When to Replace Carts?
Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:27 AM
i have a set of ortofon qberts and a set of shures here with me, the needles are goin on both, it has been about 3-4 years since i replaced the stylus on the shures and i've never replaced the qbert styli since i won them in a dmc in like 2007 or something...
so i'm gonna get some 447 needles as they're much cheaper, but I was just wondering, have you ever replaced your carts (447s particularly...)? aside from breaking completely or being robbed.
did you notice anything happenning to the sound or what?
i've had to replace the little wires before.
and back in ireland i had 2 set of shures so i used to rotate their usage quite often...
whats the life on the carts??
Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:30 AM
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:59 AM
i know licking them works, but it harms them over time constantly doin that... like your balls ya know?
Posted 26 June 2012 - 08:22 AM
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 08:43 AM
my one cart just started acting funny, like 3 years old tho and heavy use
Yeah I've had that, channel drop outs and such
Posted 26 June 2012 - 10:03 AM
Posted 26 June 2012 - 12:51 PM
get some isopropyl alchohol from the chemist for a couple of quid, dip an ear bud (q-tip) into it, and clean the contacts with that.
dont lick them!
as for stylus age, after a year or two theyre probably gonna need to be replaced.
ive managed to get more out of them but eventually you grind them down to a pretty wonky shape which doesnt sit in the groove evenly, causing damage to the records.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:09 PM
Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:48 PM
Posted 26 June 2012 - 02:42 PM
i didnt mean to come across like a douche but yeah those contacts is what im on about too. if you kiss em or lick em or generally put any form of organic mank on them it will have a corrosive effect. alchohol will clean through the existing gunk and help the contacts. putting saliva or oil off your lips might help in the short term but speeds up the corrosion long-term.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 02:48 PM
cartridges wear out with TIME, so even if you bought a brand new one and left it in a box unopened, it would eventually wear out anyway, but this takes many years.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 02:59 PM
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