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

The spherical tip of the stylus is the only part that rides in the V-shaped groove. For a given frequency, the curvature of the groove-wall is smaller for a 33-rpm record than for a 78-rpm record. Therefore, a larger spherical tip can be used with a 78-rpm record. If you try to use a 78-rpm spherical stylus on a 33-rpm record, it will not be able to track the higher frequencies.

However, there is no sense in explaining this to you anymore. What you need to do is try it and you will understand immediately.

Best regards,
John Elison

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