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by Cartridge Number


Searching Needles by Cartridge Number
In Brief:
If you are fairly certain you have a part number for the currently installed cartridge, 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 cartridge (or needle) 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 magnetic cartridges in turntables generally from about the mid-1970's to present = 30% failure rate. 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 off the cartridge that is currently installed is very dangerous for the following reasons:

A) Sometimes a manufacturer changed the cartridge/needle combo 'mid production' without changing the 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 trust any number that is not found on the cartridge or plastic stylus "grip".

 So, if you have found a number directly on the cartridge itself then click:


Find My Needle by the Cartridge Number


Psst: Can't find number on your cartridge? See special tip below!
 
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SPECIAL TIPS:
The extremely popular Audio Technica cartridges which can be found in almost any brand of turntable have their cartridge part number on the top of the cartridge. This means that in a half-inch standard mount cartridge the part number is hidden underneath the headshell bracket! You will have to mark the locations of the two screws and loosen the cartridge so you can view the hidden number on top.

In general, cartridge part numbers can be found on the top, sides or bottom of the body; or nowhere at all !  Number are often very small and likely will require a flashlight and/or magnify glass.
 
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