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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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  1. Identify headshell by opening the turntable dustcover.
    • Identify headshell by opening the turntable dustcover.

  2. Remove stylus from cartridge.
    • Remove stylus from cartridge.

    • Do not pull aggressively as to break the plastic.

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

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

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

  5. Unplug wires from pins.
    • Unplug wires from pins.

  6. Replace with new cartridge
    • 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.

  7. Insert new stylus into cartridge before mounting headshell
    • Insert new stylus into cartridge before mounting headshell

  8. Screw assembled headshell onto tonearm.
    • Screw assembled headshell onto tonearm.

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

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