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RE: 78 rpm stylus for 33 rpm records? Can it hurt?

This might be difficult to get an answer on that is based upon experience as it just isn't the kind of thing that vinyl enthusiasts do. In fact I just do not understand why you would wish to try this. My own approach would be : If I have a cartridge with a stylus for playing 78s and want to try it then I would get hold of a 78 record with a turntable that plays at 78rpm. If I just wanted to see what happened playing 33 or 45 rpm discs out of some strange curiosity then I would use a disposable microgroove record so the potential for damage is irrelevant.

As John Elison points out the high frequencies may not be tracked due to the position that the stylus must take up when given a microgroove disc to play. As he also says staying in the groove per se may be a problem for the same reason.

Your question concerns causing damage. If the stylus is not properly seated in the groove then it will not track correctly. If it is therefore not maintaining proper contact with the groove then groove damage is very possible. If higher tracking forces are tried to overcome this then that may exacerbate the damage. NB: not all 78rpm cartridges these days require the kind of VTFs of the heyday of 78s but I know nothing about the Pickering that you have.

Could you post a link to the YouTube clip so we can get an idea of how it sounds great?


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  • RE: 78 rpm stylus for 33 rpm records? Can it hurt? - PAR 04:36:09 03/14/17 (0)

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