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 Post subject: RCA Victrola 55U Record Player Needle
PostPosted: Aug Sun 13, 2017 5:34 am 
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Hello!

I recently purchased an RCA Victrola 55U record player and am trying to figure what needle to order for it. I believe this model is from the 30s or 40s and I've attached a picture for reference. As far as I can tell, I should be able to order standard phonograph needles that play 78 RPM records.

Any guidance you all can provide would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

Tom


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victrola 55U Record Player Needle
PostPosted: Aug Sun 13, 2017 2:39 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victrola 55U Record Player Needle
PostPosted: Aug Sun 13, 2017 11:44 pm 
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if its a crystal cartridge, theres a 99% chance its bad from age. Some types can be rebuilt.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victrola 55U Record Player Needle
PostPosted: Aug Mon 14, 2017 2:31 am 
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You need more than a new needle... you need a replacement ceramic cartridge. In addition, you will also have to find a way to install a counterbalance spring on the mounting end of the tonearm so the tonearm weight can be reduced to under 10 grams. I suspect this arm weighs 40-50 grams right now. Any modern ceramic cartridge would be ruined immediately if the weight can't be reduced.


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