How to fix a turntable stylus

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A good stylus on your turntable is an integral part of a well-functioning hi-fi sound system. To keep a turntable in proper working order, you must do maintenance on its stylus from time to time. Repairing the stylus on a turntable is easy to do and requires just a little research.

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Things you need

  • Turntable manual (optional)
  • Needle (optional)
  • Cartridge model
  • Turntable model
  • New stylus

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  1. 1

    Find out what kind of stylus your record player takes (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Consult your record player manual for instructions on how to install a new stylus on your model of turntable.

  3. 3

    If you don't have a manual, take a look at your stylus. Most record players are designed for the stylus to simply slide out with little effort.

  4. 4

    After you remove the worn out stylus, slide the new stylus in the same place.

  1. 1

    Determine what kind of needle is compatible with your stylus (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Consult your manual for instructions on how to install a new needle.

  3. 3

    If you don't have a manual, try gently and smoothly pulling on the needle with a pair of tweezers. The needle should come out. Be gentle.

  4. 4

    Using the tweezers, insert the new needle into the same hole until it is securely embedded.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep an extra stylus on hand at DJ gigs in case your needle starts to wear out. The stylus can be changed quickly and smoothly.
  • Do not continue to use a worn out needle when you notice the sound quality declining; a worn out needle can cause permanent damage to records.
  • If a needle becomes too dull, it can lose grip on the grooves and slide around on the record, scratching it.

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