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GRADO BLACK1 Needle 527-DE-black1
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GRADO BLACK1 Needle 527-DE-black1

Our Part#:527-DE-black1
Replacement Needle/Stylus Assembly
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OEM Genuine Grado BLACK1 Prestige Stylus.  Can be installed as the factory recommended replacement for the
and Prestige Black & BLACK1 cartridges or as an entry-level economy needle on all Grado Prestige series cartridges if desired.  GRADO Authorized USA reseller.

  • Elliptical bonded diamond tip needle for use at 16, 33 or 45 speeds.
  • NOT for 78 rpm speed.
  • 1.5 grams recommended tracking pressure.

DON'T remove the goo from inside the cartridge when you remove the needle. It's some sort of sound dampening stuff; installed by Grado on purpose! Also! this needle is very difficult to replace. Please practice with your old needle 1st a couple times to get the hang of it as it is very easy to slip and break off the cantilever when inserting the new needle. If by some miracle you still have the box from the cartridge there should be a special tool to grab the 'ears' that stick out the side of the cartridge to help pull the needle down and out.
Grado Replacement Stylus History
FTR GTR See our 526 type needle
FCR GCR See our 526 type needle
FTE GTE See our 526 type needle
FCE GCE See our 526 type needle
F3E+, CD-4 GF3E+ MF3E+ XF3E+ ZF3E+ BLUE (0.3 x 0.7 mil)
F2+ GF2+ MF2+ XF2+ ZF2+ RED
F1+ GF1+ MF1+ XF1+ ZF1+ SILVER
  G+ M+ X+ Z+ SILVER
  G1+ M1+ X1+ Z1+ GOLD
  G2+ M2+ X2+ Z2+ GOLD

All Grado cartridges now use a derivation of the moving iron principle which feature patented OPTIMIZED TRANSMISSION LINE cantilever technology, PIVOTED FIXED AXIAL STYLUS-GENERATOR MODULE, and Grado's FLUX-BRIDGER GENERATOR SYSTEM.

Grado's OTL provides an ideal transfer of the signal from point to point, e.g., stylus to cantilever to magnet to coils, etc. This has been achieved by eliminating resonance at each of these key junctions. The transmission line cantilever consists of separate sections that are telescoped into each other. All sections are made of different alloys, some sections hollow, other sections solid. These sections are bonded together with materials that act as dampers, and are coated with a black proprietary material which controls and absorbs resonances that travel on the surface of the cantilever (known as skin effects). The OTL stylus/cantilever design will make your records sound quieter, improve the height, width, and depth of the soundstage, and offer more detail than previously obtainable. Cartridge Holography does exist...and that is what Grados OTL technology is all about, more performance.

This design feature is basically quite simple. The "OTL" cantilever shaft is brought to a fixed axial pivot that supports the entire cantilever assembly. A miniature element attached to the end of the cantilever is allowed to move freely within the lines of flux of a stationary magnet and coil structure.

A. Styli
B. Cantilever
C. Miniature Generating Element
D. Armco Iron Disc
E. Rubber Gromet
F. Stylus Assembly Housing
G. Generator Pole Pieces
H. Fixed Axial Pivot

This system of support is mechanically more accurate (more linear) than conventional "teeter-totter" designs that utilize an iron armature to balance the mass of the cantilever. The teeter-totter design is supported in the center with a rubber donut mounting.

The fixed axial design has a very low tip mass, which results in lower distortion, improved transient response, and longer record life.

This proprietary design allows the implementation of the Flux-Bridger Generator System!

The Flux-Bridger design uses four separate magnetic gaps that the miniature element of the cantilever bridges. The miniature element moves between opposing flux gaps creating an increase in flux in one gap while reducing it in the other. The four separate magnetic gaps create a highly efficient and perfectly balanced system. This design requires fewer coil turns than conventional designs.

Fewer coil turns allow Grado cartridges to have lower mass and lower electrical inductance, making them insensitive to tone arm cable capacitance. The four gap design is perfectly balanced and eliminates magnetic residue which contributes to increasing distortion over longer time periods. Grado cartridges reduce distortions that cause listeners fatigue.

Each individual cartridge manufactured by Grado is hand assembled and tested for frequency response, channel output, channel balance, phase linearity, inductance and resistance. This meticulous care in design and construction lavished on each Grado cartridge contributes to an unchallenged consistency of performance and guarantee of reliability.
5 Stars
This product was just what I was looking for as a gift for my father. Kyle and the staff at Turntable Needles were amazing in helping me find this item - I had NO idea what I was looking for exactly in replacing a broken piece on an old turntable! It was perfect and works like a charm. They responded so quickly via email and answered my many questions. Thank you!
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Reviewed by:  from Rochester, NY. on 1/25/2015
5 Stars
No obvious weakness or tracking issues found when replacing a red or blue stylus with the black. At these prices, perhaps the best bang for your buck value on the planet!
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Reviewed by:  from USA. on 10/12/2012
5 Stars
The needle was received soon after order placed. It was installed immediately upon receipt and restored my old turntable to a good working unit. I have since been enjoying some of my old records, thanks to Turntable Needles for having the part available and their good service.
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Reviewed by:  from New York. on 1/27/2012
5 Stars
Vinyl Heaven
The product was well packaged and arrived in perfect condition. The website has exceptional technical information and installation advice. This stylus was perfect fit for my 1979 Dual turntable and performs brilliantly.
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Reviewed by:  from Bradenton, FL. on 5/8/2017
5 Stars
GRADO BLACK1 Needle 527-DE-black1
Very good sound. Recommented!
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Reviewed by:  from Kazakhstan. on 4/25/2016
5 Stars
Great Service
You guys are the best. Extremely fast shipping and exactly as described. You are still at the top of my supplier list!! Whatever my needs you guys always come through!!
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Reviewed by:  from Washington. on 11/28/2012
5 Stars
Thanks so much for the quick service and responses both email and via phone for helping me get the correct needle for my turntable. It works well and I am enjoying my records again. If I have any more problems with my system, I will check with you again to see what is needed to get it back in listening condition. Thanks again.
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Reviewed by:  from Corvallis, OR. on 5/26/2011
5 Stars
Fitted my 1984 Grado Gold cartridge perfectly, sounding great too! thanks
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Reviewed by:  from surry hills, australia. on 5/24/2011

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