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The standard cartridge for restoration work of 78's is a Stanton 500.
There are also a great many special styluses available for that cartridge,
including ones with truncated tips, which you definitely want.  They work
much better in getting the best that you can get out of the grooves.

Using any kind of old 78 needle is going to ruin the record immediately.
You only do that to demonstrate the old record players, understanding that
the record is going to be useless for any other purpose thereafter.

Best,
John Haley

On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 2:15 PM, Amanda Morrow <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thank you all so much for all of the information. It really does help me in
> moving forward.
>
> On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 12:35 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
> >
>
>
>
> --
> 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
>