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Straight Tonearm Headshell for Many Japanese Turntables
Straight-Arm Turntable Headshell - Note our EXCLUSIVE 1mm hatch marks!

Straight Tonearm Headshell for Many Japanese Turntables

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Brand:BLISS™
Cartridge to 'Straight' Tonearm Bracket
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Carbon Fiber Turntable Headshell for Most Straight Tonearms

New 2021 Upgrades! | Perfect Fit | Perfect Mark | Exclusive Source



BLISS Exclusives NO ONE else has; only found here:

  • 1mm hatch markings allow you to keep an accurate record of cartridge alignments.
  • Genuine plug assembly made decades ago by Denon Japan.  Used by all Japanese manufacturers for consistent results.
  • FIVE year warranty against internal factory defect.  (excludes jumper wire abuse)




It has been a challenge for years by all online resellers of this shell in recent years to find a manufacturer that can both make and install the plug correctly.  Now as of late 2021 we have secured a large cache of original Denon-made plugs.  Our tech installs them perfectly flat so that your headshell azimuth keeps your stylus straight down into the groove every time.  Then new color coded wires are installed.   Another modern problem was that tiny bits of plastic were getting shaved off inside the aftermarket  sockets thus causing electrical contact and tight fit issues.   Having an electronics tech on staff sets us apart from most online retailers so you get top quality every time.   This straight arm headshell weighs in at 3.2 grams (with wires as pictured) and will fit most "Japanese" turntables with a 'Straight' shaped tonearm usually found in Japanese Imports like Denon, JVC, Sansui, Kenwood, etc. that pivot from the right rear corner of the deck. (not intended for linear tracking turntables.) It requires a socket that is 0.320 inches in diameter, has four pins in the socket, and a single top thumb screw on the tonearm that holds the headshell in place.


There are 100s of straight tonearm turntables are in our Find Needles, Belts, Cartridges, etc. for:  Turntables,  Record Players,  Phonographs,  8-Tracks,  Reel to Reel,  Cassette Decks and more... database. While we also offer the ADC style shell below, we have seen that this length of shell is more tolerated (alignment wise) for most of these Japanese-type turntables from the 80s and early 90s. Because these owner's manuals were vague about cartridge alignment,  there is no database to indicate which headshell is exactly correct in all cases especially with 100s of possible cartridge and turntable combinations.  See images above for dimensions and if you still have your old shell please report to us which sizes is closest for your model and choose that one.  And it very well may be that the shorter "ADC" shell below is as it sounds, just for certain ADC tables.


Previous customers have reported that this version (vs the ADC type below) was a better alignment match on these tables:
HITACHI HT-6M

JVC L-F41


Replaces:
REALISTIC 42-2699A Glass Fiber Head Shell


Please email us the model info of your table if you experienced better alignment results specifically with one or the other headshell and what cartridge you used.

