"I'm a real fan of one of your professors: Dr. Heather Cox Richardson.
I've been reading her (almost) daily letters for about a year."
Richard, me too.
On 11/2/2020 2:54 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
> Hi, Marci,
> Paul forwarded this to the ARSC List and while my specialty is tape, I
> thought this should be an easy one to answer.
> 1. Other than having a few spares on hand, buying the
> cartridge/head-shell combination is not necessary. Both the stylus and
> the cartridge can be replaced individually.
> 2. Replacing the cartridge in the head-shell does require a bit of
> expertise in alignment, but there are helps on the web to figure it out.
> 3. The green stylus assembly should just pull right out and push back
> in and anyone should be able to do that.
> 4. Amazon has the entire assembly for $79 US should you wish to buy
> some spares, especially since the Audio Technical website says they
> are discontinued.
> 5. Amazon is also listing the cartridge alone (which Audio Technica
> also says is discontinued on their website. Amozon is selling the
> cartridge for $49 US. Again, buying a few would be useful.
> 6. The replacement stylus is available as a one-pack or a two-pack for
> $35 and $70, respectively. While it doesn't make sense to buy one or
> the other based on price, if one goes out of stock, the other might
> still be available. These slop right in. Try it on one of your older
> cartridges and see what happens. They chould pull out at the angle of
> the tube that holds the actual stylus, so forward and down. Notce the
> grips on the side.
> Single: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001IEPNN6
> Dual: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LBF9XZG
> I hope that was a help.
> PS I'm a real fan of one of your professors: Dr. Heather Cox
> Richardson. I've been reading her (almost) daily letters for about a
> On 2020-11-02 5:07 p.m., Paul Jackson wrote:
>> I would send your request to ARSC (I'm forwarding it). (I used to
>> know all about this, but time and other work with turntables has not
>> been going on for 20 years.)
>> *Trescott Research - Paul T. Jackson *
>> 2503 Natalie Lane, Steilacoom, WA 98388
>> http://www.trescottresearch.com <http://www.trescottresearch.com/>
>> On 11/2/2020 7:36 AM, Cohen, Marci wrote:
>>> I realize access issues are weird under COVID, but I'm trying to
>>> identify good replacement parts for our public turntables, on the
>>> assumption that we will one day have the public using them again.
>>> I'm looking for a balance of price, audio quality, ease of
>>> maintenance, and durability.
>>> The last time we stocked up, I consulted with a local audio store,
>>> and they recommended an Audio Technica headshell/cartridge/stylus
>>> unit for our Technics SL-1200MK2 turntables ("standard" tonearms).
>>> Under actual use, we had several problems:
>>> * Audio Technica has discontinued the model (AT95E/HSB)
>>> * Staff at the local store were knowledgeable but exceedingly slow
>>> in responding to my inquiries, and their prices were higher than
>>> our default university supplier. I'm happy to pay for
>>> knowledgeable service but disinclined to reward unresponsive
>>> * The stylii got damaged easily not from lots of playing time but
>>> from rough use by patrons. (Yes, we have signage, but...)
>>> * Although it's easy to swap out the complete headshell, it's
>>> expensive to replace the whole unit when just the stylus gets
>>> damaged. I think that changing a cartridge would be easier, but
>>> adjusting the alignment looks daunting to this novice. Are there
>>> cartridges that don't require alignment adjustment, or is it not
>>> as difficult as it looks?
>>> Again, this is for public listening, not preservation digitization
>>> where the utmost audio quality is paramount.
>>> Marci Cohen, MLS, MA
>>> Assistant Head, Music Library, Mugar Memorial Library
>>> Boston University Libraries
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>>> pronouns: she/her
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