Introduction

High quality turntables are only as good as the stylus and cartridge actually playing the records. Learn how to replace these components as they wear out over time.

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  • Identify headshell by opening the turntable dustcover.

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  • Remove stylus from cartridge.

  • Do not pull aggressively as to break the plastic.

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  • Turn tonearm nut toward you to release headshell from the tonearm.

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  • Remove screws with phillips screwdriver #0 to release the cartridge.

  • Use standard turntable head screws found at a local audio shop if missing

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  • Unplug wires from pins.

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  • Replace with new cartridge

    • Plug pins in reverse from removal

    • Pay attention to matching the colors from wire to pin

    • Screw cartridge in in the same way it was removed.

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  • Insert new stylus into cartridge before mounting headshell

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  • Screw assembled headshell onto tonearm.

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  • Test new needle and allow for a break-in period.

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