5 Stars
Just What I needed!
Perfect replacement for the hard to find head shell on a Denon DP-45F. Super fast shipping and a great price to boot!!
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Reviewed by:  from Oregon. on 1/31/2013
5
5 Stars
Mr.
Used it for a Haman Kardon T-40. I did have some trouble inserting the shell all the way into the arm. It turned out the four connectors in the shell were a bit too tight for the pins in the arm to enter. I was able to open them up with a small tool, and it then seated properly. While not precisely all the same dimensions as the original shell for this turntable, I was able to easily alignment my cartridge. Works fine.
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Reviewed by:  from USA. on 9/4/2017
5
5 Stars
Replace shell for Denon DP47F
I have a Denon DP47F TT 25 years ago. I wanted to buy a new headshell but I didn't find it (I bought some from other sites but didn't fix with my TT). This headshell is fit like a glove and the material quality is almost the original. Also the shipping time was absolute acceptable. Thanks
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Reviewed by:  from Hungary. on 8/11/2014
5
5 Stars
Perfect for Denon DP-35F !
It fits very well and works like the original headshell with my Denon DP-35F turntable. These are no longer available here in Finland. The installation was a bit tight at first, but when it was wagged from side to side and up and down when pushed, it went to the bottom. Thank you, I needed this for my another cartridge. Shipping to Finland only took about a week, that is very fast. I will order from you again for sure if I need some replacement parts. Recommended. A+++++.
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Reviewed by:  from Tampere, Finland. on 8/30/2013
5
5 Stars
works like a charm
turntableneedles.com, you're a life safer. I have an old (15+ yrs) kenwood TT that needed a headshell, my 1st thought was buy a new TT. AFter checking Bestbuy, HH Gregg and others, I realized I didn't want to pay what they were asking for a cheap TT. Then I found Turntableneedles.com on the internet. You had just what I was looking for-- a straight arm headshell. It works perfectly, I'm totally satisfied! Thank you turntableneedles.com
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Reviewed by:  from washington dc. on 8/27/2011
5
5 Stars
Prompt, quality product
Good dependable service with valid product. Thanks
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Reviewed by:  from Halifax, Nova Scotia. on 2/18/2012
5
5 Stars
++++++++++
great product works great
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Reviewed by:  from usa. on 5/9/2011
5
5 Stars
Headshell Straight HS 2
Perfect , and also very quick. Always useful for "missing links" Greetings Tom
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Reviewed by:  from Austria. on 11/5/2013
5
5 Stars
Denon Headshell
Perfect fit. Just like original. Dead cheap price. No Brainer. If you need one but it. You won't find them anywhere else, especially at this price. charlie
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Reviewed by:  from So Cal . on 4/27/2013
5
4 Stars
Headshell for straight tonearm
I bought this to replace a headshell on my Denon TT. Cartrigde setup was easy. Had to expand the connectors in the shell. They were extremely tight and made it very difficult to just "slide in". No difficulty in solving the problem but did take a few minutes to ensure I didn't damage connectors for tonearm during the process. I am very pleased with the product.
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Reviewed by:  from Texas. on 10/9/2015
4
5 Stars
heahshell
perfect fit for my yamaha p-450 turntable worked like a charm thanks guys.
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Reviewed by:  from Yorba linda. on 6/15/2019
5
5 Stars
Headshell used for "New" AR Turntable
Bought for my "New" AR Turntable with original straight tonearm. High quality, fits tonearm. Be warned, the AR has side screw. Dummy me, didnt pay attention. But I just put a little ridge on the right side with epoxy and carefully flattened the left side where the screw goes to be perpendicular and it is perfect. I didn't want to return it. Note the wires that are attached are a little thicker and perhaps a little more mass than the OEM. if they have a headshell that has this configuration just buy that and save yourself the grief.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Florida. on 8/25/2020
5
5 Stars
Headshell to suppliment Linn Axis
I recently bought this headshell to see if I can use it on my Linn LVX Basik tonearm. Needless to say, I works perfectly to supplement my current stock headshell that came to with the tonearm. It is nearly impossible to find just the headshell for this vintage tonearm but i wanted on to use a mono cartridge to play Mono LP's made in the 50's and 60's. This headshell won't disappoint. In fact I may buy a few more just to keep as parts or to mount my older Ortofon Blue MM cartridge and Grado green for supplemental setups.
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Reviewed by:  from Los Angeles, USA. on 1/5/2022
5
5 Stars
Perfect Fit
I was having a difficult time finding a headshell for my Denon DP-52F TT. Luckily I found it here and got the item. Perfect fit just what I was looking for. This headshell has sufficient mounting adjustment to allow for accurate overhang adjustment as recommended in the Denon owners manual. I am very happy with this purchase and the customer service.
