best recorded 78rpm to look for, also cartridge...

Hi folks,
I've recently started spinning 78's and realized that some of them especially ones in the great shape sounds awsome on my recently restored secondary turntable Empire 598 with empire 980 arm with currently mounted Pickering D750 NOS cartridge. This cartridge is a very light tracker, but for 78's I have to overload it's actual specified tracking force 3x times to get it stable on the wide grooves. Please recommend me the best available within $$.
Which great sounding 78's do you have in your collection?

Showing 1 response by br3098

The Pickering D750 is a stylus, not a cartridge, that is designed for stereo playback. You will have much better sound reproduction if you use a mono cartridge specifically designed for playback of 78 records. In fact, using a stereo cartridge (stylus) on your 78s will surely damage the record grooves.

I have used a number of them, mostly from Ortofon and Grado, but there are others. The stylus tip size you will need depends on your 78 records and when they were made - sizes range from approx. 2 mils to 6.5 mils for old acoustic playback platters. You will probably be safe with a stylus tip size of 2.5-3.5 mils.

While 78s are anything but high fidelity, they can sound very good if used in the right system and you can get the turnover and rolloff correction (equalization curve) right. But IMO the main reason for playing 78s is not for the quality of the music, but because you will find a whole world of music that has never been recorded in any other format. Have fun.