, actual,
    genuine, cactus spines for needles. My recommendation: Play the 78s;
    record what you get. You won't get anything better with any rational
  3. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    Next time, right-click the image and select *View Image*
    or *Copy Link Location* or something like that
    and include **that** URL in your post.
    There are groups far more focused on this topic:
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