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I have a vintage german console stereo. The turntable that is in it is a Dual 1008 record changer. These were only made for console units. The Stereo is a tube type from the early 60's and functions well. I am having the turntable refurbished but the connection that is the sound output is one with three pins and is a ceramic type connector. Does anyone know the best way to connect this?? Can I get a connector cord with a ceramic connection anywhere or is there a viable replacement that will work well with the stereo??? Any help or sources for parts would be appreciated. Thanks

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  • brentchoat52 Aug 27, 2010

    I am the one with the issue of the Dual turntable. I actually have 2 of the ceramic type cartridges and two new needles. Before the turntable needed to be refurbished the sound quality was great from the cartridge. It is not the issue. I have a cable to connect the turntable to the tube stereo, the only thing is I wanted to replace it if they make any sort of cable that replaces the ceramic end but retains the 3 pin design. I have tried connecting with rca's before but the 3 pin has 2 ground connections and sound connection. I don't want to break open my vintage stereo as it has sentimental value in it's current configuration as well. My father brought this back from Germany when he served in the US Army The current cable I have has been cut short and I don't know if you can lengthen them or find a replacement type.
    Thanks alot.

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The problem in cases like these is not the connector (you can connect direct the cables), it's the type of the pick-up cartridge. Those days the cartridges were crystal/ceramic type. This means that I think you will not be able to find a replacement for this cartridge. Since the whole console (including the turntable) is in good condition I suggest you to replace this cartridge with a moving magnet (the last type that used the turntables, just before the moving coil ones) but you will also need a phone preamplifier in order to feed the signal to any line in input of the system. If you like rebuilding the oldies it's a good idea.

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