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Use a cactus needle instead.
Joking. Listen to what others have said and don't even think of a steel
needle.

On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 10:23 AM, Rebecca Feynberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi Amanda,
>
> 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
> stylus selection:
> http://www.aes.org/publications/standards/search.cfm?docID=82
>
> 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:
> http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub164
>
> Regards,
> Rebecca Feynberg
>
> On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 1:01 PM, Ted Kendall <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > 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?
> >>
> >> http://www.victor-victrola.com/Records.htm
> >>
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >
>