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New needle and/or cartridge for Technics SL-BD22D
post Jan 25 2011, 21:10
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We have a Technics SL-BD22D turntable, originally manufactured in 1998 and still with its original Technics P34 needle and cartridge (T4P standard).
I'd like to replace the needle and/or cartridge. The deck is factory adjusted for tracking force and anti-skating of 1.25

Which new needle and/or cartridge would be most suitable?


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post Mar 21 2012, 17:18
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I used to own that particular turntable, and I had quite a bit of luck with the Grado Prestige Black. However, you should probably be aware that it's not exactly cheap ($65 was what I paid for one recently), and your volume might be a little lower than with other cartridges. But I would swear by this cartridge any day.

It's also on the heavy side. I believe Grado recommends 1.5g tracking force strictly, with no variation.

And again, perhaps this is a little too much for your needs, but you might still want to consider it.
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