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Replacing cartridge for LP12
2018-05-12, 20:14
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Replacing cartridge for LP12
Hi there,

I inherited an LP12 from my uncle about a year ago - it's quite an old thing and the stylus in the Ortofon cartridge has completely worn out, so I'm looking at replacing it.

Took to the internet to look at new moving coil cartridges and I'm getting prices from £100-1000+, and as a student most of it is just completely out of my price bracket for the foreseeable future.

I'm wondering what you'd suggest here for a decent, good-value option, so I can get playing records again. Feel very lucky to have such a premium turntable, but seems that when things go wrong I just can't afford the mainstream replacement options!

Many thanks,
Dan
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2018-05-12, 20:39 (This post was last modified: 2018-05-12 20:39 by vicdiaz.)
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RE: Replacing cartridge for LP12
Hi,

Why not try an Audio Technica AT-95E? Cheap as chips and great value. Ensure that someone experienced with LP12 setup checks the turntable and replace the cartridge.

Vic
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2018-05-13, 00:19 (This post was last modified: 2018-05-13 00:20 by Glyn Ruck.)
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RE: Replacing cartridge for LP12
+1^ Best value on the market. Will sound better than it has any right to & won't damage your vinyl.

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2018-05-13, 00:30
Post: #4
RE: Replacing cartridge for LP12
I would suggest the Ortofon Red 2M or Blue 2M. A Red can be upgraded to a Blue with a stylus change.

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John Hirsch
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2018-05-13, 02:47
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RE: Replacing cartridge for LP12
Also good for a little more money!
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2018-05-13, 09:15
Post: #6
RE: Replacing cartridge for LP12
Thanks for the suggestions, my wallet will thank me on the AT-95E and seems to get decent endorsements. Was under the impression I'd have to replace my moving coil cartridge like-for-like so that's good news.
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2018-05-13, 10:56
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RE: Replacing cartridge for LP12
(2018-05-13 09:15)danieljnolan Wrote:  Thanks for the suggestions, my wallet will thank me on the AT-95E and seems to get decent endorsements. Was under the impression I'd have to replace my moving coil cartridge like-for-like so that's good news.

The At95E is a moving magnet design so may not be compatible with your phono stage. What phono stage/preamp are you using?


Regards,

Neil

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2018-05-13, 11:04
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RE: Replacing cartridge for LP12
My phono stage has a switch between MC/MM so hopefully all good there; it's a Pro-Ject Phono Box
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2018-05-13, 11:13
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95E will be fine with your phono stage. Remember to switch to MM or you could be in for some very loud noises.
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2018-05-13, 11:30
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Haha yes. Thanks for the tips all, 95E on its way!
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