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

Beyond the curiosity value, there is literally no point in using an oversized spherical tip to play back an LP as the fidelity will be very poor. However, the main concern is that the 78rpm stylus is specified for monophonic records and therefore might not have any (or very limited) vertical movement which will damage your stereo records. From a record wear perspective, the compliance of the suspension is very much lower to allow for a VTF range of 5±2g. Above 2g you will be erasing the high frequency information fairly quickly so, yes, it will cause damage and no, you shouldn't try it on any LP that you care about!
I wouldn't say that Youtube audio is any way to judge the quality of sound...
Regards Anthony

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