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Searching Needles by Stylus/Needle Number
In Brief:
If you are fairly certain you have a part number for the currently installed needle, then proceed to our search window below. Contrary to popular thinking that all one needs is the player make & model to find a needle, a needle (or cartridge) number is actually the best way to find the right needle the 1st time with 99% accuracy.

In Detail:
Flat/Crank/flipover needles
for older ceramic cartridges in record players & phonographs. Proceed to search window or, if you only have a brand name, scroll down to your brand to try your luck at a visual match. (You have a crank/flip stylus if there is a flipover handle sticking out the side of your ceramic pickup cartridge.)

"Push-in" needles for magnetic cartridges in turntables generally from about the mid-1970's to present, should carry a warning: "Danger! Will Robinson, you are in grave danger of having to repeat your search and order mission." Here's why.

Modified from our STYLUS SEEKERS article.
....cross referencing your needle by numbers found anywhere other than directly from the cartridge or the colored plastic stylus grip that is currently installed can present a high risk of requiring an exchange after purchase for a corrected replacement based on more careful info. for the following reasons:

A) Sometimes a manufacturer changed the cartridge/needle combo 'mid production' without changing the turntable model number or literature or drawing.
B) Sometimes a turntable was sold without any cartridge, thus forcing/allowing the customer to choose almost any cartridge available at time of purchase.
C) Most commonly, someone changes the cartridge/needle combo after the turntable was originally purchased in an effort to upgrade the sound, and so again it could have almost anything installed.
Any of the above conditions will destroy the much hoped for cross reference based on the model number, the needle number in the owner's manual or even a number stamped on the turntable itself. In short, don't fully trust any number that is not found on the cartridge or plastic stylus "grip".
So, if you find a number directly on the existing needle, then click:


Find My Needle by the Current Needle Number

You must be extra careful if you use a stylus number from the turntable literature or a number printed  right on the player itself, if you do, you MUST backup that match by visually matching our picture to your old needle, else you face about a 30% chance that someone has changed the cartridge from what was originally installed.  This would render any such needle number from the manual or player obsolete at that point.
 
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