Status: Jan 2021 - 100% OPEN.
This cartridge is best suited for someone wanting to copy 78 RPM records to a digital format using a modern 2 speed turntable with a Pmount (T4P) tonearm. This is done by playing the 78 RPM record at 45RPM while recording it into your computer. Most LP recording software can then speed up the sound to 78 RPM so that the resulting music can then be played back normally. A.T. never made a 78 RPM needle for T4P linear tracking turntables because all known linear tracking tables were 33/45 only and software did not exist during their height of popularity to convert 45 RPM to 78 RPM.
This product is a 'hybrid' solution built on an AT3482p style cartridge with our 213-D3 78 RPM needle made Japan.
------------------------------------------------------------------Because this cartridge plugs directly into a rectangular socket at the end of the tonearm, it is known as a "T4P" Pmount cartridge. Other mounting characteristics are that it has no exposed wires in the back and is almost always found on a linear tracking turntable.
Notes: If your turntable is linear tracking it means the whole tonearm slides several inches from side to side as opposed to the standard type usually designated 'straight' or 'S shaped' which pivots on a stationary 'hub' assembly at the right rear corner of the turntable. A linear tracking turntable will generally have buttons you must operate to move the tonearm and will almost always be found with a Pmount cartridge. (Go back up one category and click on 1/2" mount if your turntable does not fit the linear tracking description above.)
Myth: Often people think they must have a brand of cartridge that matches their turntable brand. This is totally unnecessary and often impossible to achieve these days. In fact, the vast majority of turntable manufacturers, had a third party cartridge manufacturer make the cartridge on their behalf. Also cartridge wiring connections usually go straight to your amplifier, receiver or computer thus allowing the turntable to make no direct electrical changes to the cartridge output signal.
Specifications: AT78RPM (T4P) Pmount Cartridge