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Needle for Technics mk5

Hi! Just got 2 technics mk5. what needle would you reccomend?

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  • wiplash1192 Mar 02, 2009

    i'm gunna be mixing trance/house/progressive. what kind of needle would you suggest?

  • Steve W May 11, 2010

    it depends on what cartridges are installed, can you find any numbers on the cartridge or needle?

  • jon_castle May 11, 2010

    hi there,

    well it all depends on what you are doing...

    what i mean is what style are you going for? is it going to be straight mixes, or are you planniing to do some scratching?

    also what budget do you have?...

    i have some good ideas for all budgets, styles etc etc..

    let me know.

    thanks


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Ok, the needle is just a small portion of everything required to get up and running. Here is a diagram of what your going to need:

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The stylus, also known as the Needle, is what you are asking for. As you can see it's only 1 of 3 items you need:

1) Headshell
2) Cartridge
3) Stylus / Needle

If you already have 1 and 2, and you need to replace #3, then we would need to know what model #2 is?

You'll need what's called a STANDARD Mount cartridge, (aka Half-inch). In addition, that cartridge will need to be mounted to a Standard Mount Headshell.

Here is a collection of Standard Mount Cartridges that will fit this model.

Try to stay away from those all-in-one configurations that look like the Concorde airplane. Over time they will damage your tonearm due to a poor design flaw. Stick with a set up similar to the image posted. You can't go wrong, and you'll have more options.


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