I took a chance and bought a cheap Sylvania ceramic cartridge idler drive at a yard sale for $10 just for the purpose of playing old 78s to record to digital. THis was a home run. Th old 78s from the 1920s-1940s sound great on my modern system and are a lot of fun to listen to. Of course lots of surface noise and limited overall dynamic range and frequency response is a big part of the 78 recording game. The microdynamics of these old 78s are their most interesting audio feature. I do not recommend investing in anything fancy for these, but strongly encourage those motivated who have never attempted to bring old 78s into their modern audio fold to give it a try.
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