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Magnetic Cartridges

First off, TERMINOLOGY:

The magnetic cartridges you see below all come complete with needle. Often folks get confused as to which part is the cartridge vs. the needle. The cartridge is the boxlike receptacle at the end of the tonearm into which the needle assembly plugs or snaps. The needle/stylus assembly is generally the colored plastic seen in the thumbnails below.
 
Now, you may have run across a salesman who told you "oh!, you have to replace the whole cartridge....fwend" (as he blinks to hide the $ signs rolling in his eyes!) Well now enjoy what our technician will tell you if you call...
"The cartridge only needs to be replaced if:
A) It's missing.
B) It's clearly physically damaged.
C) You know you have a cheap cartridge & to need to upgrade, bad!
D) Researching your cartridge # yields an obsolete needle type.
E) You're exhausted, and you just wanna play some dang music now!

They almost never just go bad by themselves. Magnetic cartridges are essentially just magnets and wiring. So, generally only needles wear out, due to contact with the record. Barring above circumstances, 90% of the time you will be money ahead by just replacing the needle/stylus assembly."
If it now sounds like you may just need a stylus (needle) we've made it easy in our needle section.


Secondly, a Nice Overview.
Audio Technica has a nice overview called a guide to cartridges. You'll have to select your country/language before their website will take you to the overview pdf (english).

If you were sent directly to this page as an answer to an email question, then it's here that you must start to determine what type of cartridge you will need. Remember it's often only necessary to replace the needle, the cartridge rarely fails. But if you want to do a major upgrade or downgrade from your current setup, or if your whole cartridge is missing, you'll need a cartridge. For most modern turntables, say from the 1970's to present either a P-mount or 1/2 Inch mount cartridge is used. The brand does not have to match your turntable, it only has to have the correct mounting system. Simply click on the picture below that more closely resembles what you see at the end of your tonearm.

Some may want to align a magnetic cartridge perfectly.  This can be done with a protractor but this is not for the faint of heart.  It requires a learning curve.  Here is the best page we have found, full of info and several free printable cartridge protractors.

 
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PLUG-n-SPIN Kits!
Got an empty socket at the end of your turntable'stonearm? Make a fresh start Here for an all~in~one solution.
Half Inch Standard Mount
Half Inch Standard Mount
A 1/2 inch mount cartridge is usually found in turntables that have a tonearm which pivots from a stationary base at the right rear corner of the unit. This cartridge type is held in place with 2 screws 1/2" apart on each side of the cartridge. You will see 4 little exposed wires at the back of the cartridge or hanging loose if the cartridge is missing. Note: If you see only a round socket 3/10ths of an inch in diameter with for little pins inside and a locking collar then you are also missing the headshell. It attaches to the tonearm and is basically a mounting bracket for the 1/2 inch type cartridge. A plug n spin kit will get you right up n going fast!
P-Mount, T4P
P-Mount, T4P
"P-mount" a.k.a. T4P is usually found in linear tracking turntables. Pmount literally means Plug mount because the cartridge plugs directly into the tonearm.
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