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What cartridge do I buy for this turntable

I bought the turntable and went to assemble it -=but it doesn't include a cartridge. What cartridge goes with this turntable and where can I buy it? thanks from paulao in nyc

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You should get a headshell first of all. Into the headshell you install the cartridge. I would get a Technics headshell just because it is of the same brand, and I use a SHURE M35X cartridge which is mean for dance or electro music. The headshell is your option but the cartridge should be matched up to what type of music you will be playing. Good Luck

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