That's what they were meant to be played on. You could use a cactus needle.
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78's sound magical on a victrola. my friends who listen on 78 cartridges are always dumbfounded how much more presence and "soul" comes thru on my victrola. I guess it might be a little like an old violin, there is something special that the aged wood imparts. For example, I've never really enjoyed Frank Sinatra, until I heard him on 78's on a victrola, it's just a different experience. Heifetz also has never sounded better, and I think it is the most accurate portrayal/presentation of his playing/tone. All of that supposed coldness is nowhere in evidence on most of his 78's when I listen on the victrola. as a matter of fact he comes across as very warm and human.