A friend has recently inherited an Edison Amberola Model 50 cylinder
player, along with a cabinet full of cylinders.
The machine works, but I wonder if it might sound better if she
replaces the needle, which has probably been there since the machine
was new. A quick visual examination lead me to think that it's
seriously worn down.
Is there a source for replacement needles? Or would a new steel
gramophone needle be the right choice? Is replacing the needle
practical for a non-expert? Or should we just leave the thing alone?
Any other recommended maintenance?
Obviously, this is purely for entertainment, and not for archival
transfer to digital (if we find anything that's not in the UCSB
catalog, we'll send the cylinder to them for transfer).
Thanks for any help.