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Hi Amanda.

In order to achieve good playback from 78RPM records you need to try
different sizes of styli until you find the one that rides your groove in
the quietest area. Some records were played a lot and have portions of the
groove wall eroded and other parts still mint. Experimenting with different
sizes will give you the option to find the best area in the groove to play
from. How many records do you need to digitize? Have you checked to see if
these have been digitized already? You might find that they have been
already reissued.

Cheers
Shai Drori
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On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 8:35 PM, Matt Sohn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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
>