Turntable Headshell for Most Straight Tonearms
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Past shipments required an in house "fix" to complete the manufacturing process so it will fit your tonearm. As of Oct 2018, we have a perfected plug for all Japanese straight tonearms circa 1980s and added alignment markings along the slots so you can accurately track of your cartridge alignment as needed.
This straight arm headshell weighs in at 3.2 grams (with wires as pictured) and will fit most turntables with a 'Straight' shaped tonearm usually found in Japanese Imports like 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 database. While we also offer the ADC style shell below, we have seen that this shell is a little more well 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. Based on modern reports, either shell aligns well in most tables with most cartridges. 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.
Previous customers have reported that this version (vs the ADC type below) was a better alignment match on these tables:
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.