To enjoy 78 rpm records (Victrola records) on a mechanical playback device
(like a Victrola) yes, you use a steel needle.
For audio reformatting (digitization of old formats with modern equipment)
there are special styli made.
You can purchase them here: http://www.esotericsound.com/CartStyli.htm
Consult the document by the Audio Engineering Society, AES-16id about
Be sure to check out the ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation for more
information about this and in general taking on a project like the one you
are embarking on. It's available for free as a PDF here:
On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 1:01 PM, Ted Kendall <
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> Good heavens, no!
> Agreed, 78s were originally played with steel needles, but the accepted
> approach for fifty years or more has been to use a modern pickup with the
> appropriate tip size to trace the groove. Playing with original kit merely
> destroys the artifact.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Amanda Morrow" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 5:42 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Turntable Conversion
> I am not sure. I know that for the Victrola records I would need a steel
> needle and I was unsure if anyone made a cartridge that would fit onto a
> regular turntable arm that would accommodate that type of needle. This is
> why I was under the impression that I needed to replace the arm as well as
> the needle.
> On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 11:23 AM, CJB <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Would it not be possible to install a replacement cartridge with a
>> 78rpm stylus and then make a digital recording - then use an app. like
>> Audacity or better to process the recordings?
>> Chris B.
>> On 19/01/2016, Amanda Morrow <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> > Hello Everyone,
>> > I am currently working on a digitization project that spans
>> > multiple audio and visual items. I have a Thorens TD 190-2 turntable and
>> > was wondering if there was a way to replace the arm and the needle in
>> > to digitize Victrola records? If not then does anyone know of any
>> > that can be used for the conversion of this type of item? I thank you in
>> > advance for any help you may be able to offer and hope you have a
>> > day.
>> > --
>> > Respectfully,
>> > Amanda Morrow
>> > Electronic Resource Cataloger & Music Digitization Specialist
>> > John C. Pace Library
>> > University of West Florida
>> > 850-474-2453
>> > “My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both
>> > people forward without wasting anything.”― Peter Golkin
> Amanda Morrow
> Electronic Resource Cataloger & Music Digitization Specialist
> John C. Pace Library
> University of West Florida
> “My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move
> people forward without wasting anything.”― Peter Golkin