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Reviewed by:  from Alaska. on 12/4/2021
5
5 Stars
thanks!
Finally a headshell for a ADC LMF2 tonearm on my Technics SP-10MK2, very hard to find, it works very well, and at a great price!
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Reviewed by:  from Bordeaux France. on 12/1/2012
5
5 Stars
Great extra headshells for using different cartridges
I bought 2 of these, they fit my 4 x Denons Dp-47, Dp-51, Dp-37, and Dp-31f (hmmm sensing a pattern of behaviour here....) Great value items, and I like the alignment markings on them
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Reviewed by:  from Melbourne, Australia. on 12/24/2021
5
3 Stars
headshel review
ok headshell does work and the markings on top do help with the alignment, but really nothing special for the price.
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Reviewed by:  from washington. on 2/24/2022
3
5 Stars
Straight Tonearm Headshell
Great product! It was delivered promptly and was exactly as seen on the website. Thank you so much.
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Reviewed by:  from thunder bay. on 2/27/2022
5
5 Stars
Tonearm Headshell
Changed out standard cartridge on Denon DP 37-F turntable for a DL 103D. With its extra length compared to the standard headshell, it made aligning the cartridge possible. The fit was perfect. Would recommend.
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Reviewed by:  from New York. on 3/22/2022
5
5 Stars
Straight tonearm headshell
The headshell works perfect on my Denon DP 35F turntable.
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Reviewed by:  from Largo. on 3/26/2022
5
5 Stars
Perfect fit...
Wanted a second head-shell for my older cart, and this seems to fit perfect on my Harman Kardon T series. Slid right in with no issues...
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Reviewed by:  from Green Bay, WI. on 7/6/2021
5
5 Stars
Fit my Denon DP45 perfectly
I bought a couple other headshealls off ebay and they were quite difficult to install and couldn't quite get them seated. This fit perfectly and seats fully. I also ordered a new stylus for the older vinyl that I won't play with my MC cartridge Ill be ordering another headshell! Service was fast!
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Reviewed by:  from Colorado Springs. on 5/31/2020
5
5 Stars
Headshell for Japanese Turntables
Headshell is suited for my japanese turntable Victor QL-Y44F. Headshell is very light and of course worse than stock japanese JVC headshell. There is no shielding plate and additional contact in the connector for shield.
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Reviewed by:  from Kharkov, Ukraine. on 6/10/2020
5
5 Stars
Great for Kenwood Turntables
As good as the original headshell on my turntable and the wires connecting the headshell to the cartridge are thicker.
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Reviewed by:  from Centennial, Co. on 6/10/2017
5
5 Stars
Headshell for straight tonearm
This was one of the only places on entire web i could find these type of headshells and they obviously have an amazingly comprehensive stock of products probably not found anywhere else. Product sent was beautifully and carefully packaged too.
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Reviewed by:  from Belfast Northern Ireland. on 6/23/2015
5
3 Stars
Audio Whisperer
Purchased for a Denon DP-30L II. Identical to original except for the fitment of the socket to the Denon arm plug. It is a very tight fit that can be achieved with patience and a some wiggling.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Vancouver BC Canada. on 12/30/2017
3
4 Stars
Fine replacement headshell
Used this to refurbish a JVC deck found at Goodwill. Nice little unit. Very low mass, easy to install.
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Reviewed by:  from PNW. on 1/2/2019
4
5 Stars
Shellhead
Exact part I needed. Works great
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Reviewed by:  from Warren. on 1/3/2019
5
5 Stars
Perfect replacement!
Exactly what I needed for an old Nikko 800 turntable found without a headshell. I'll be buying another one for when I need to play 78s!
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Reviewed by:  from Washington. on 5/13/2019
5
4 Stars
Good substitute
Bought this headshell to try for my Denon Direct Drive TT. Since the geninue Denon headshell is difficult to acquire or say expensive to if available in ebay. It is 99% OK to substitute the original Denon headshell. Almost indentical to the Denon part. Recommended.
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Reviewed by:  from San Jose, CA. on 5/12/2011
4
5 Stars
Godolloi u. 145.
Bought this headshell to try for my Pioneer PL-225. Almost indentical to the Pioneer PL-225 part. Recommended.
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Reviewed by:  from Budapest HU. on 6/7/2011
5
5 Stars
Finally!
Very quick shipper! Has been hard to find a good replacement headshell for my Denon DP37-F, but this one fits the bill PERFECTLY, and at a great price!
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Reviewed by:  from quanah TX. on 3/4/2012
5

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