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Amanda,
You most certainly don't need a steel needle to play your discs. You just 
need a stylus that is wide enough to ride the grooves properly without 
bottoming out. My recommendation is to get a cartridge that allows you to 
swap out styli of different sizes.
A quick reference on playing 78s can be found here:
http://www.78rpm.com/rescat/tech_info.htm
and cartridges and styli can be ordered here:
http://www.esotericsound.com/CartStyli.htm

-Matt Sohn


>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 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
> order
> > to digitize Victrola records? If not then does anyone know of any
> equipment
> > 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
> wonderful
> > 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
> move
> > people forward without wasting anything.”― Peter Golkin
> >
>



-- 
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 move
people forward without wasting anything.”― Peter Golkin