cactus needles are not just pointed, but also barbed along their length... This,
combined with [I suspect] a much higher silica content than normal woody
thorns makes me think they probably aren't the best choice of needle.. just a
Aren't Yucca tips partly flat? I think my choice for a strong, rounded thorn
would be greenbrier. Again- no experience- though I think I played an LP with a
small cactus needle stuck in a styrofoam cup when I was little (blame Mr.
---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 14:42:42 -0800
>From: Roger and Allison Kulp <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] speaking of ye olde 78 needles ...
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Why not try a real cactus thorn ?One of those big ones,about 2" long.
>"Steven C. Barr(x)" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: ----- Original
>From: "Tom Fine"
>> Does anyone sell cactus needles anymore? Can those types be used in an
>original Victrola machine
>> (pre-RCA)? No, I don't play good condition 78's on this thing, I have a whole
>box of Salvation Army
>> 5 cent disks to play on it, but I'm wondering if a cactus needle is slightly
>gentler? Does it sound
>> any better?
>I'm not sure if anyone is actually MANUFACTURING "thorn" (aka "cactus"
>78 needles...but there may be some NOS originals, as well as the
>sharpeners used to maintain them...?!
>It seems to me that this type of needle would be easier on the records,
>though I can't make any experience-based comments here. A couple of
>things worth noting...
>1) Playing electric records on an acoustic machine will always produce
>a worse sound...
>2) If the records are REALLY "well-worn" they could cause wear and
>tear on the thorn needles (my guess...!)...
>Steven C. Barr
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